Recent and current research projects

Recent and current staff research projects include the mapping of English vernacular lives of Christ in the Geographies of Orthodoxy project, conducted in collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast; Professor Neil Rhodes’ and Professor Andrew Hadfield’s MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations series; Professor Lorna Hutson’s series of critical monographs, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture. Dr Chris Jones is a commissioning editor for Boydell and Brewer’s Medievalism series, and Dr Rhiannon Purdie for their Studies in Medieval Romance series. Dr Purdie is also the Editorial Secretary for the Scottish Text Society.

Primarily, however, staff research takes the form of writing high-quality monographs and articles; of scholarly editing; and of the editing of critical collections on literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the eighteenth century.

Research topics

Recent and current PhD topics include the reception of King Arthur in late-medieval Scotland; the grotesque in late-medieval English and Scottish literature; the translation of Villon into English literary culture; penance and confession in psalmic poetry and prose of the sixteenth century; legal bonds in English and Spanish Renaissance drama; the reception of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1609-1790; seventeenth-century English devotional poetry; Ben Jonson and ‘character’; sovereignty and lawmaking violence on the Renaissance stage.