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Professor Andrew McRae

Research interests


In my research, in the field of early modern English literature and culture, I aim to combine literary and historical modes of analysis. Particular themes and questions that I have addressed, and that continue to interest me, include: literature and the environment, literature and politics, satire, pastoral and georgic, travel-writing, space and nationhood, popular literature, the early modern body.

My current research projects include two major collaborative AHRC-funded projects: 'The Stuart Successions Project', which is concerned with the wealth of literature produced to mark the accession of each Stuart monarch across the period 1603-1702; and 'The Poly-Olbion Project', which aims to produce a new scholarly edition of Michael Drayton's early seventeenth-century poem of national description. I also maintain an interest in representations of early modern woodlands, in the context of Britain's earliest debates over the sustainability of a natural resource. I expect that this will lead to grants and publications in the future.

I have supervised doctoral projects on topics including: London lord mayors’ pageants of the early seventeenth-century; taverns in early modern literature; the maternal body in Shakespeare; the cultural history of cancer in early modern England; and the figure of the royal consort in Stuart England. I have particularly enjoyed supervising two projects in collaboration with a medical historian, and I am always keen to discuss potential projects with students, and to find the right supervision arrangements for the individual.