Research title: Restoring the Restoration: the writing of Thomas St. Serfe (1624-70).
Thomas Sydserf, or St. Serfe, (1624-70) was arguably Restoration Scotland's most innovative writer, producing at least two translations, including Bergerac's L'Autre Monde, two plays, news-books and -letters, and a series of satirical pamphlets, in the space of about thirteen years. His work has traditionally been overlooked, and occasionally misunderstood, by researchers in both Scottish and English literature. My PhD seeks to meet Sydserf's translations, pamphlets, plays and newsbooks on their own terms. It addresses questions of pre-Darien Scottish colonial ambition, the development of the early-modern public sphere, and the changing role of the nobility and the gentry after the Restoration.
My PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities.
- Collaborative Research Award, as lead organiser of the Symposium for Seventeenth-Century Scottish Literature, £1000.
- Andrew Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature, as lead organiser of the Symposium for Seventeenth-Century Scottish Literature, £200.
- SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarship, 2019-present, £67676.
- Principia Bursary for Postgraduate Study in Scottish Literature, 2015, £2500;
- James Boswell Bursary for an outstanding student at Glasgow University undertaking PG study, 2014, £1000;
- Andrew Tannahill Award for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature, used to fund PG study 2014, £750;
- School of Critical Studies funding for Postgraduate Research Activities, used for conference attendance, 2014, £150;
- The Cross Trust Award for Vacation Studies in the Arts, put towards attendance at the University of Cambridge’s Medieval Studies Summer School, 2014, £800.
‘Royalist Masculinity in Crisis:“Tarugo's Wiles: or, the Coffee-House”’ at the Symposium for Seventeenth Century Scottish-Literature, 17-19 February 2021.
‘Legends of the Saints’, St Mungo Festival, Glasgow, 16 January 2019.
‘“Folk" celebration? Thomas St Serfe’s “The Prince of Tartaria, his Voyage to Cowper in Fife"’ at ‘Minority’ Cultures and Travel, Aberystwyth, 14-16 September 2015.
‘Thomas St Serfe and the Festive Regeneration of Seventeenth-Century Scotland in “The Prince of Tartaria his Voyage to Cowper in Fife”’ at the 14th International Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature, Bochum, 28-31 July 2014.
Scottish Literature Level 1, 2020-present.
Neil Munro Medal for Excellence in Scottish Literature, 2014.
Lead organiser, Symposium for Seventeenth Century Scottish Literature, 17-19 Feburary 2021.
Editorial board at eSharp, 2019-20.