Medieval and Renaissance

Crossing disciplines is a hallmark of research into the medieval and renaissance periods, and the School’s provision in this area is closely linked to our interdisciplinary network, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow (MRSG).  MRSG brings together some 60 specialists across and beyond the College of Arts, and is directed by the School’s Elizabeth Robertson.

The School houses many world-class experts in medieval and renaissance literature, and a large community of postgraduates (MLitt, MPhil, PhD), many of them working on interdisciplinary topics through the Network.  Colleagues work on such diverse topics as religion and gender in Anglo-Saxon and medieval English poetry (notably Langland studies); poetics and metrics; the application of postcolonial theory to the study of renaissance literature in Britain and Ireland; comedy, satire and laughter; and early modern translation (linking with the Translation cluster).  Recent relevant initiatives include research on Celtic Shakespeare and a new international network on the history of the senses.  Strengths in the study of Older Scots literary culture link this cluster with researchers in Scottish literature.  Work on religious developments in the long period from Lollardy through the Reformation and beyond, and including work on Islamic, Judaic and Arabic thought, links with our Religion clusters. There is particular expertise in book history from a 'historical pragmatics' perspective, e.g. the Mellon-funded Making Medieval English Manuscripts project (2011-2013) or the RSE-funded Textual Afterlives initiative; much work is undertaken on Glasgow’s world-famous Hunterian Collection of manuscripts and early printed books, which has significant holdings of both western and eastern materials. The cluster also hosts the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Polemical Laughter in English Literary Culture, 1500-1700’ which will run from 2019 to 2021

Outreach is a growing feature of this cluster’s work.  For instance, the completion of the AHRC-funded Letters of Bess of Hardwick project was marked by a major exhibition, Unsealed: The Letters of Bess of Hardwick (2011-2013), held at the National Trust's Hardwick Hall, and at the National Archives at Kew, attracting over 300,000 visitors. In 2015, Glasgow will host the congress of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists; past conferences have included those of the Early Book and New Chaucer Societies, and we maintain a major presence at both events.

The Letters of Bess of Hardwick
Making Medieval English Manuscripts
Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow
International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies
International Piers Plowman Society
New Chaucer Society
Early Book Society

Associated staff:

Katherine Heavey

Dr Katherine Heavey

Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Classical adaptation and reception in early modern English literature, early modern translation, early modern drama and prose fiction, Medea in early modern English literature.

Carole Hough

Professor Carole Hough

Professor of Onomastics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Onomastics, Place-Names, Personal Names, Old English, Anglo-Saxon Law, Dictionaries, Lexicography, Thesauri, Semantics, Cognitive Linguistics

Professor Pamela King

Professor of English Language and Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: theatre, drama, festival, iconography, medievalism, manuscripts

Joanna Kopaczyk

Dr Joanna Kopaczyk

Senior Lecturer in Scots and English (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Scots;pragmatics;discourse;socio-historical linguistics;historical multilingualism;historical corpus linguistics;phraseology;legal language;formulaic language;written language

Kathryn Lowe

Dr Kathryn Lowe

Senior Lecturer in Old and Middle English (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Old English; Manuscript Studies; Textual Transmission; Editing; Literacy; Middle English; History Of The English Language

Willy Maley

Professor Willy Maley

Professor of Renaissance Studies (English Literature)

Research interests: Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Postcolonialism

Robert Maslen

Dr Robert Maslen

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Fantasy and the Fantastic, Early Modern Literature and Theatre

Charlotte Methuen

Professor Charlotte Methuen

Professor of Ecclesiastical History (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Reformation History, Church History, History Of Ecumenism, History Of Women'S Ministry, Ministry In The Church

Elizabeth Robertson

Professor Elizabeth Robertson

Professor of English Language (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Middle English Literature 1066-1550; gender and religion in medieval literature; Piers Plowman; Poetics and the new formalism; history of the Soul in literature; Medieval Cognition; History of the Senses and Emotions; Literary Theory

Jeremy Smith

Professor Jeremy Smith

Professor of English Philology (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Old & Middle English Language & Literature, History of English & Scots, Historical Pragmatics, Book History

Adrian Streete

Professor Adrian Streete

Professor of Early Modern English Literature and Religion (English Literature)

Research interests: Protestantism; anti-Catholicism; early modern epistemology, scepticism, and speculative philosophy; polemical rhetoric; apocalypticism; early modern literature and politics; Leverhulme-funded project ‘Polemical Laughter in English Literary Culture, 1500-1700'.

Theo Van Heijnsbergen

Dr Theo Van Heijnsbergen

Lecturer in Scottish Medieval and Early Modern Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: literature; drama; translation; travel writing; Robert the Bruce; Wallace; Gavin Douglas; romance; modern; novel; fantasy; eldritch; book history; manuscript transmission; court poetry; editing; chivalry; lyric; Alan Warner; A.L. Kennedy; Janice Galloway; Mary Queen of Scots;

Alison Wiggins

Dr Alison Wiggins

Reader in English Language and Manuscripts (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: scholarly editing, digital humanities, archives, handwriting, manuscript cultures, Middle English literature, Early Modern English, correspondence and letter-writing, historical financial accounts, Chatsworth House, Mary Queen of Scots