Staff profiles

Professor Pascale Aebischer

Professor Pascale Aebischer works on Shakespeare, feminist performance studies and Jacobean drama. She is the author of Screening Early Modern Drama: Beyond Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press, 2013), completed with the aid of an AHRC Research Fellowship, and co-editor with Kathryn Prince of Performing Early Modern Drama Today (CUP, 2012). Previous publications include Jacobean Drama: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Shakespeare’s Violated Bodies: Stage and Screen Performance (CUP, 2004). She is the editor of Shakespeare Bulletin.

Professor Karen Edwards

Professor Karen Edwards’ research interests include John Milton; early modern literature and science; and the Bible and literature. She is currently working on the culture of vituperative insult in Civil War polemics, a project developing from her first book, Milton and the Natural World: Science and Poetry in ‘Paradise Lost’ (CUP, 1999), and her ongoing work on the presence of political, satiric, and ‘scientific’ animals in the works of Milton and other early modern writers. Her Milton’s Reformed Animals: An Early Modern Bestiary appeared in a series of special issues of Milton Quarterly in 2008-9.

Professor Marion Gibson

Professor Marion Gibson has written extensively on texts connected by an interest in the supernatural, magic and witchcraft in literature, especially popular literature. Her most recent books include Imagining the Pagan Past: Gods and Goddesses in Literature and History since the Dark Ages (Routledge, 2013), completed with the aid of a major AHRC grant for a project focusing on ‘Mysticism, Myth and ‘Celtic’ Nationalism’. She is also author, with Jo Esra, of Shakespeare's Demonology: An Arden Shakespeare Dictionary (Bloomsbury, 2013); Possession, Puritanism and Print (Pickering & Chatto, 2006) and Witchcraft Myths in American Culture (Routledge, 2007).

Dr Johanna Harris

Dr Johanna Harris is interested in the literary, religious and intellectual culture of early modern England, particularly English puritanism, literature of dissent, letter writing networks, and women’s writing. She is working on a monograph, Puritan Epistolary Community in Early Modern England (for Palgrave Macmillan), and an edition of the non-epistolary manuscript writings of the puritan Lady Brilliana Harley (for Ashgate’s Early Modern Englishwoman series). She has edited (with Elizabeth Scott-Baumann) The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women, 1558-1680 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). She is also editing Thomas Traherne’s Select Meditations for OUP (as part of a 14 volume series) and is co-general editor (with Alison Searle) of a project that is editing the complete correspondence of Richard Baxter.

Dr Felicity Henderson

Dr Felicity Henderson’s research centres on 17th century intellectual and manuscript culture, with a particular interest in the history of science. Her first book, Francis Lodwick: On Language, Theology, and Utopia, co-edited with William Poole, was published by OUP in 2011. She is currently co-editing Thomas Browne’s notebooks for the Oxford Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne, and is also preparing a new edition of the diary of Robert Hooke FRS for OUP. She has also worked on early-modern erudite satire and the circulation of ephemeral texts in manuscript miscellanies.

Dr Eddie Jones

Dr Eddie Jones’s research interests include the devotional and contemplative literature of the late Middle Ages; medieval mystics; hermits and anchorites; medieval religious history. His recent publications include, with Alexandra  Walsham, Syon Abbey and its Books (Boydell, 2010), and with M. Y. Ashcroft, Monastic charters and other documents relating to mediaeval piety in the North Yorkshire County Record Office, (North Yorkshire County Council, 2009). He runs the Hermits and Anchorites Project, and his next book will be a history of hermits in the later middle ages.

Dr Elliot Kendall

Dr Elliot Kendall works primarily on the great household and late medieval writers' engagement with its social dynamics and power (royal and aristocratic). In Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household (OUP, 2008) he focuses on the great household and Gower's Confessio Amantis, and he is currently working on the household imagination of politics from before the Wars of the Roses to the reign of Henry VIII. His research interests include Middle English; Ricardian literature; medieval romance; the aristocracy in medieval society; intersections of ‘literary' and ‘official' texts; and literature and political change between the reigns of Henry VI and Henry VIII.

Professor Gerald MacLean

Professor Gerald MacLean’s research interests include East-West encounters; cultural studies; Ottoman and comparative imperialisms; travel writing; Turkish studies. His recent publications include Britain and the Muslim World: Historical Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011), exploring Anglo-Islamic relations in the age before ‘Orientalism’, and, with Nabil Matar, Britain and the Islamic World, 1558-1713 (OUP, 2011).

Professor Nicholas McDowell

Professor Nicholas McDowell is interested in the literary, cultural and intellectual history of 17th-century England, specializing in literature and the English Civil Wars, Milton, and Marvell. He is the author of Poetry and Allegiance in the English Civil Wars: Marvell and the Cause of Wit (OUP, 2008), and The English Radical Imagination: Culture, Religion, and Revolution, 1630-1660 (OUP, 2003). He has edited, with N. H. Keeble, Volume 6 of the Oxford Complete Works of John Milton: Vernacular Regicide and Republican Writings (OUP, 2013). John Milton: An Intellectual Biography is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2014. Professor McDowell is a past winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Professor Andrew McRae

Professor Andrew McRae is the author of books including Literature and Domestic Travel in Early Modern England (CUP, 2009), Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State (CUP, 2004), and God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660 (CUP, 1996). He is particularly interested in politics and literature, and the literature of space and place, but more generally with the interface between literature and history. He leads The Stuart Successions Project and The Poly-Olbion Project, both funded by the AHRC.

Dr Ayesha Mukherjee

Dr Ayesha Mukherjee’s research interests include famine; dearth; ecology; environment; Mughal India. Her first book, Penury into Plenty: Dearth and the Making of Knowledge in Early Modern England, will be an interdisciplinary study of dearth in England at the turn of the sixteenth century. In 2010-11 she led an AHRC-funded Research Network on Early Modern Discourses of Environmental Change and Sustainability. Her new project will explore the experience of famine in early modern England and Mughal India.

Dr Edward Paleit

Dr Edward Paleit specialises in the literary and intellectual culture of pre-Restoration England. He is particularly interested in the early modern reception and negotiation of antiquity, and therefore in the literary practices associated with Renaissance humanism (reading, composition, translation, imitation). He is the author of War, Liberty and Caesar: English Responses to Lucan's 'Bellum Ciuile', c. 1580-1650 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013).

Dr Henry Power

Dr Henry Power works on the literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (especially the period c. 1640-1760), the origins and antecedents of the English novel, and the reception of classical texts and ideas by English writers. His research interests include: theory and representation of landscape; the poetry of the English civil war; the epic tradition; satire and print culture.

Dr Chloe Preedy

Dr Chloe Preedy is the author of Marlowe's Literary Scepticism: Politic Religion and Post-Reformation Polemic (Arden Shakespeare Library, 2013). Her research interests include the ways in which early modern drama engaged with and participated in religious controversy, the theatrical representation of space, early modern propaganda networks, Elizabethan responses to Machiavelli, theatre and performance history, and textual editing.

Professor Philip Schwyzer

Professor Philip Schwyzer is particularly interested in how Renaissance writers imagine and interact with the ancient and medieval past, as well as in literary relations between England and Wales. His books include Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III (OUP, 2013), Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature (OUP, 2007) and Literature, Nationalism, and Memory in Early Modern England and Wales (CUP, 2004). He is Principal Investigator for the Leverhulme-funded project Speaking with the Dead: Histories of Memory in Sacred Space, and the ERC-funded project The Past in its Place. He is also Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Poly-Olbion Project.

Dr Victoria Sparey

Dr Victoria Sparey is interested in representations of the body, medical practices, family relations and gender identity within early modern literature. Whilst her research, to date, has focused upon the drama of Shakespeare, her interests extend to the works of other early modern playwrights and poets (including Thomas Middleton, Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker, John Ford, John Webster and John Donne).

Research Fellows and fixed-term staff

Dr Paul Bryant-Quinn

Dr Paul Bryant-Quinn is Associate Research Fellow attached to the ERC-funded project The Past in its Place. His research interests include religion and devotion in medieval Wales; the Bardic Order in the 15th and 16th centuries; Welsh humanist literature; Wales and the Anglo‒Zulu War. He has edited four volumes of late medieval Welsh poetry published by the Aberystwyth Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.

Dr Daniel Cattell

Dr Daniel Cattell is Associate Research Fellow attached to the AHRC-funded Poly-Olbion Project. His PhD (University of Exeter, 2012) explored the contiguity of Shakespeare's drama and the burgeoning literature of religious controversy in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England.

Dr Naomi Howell

Dr Naomi Howell is Associate Research Fellow on the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Speaking with the Dead: Histories of Memory in Sacred Space', and contributes to the linked ERC-funded project 'The Past in its Place'. Her areas of interest include tombs and funerary sculpture in medieval literature and society, particularly in the Anglo-Norman milieu. More broadly, she is interested in the wider cultural and material contexts which inform the relationship of the living with the past. She is completing a book on monuments and the memory of violence in twelfth-century romance.

Dr Sjoerd Levelt

Dr Sjoerd Levelt is Associate Research Fellow on The Poly-Olbion Project, with particular responsibility for the “Illustrations” of John Selden. He is the author of Jan van Naaldwijk’s Chronicles of Holland: Continuity and Transformation in the Historical Tradition of Holland during the Early Sixteenth Century (Verloren, 2011), winner of the Society for Renaissance Studies Book Prize 2012. His areas of interest include the medieval and early modern historiographical traditions of the Netherlands and Britain, book history and manuscript culture in the first centuries of printing. He studied Dutch and English Medieval Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Oxford, completed his PhD at the Warburg Institute, and taught early modern history at the Universities of Exeter and Sussex.

Dr John West

Dr John West is Associate Research Fellow on the Stuart Successions Project. His research interests include: the works of Dryden, Milton, and Marvell; ideas of poetic and religious “enthusiasm” in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; Restoration theatre, particularly heroic drama; and early modern women’s writing. He is currently researching articles on literary representations of the 1688/9 succession and on images of Rome in 17th-century succession writing (the latter to be co-authored with Paulina Kewes). He is also completing a monograph on literary and religious enthusiasm in the works of John Dryden.