Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles, ref: MS Hunter 252 (U.4.10), fol 168v

Activity by Medieval and Early Modern Cluster

Recent activity by members of the Medieval and Early Modern Research Cluster

Johanna Green

Grant capture/funded projects

2020-21, Visiting Fellowship, Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries: Digitally Communicating the Medieval Book: An Examination of the Potential and Impact of Social Media Content for Public Engagement with the Materiality of Medieval Written Heritage [$5,000].

2020-21, PI, RSE-funded research workshop award: Digitally Exhibiting Textual Heritage: Investigating the Potential of Digital Technologies for the Display of Manuscripts, Printed Books and Historical Documents [£9,998.50]. (Includes core participants from the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, the National Library of Scotland, Cambridge University Library, University of Aberdeen Special Collections, Glasgow Life, Glasgow University ASC, UofG CoA staff from Humanities and Critical Studies).


Conference, non-plenary: ‘Using Instagram as a Site of Touch: Public Engagement with Medieval Manuscript Materiality’, DCDC19 (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities), The National Archives, Research Libraries UK and JISC annual conference, Birmingham, November 2019.

Research seminar, invited: ‘‘Where the Wild Things Are’: An Examination of Marginalia in Glasgow MS Hunter 232 (U.3.5) as Evidence of Early Modern Children’s Handwriting’, Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen, 2020.

Conference, non-plenary: ‘Reading between the Lines: Overlapping Prick Marks in two Quires of Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 96 (T.4.13)’, panel Challenging Manuscript Boundaries, I: Re-Centring the Edges of Manuscript Production, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2020 (with Thomas Gobbitt, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien; Stephanie Lahey, University of Victoria, British Columbia).

Other activities

External Service: Member, ‘Crossing Frontiers: Medieval Visions of Modern Science’ Project, Queen’s University Belfast. [PI Marilina Cesario].

Invited Member, Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Special Collections Advisory Board.

Reviewer for: ‘Culture and Media’ Monograph Series, Palgrave Macmillan; Book History Journal, JHU Press; Manuscript Studies Journal, Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies; Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

Article commissioned for BBC History Magazine, ‘Life in the Margins’, expected publication 2020.

Internal service: Co-director Digital Cultural Heritage Lab; awards panellist, Glasgow University Library Visiting Research Fellowships.

Member, Medieval Manuscripts Research Consortium (UK-wide; other UofG members Prof. Jeremy Smith, Dr Alison Wiggins, Dr Diane Scott).

Co-Organiser (with Bob MacLean), CILIP Annual Rare Books Conference, Glasgow 2020.

Katherine Heavey


‘Intertextuality and Thomas Heywood’s Early Ovid: Oenone and Paris (1594)’, in Thomas Heywood and the Classical Tradition, ed. Janice Valls-Russell and Tania Demetriou. Manchester University Press. (Forthcoming, 2021).

Editor: ‘Classical Tragedy Translated in Early Modern England’, Special Issue of Translation and Literature, 29 (1) (March 2020). Includes Editor’s Introduction, 1-24.

‘Fifty Ways to Kill Your Brother: Medea and the Poetics of Fratricide in Early Modern English Literature’, in Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, ed. Janice Valls-Russell, Agnes Lafont, and Charlotte Coffin. Manchester University Press, 2017.

Event organisation

May 2019, ‘Classical Tragedy Translated in Early Modern England’, symposium at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

November 2017, ‘Finding Meaning in Myth’, public event for the Being Human Festival, including keynotes by Edith Hall and Liz Lochhead.

November 2017, ‘Women and War in Early Modern England: Margaret Cavendish’s Bell in Campo’, public event for the Being Human Festival.

Grant capture/funded projects

2019, Assisted PI Dr Richard Stacey in development of a successful funding bid (c. £15,000) for Glasgow-University of Sydney partnership scheme.

2016-2018, £4990 British Academy Small Research Grant, ‘Seneca’s Medea in Manuscript’.

2017, £475 grant from the Being Human Festival.


‘Writing Myth for Men in Early Modern England’, invited lecture for Paris Early Modern Seminar, the Sorbonne, June 2018.

‘Are you talking to me? Myth and the reader in early modern England’, invited talk for the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Aberdeen University, February 2017.

Other activities

Visiting teaching and research appointment at McGill University, Montreal, March 2019.

Reviews editor of Translation and Literature, 2018-2020.

Research Assessor for the Carnegie Trust.

Member of the Higher Education Committee of the English Association.

September 2017: Delivered workshop for Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher English Literature students at St Andrew’s Secondary School, Glasgow. Title: ‘Myth, Magic and Murder: Liz Lochhead’s Medea’.

June 2017: Delivered interdisciplinary workshop for A Level English Literature students at Burnley College. Title: ‘Shakespeare Reads Ovid in The Tempest’.


Pamela King

Contracted publications

(with Andrew Prescott) Fraternal Drama, Bloomsbury.

‘Dunbar’, in the Oxford History of Poetry in English, Vol. 3, ed. Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards.

‘The Medieval Period’, in the Blackwell Companion to Scottish Literature, ed. G. Carruthers.


‘The Coventry playbooks’, in Early British Drama in Manuscript, ed. T. Atkin and L. Estill. Series: British Manuscripts. Brepols, 2019, pp. 33-54. ISBN 9782503575469.

‘Gavin Douglas, aesthetic organisation, and individual distraction’, in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain, ed. T. Atkin and J. Rajsic.  D.S. Brewer, 2019,  pp. 53-72. ISBN 9781843845317.

‘Patronage, performativity, and ideas of Corpus Christi’, in Renaissance College: Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in Context, c.1450-c.1600, ed. M. Feingold and J. Watts. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Editor: The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance. Routledge: London, 2016. ISBN 9781472421401.

Other activities

General Editor of the Variorum Series Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies (Routledge); editor with Sarah Carpenter of the selected essays of Meg Twycross in the series.

Commissioning Editor and Chair of Board for the series Early Social Performance for ARC Press.

Member of Council for the Scottish Text Society and elected member of the Scottish Medievalists.

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Honorary Visiting Fellow, Bristol Theatre Collection in the University of Bristol.


Rob Maslen


‘The Strangeness of King John’, Essays in Criticism 64 (3) (2014), 247-265.

‘Marlowe’s Ghost: The Second Report of Doctor John Faustus’, in Airy Nothings: Imagining the Otherworld of Faerie from the Middle Ages to the Age of Reason: Essays in Honour of Alasdair A. MacDonald, ed. Karin E. Olsen and Jan R. Veenstra. Brill, 2014, pp. 1-24.

Co-Editor: ‘Early Modern Voices’, Special Issue in Honour of Alison Thorne, Journal of the Northern Renaissance 9 (Autumn 2017), with essays by Helen Hackett, Jennifer Richards, Douglas Clark, Steven Veerapen, René Weis and Susan Wiseman. Co-edited with introduction co-written with Dermot Cavanagh. ISSN 1759-3085. http://www.northernrenaissance.org

‘Elizabethan Popular Romance and the Popular Novel’, in The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol. 1, Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750, ed. Tom Keymer. Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 196-211. ISBN 9780199580033.

‘The Decay of Exemplarity in Troilus and Cressida’, in Troilus and Cressida: A Critical Reader, ed. Efterpi Mitsi, Arden Early Modern Drama Guides. Arden, 2019, pp. 107-128. ISBN (HB): 9781350014190.

Invited talk

‘Aspects of the Early Modern Fantastic in Shakespeare’s The Tempest’, University of St Andrews, 14 February 2018.


‘Generals and Degenerates in Shakespeare’s Trojan History’, ‘Shakespeare in Greece/Greece in Shakespeare’ Conference, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 25 October 2016.


‘Shakespeare, Tam o’Shanter, and the Theatrical Works of Robert Burns’, ‘Two Bards: Burns and Shakespeare’, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS) and Centre for Robert Burns Studies (University of Glasgow) Annual Conference 2016, 16 January 2016.

Grant capture/funded projects

Assisted PI Dr Richard Stacey in development of a successful funding bid (c. £15,000) for Glasgow-USydney partnership scheme.

External examining

PhD, University of Lancaster, 2017: ‘Elizabethan Occult Poetics’.

PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2018: ‘Community in Shakespearean Comedy’.

Other activities

Blog: ‘The City of Lost Books’.


Beth Robertson


‘Seeing is Believing: Veridical Perception and Cognitive Penetration in Chaucer’s Second Nun’s Tale, Troilus and Criseyde and The Merchant’s Tale’. Brepols. (In press).

‘Soul-Making in Piers Plowman’, Yearbook of Langland Studies (2020). (In press).

‘ “Mede Overmaistrieth Lawe”: Gendered Personification and the Imaginative Power of the Feminine in Piers Plowman’ in Approaches to Teaching William Langland’s Piers Plowman, ed. Thomas A. Goodmann. Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Modern Language Association Publications, 2018.

‘Skin Matters’, in Writing on Skin in the Age of Chaucer, ed. Nicole Nyffenegger and Katrin Rupp. Walter de Gruyter, 2018.

‘Rhyme Royal and Medieval Romance’, in The Transmission of Medieval Romance: Metre and Manuscripts, ed. Judith Jefferson and Ad Putter. Boydell and Brewer, 2017.

‘Julian of Norwich and the Digital’, (Archive Journal) Special Issue, Digital Medieval Manuscript Cultures (2018).

‘First Encounter: “Snail-Horn Perception” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde’, in Contemporary Chaucer Across the Centuries, ed. Helen Hickey et al. Brepols, 2018.

‘Lyric Interventions in Troilus and Criseyde’, in Form and Focus in Middle English Lyrics: New Approaches to Short Poems, ed. Christiania Whitehead and Julia Boffey. Boydell and Brewer, 2018.

‘Chaucer’s and Wordsworth’s Vivid Daisies’, in The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Twenty-First Century Perspectives, ed. Bettina Bildhauer and Christopher Jones. Proceedings of the British Academy: Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 219-238.

‘Can a Woman Rape a Man? Nature, Desire and Consent in Shakespeare’s “Venus and Adonis” and the “Rape of Lucrece”’, in The Cambridge Companion to Erotic Literature, ed. Bradford Mudge. Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 47-63.

Works in progress

Chaucerian Consent: Women, Religion and Subjection in Late Medieval England.

Literature and the Senses for Oxford Approaches to Literature in the Twenty-First Century (Under contract).

‘Augustinian Compassion or Ovidian Pity in Chaucer’s Rape of Lucrece’, for Macht And Herrchaft, ed. Andrea Stieldorf, Irina Dumitrescu, Linda Dohmen, Ludwig Morenz (Brepols).

Grant capture/funded projects

2015-18, Funded by the Royal Society for Edinburgh and numerous Swiss Grant Agencies: ‘Understanding the Senses in the Middle Ages and the Present’ (In collaboration with Annette Kern-Stahler of the University of Bern and Fiona Macpherson of the University of Glasgow, Philosophy, Centre for the Study of Perception) (follow on grant applications in progress).

External appointments

External Examiner for BA Degree in English, University of Kent, 2016-present.


‘Soul Making in Piers Plowman’ Plenary address, International Piers Plowman Society Meeting, April 2019.

Invited talks

‘Did Chaucer know Augustine’s City of God?’  Invited speaker, for international interdisciplinary conference on Macht and Herschaft, University of Bonn, 2019.

2018  ‘Raptus and Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale’, Invited speaker, University of Massachusetts, Boston, October 2018.

Other activities

Podcast: “A Feminist Take on Medieval History," episode of BBC Radio 3 and AHRC podcast series.

Grant application in progress: Multilingual Poetic Innovation in the British Isles 500-1500.

Thread leader for New Chaucer Society Meeting on Affect, originally planned for 2020 now postponed to 2021

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Founder and Advisory Board member.

Editor, Yearbook of Langland Studies.

A festschrift in Professor Roberston’s honour is forthcoming:

Gender, Poetry, and the Form of Thought in Later Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth A. Robertson, eds. Jennifer Jahner and Ingrid Nelson. Lehigh University Press, 2020.

Jeremy Smith


Transforming Early English: monograph. Cambridge University Press, 2020 (funded Leverhulme Trust, 2017-2019).

‘Recuperating Older Scots in the early 18th century’, in The Dynamics of Text and Framing Phenomena in the History of English, ed. M. Peikola and B. Boes. Benjamins, 2020, pp. 267-287.

‘Godly vocabulary in Early Modern English religious debate’, in Voices of the Past and Present, ed. E. Jonsson and T. Larsson. Benjamins, 2020, pp. 95-112.

‘Charles d’Orleans and his finding of English’, in Charles d’Orleans’s English Aesthetic, ed. M.-J. Arn and R .C. Perry. Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp.182-210.

‘Textual form and textual function: punctuation and the reception of Early English texts’, in Punctuation in Context, ed. C. Claridge and M. Kyto. Lang, 2020, pp. 131-150.

‘On the pragmatics of punctuation in Middle English local documents’, in Records of Real People: Linguistic Variation in Middle English Local Documents, ed. M. Stenroos and K. Thengs. Benjamins, 2020, pp. 207-220.

‘On scriptae: correlating spelling and script in late Middle English’, Special number, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 80 (2020), 13-27.

‘Chaucer and London English’, in Geoffrey Chaucer in Context, ed. I. Johnson. Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 35-42. ISBN 9781107035645 (doi:10.1017/9781139565141).

‘Chaucer's linguistic invention’, in Geoffrey Chaucer in Context, ed. I Johnson. Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 27-34. ISBN 9781107035645 (doi:10.1017/9781139565141).

Jasper, D. and Smith, J.J. ‘ 'The Lay Folks' Mass Book' and Thomas Frederick Simmons: medievalism and the Tractarians’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 70 (4) (2019), 785-804 (doi:10.1017/S002204691900054X).

‘The inventions of Sir Thomas Urquhart’, in The Impact of Latin Culture on Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing, ed. A. Petrina and I. Johnson. Medieval Institute Publications, 2018. ISBN (HB): 9781580442817; (E-book): 9781580447824.

‘From secreit script to public print: punctuation, news management and the condemnation of the Earl of Bothwell’, Huntington Library Quarterly 80 (2) (2017), 223-238.

‘The afterlives of Nicholas Love’, Studia Neophilologica 89 (Sup1) (2017), 59-74. (doi:10.1080/00393274.2017.1354718).


Fisiak Memorial Lecture: ‘Keywords and codes: the secret discourse of linguistic communities’. Poznan, May 2020: rescheduled to 2021 (date tba).

Presidential address, International Society for the Linguistics of English: ‘Rethinking philology: the state of the art’. Joensuu, June 2020 (rescheduled to June 2021).


Conference presentation (non-plenary): John Gower Society: ‘The language of the Confessio Amantis: the Gower scripta and the myth of standard written English’. South Bend, Indiana, July 2020 (rescheduled for 2021).

Other activities

Current external service: REF 2021 subpanel 27; RSE: nominations, research funding, outreach committees, and public/school talks on Scots and English in Scotland, on the history of English spelling, and on the metre/rhythm interface in poetry.

Member, Medieval Manuscripts Research Consortium (other GU members are Johanna Green, Diane Scott, Alison Wiggins).

Ongoing collaboration with Stavanger Middle English Scribal Texts project (lead: Merja Stenroos).

Planning committee, International Conference on Middle English (Glasgow 2021; lead – Joanna Kopaczyk).

Research/teaching/examining trips to Alcala, Castellon, Helsinki, Turku, Uppsala.


Adrian Streete


'I will be of Demosthenes minde:' Religious Passions in the Writing of Thomas Scott, 1620-1626', Studies in Philology 117 (3) (2020), 579-605.

'Othello and the Grammar of Evil', Shakespeare Quarterly (2020).

'Polemical Laughter in Thomas Middleton's A Game at Chess', English Literary Renaissance 50 (2) (2020), 296-333.

'Antipapal aesthetics and the Gunpowder Plot: staging Barnabe Barnes' The Devil's Charter', in Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts, ed. S. Covington and K. Reklis. Routledge, 2020.

'Pity and Neo-Stoicism in Webster's The Duchess of Malfi', in The Transformations of Tragedy: Christian Influences from Early Modern to Modern, ed. F. O'Neill Tonning, E. Tonning, and J. Mitchell.  Brill, 2019.

'Sin and evil', in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Religion, ed. H. Hamlin. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Streete, A. and Sierhuis, F., 'Calvinism and theatre in early modern England and the Dutch Republic', in Cultures of Calvinism in Early Modern Europe, ed. C. Gribben and G. Murdock. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Event organisation

13-14 September 2019, RSE Workshop on 'Teaching Literature and Catholicism in 21st c Scotland'.

2-3 June 2020, RSE Symposium on 'Catholicism and Literary Culture in Scotland, Ireland, and England: Medieval to Modern'.


Plenary lecture at ‘The Song of Songs in European Poetry (13th-17th Centuries): Translations, Appropriations, Rewritings Conference’, University of Padua, 29-30 June 2020.

Plenary lecture at ‘Enemies in the Early Modern World Conference’, University of Edinburgh, 23-25 October 2020.

Grant capture/funded projects

2019-2021, Leverhulme Research Fellowship; 2019-2021, RSE Network Grant.

External appointments

External Examiner for BA Degree in English Literature, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2020-2023.


Theo van Heijnsbergen


‘Sixteenth-Century Scottish Poetry’, in the Oxford History of Poetry in English, co-authored with Willy Maley (contracted and submitted).

Plenary Lecture

‘ … and this is why.’ Scottish pre-Union Writing Matters’, conference on ‘Writings before the Union’, University of Dundee, 1 May 2020.

Public Lectures

Annual International Lecture for the Association of Scottish Literary Studies: ‘A Dutch Man Looks at the Thistle’. Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, 28 January 2020.

‘The medieval Scottish Lives of the saints’. Public lecture as part of the St Mungo Festival, with Jessica Reid, St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Art in Glasgow, 2-4pm, 16 January 2019.


‘The Representation of Mary Queen of Scots in the So-Called Casket Letters and Sonnets’, paper at the ‘Memorialising Mary Queen of Scots’ workshop as part of the GU-based Research Network Grant, 4 June 2019.

‘Forgotten Fifteenth-Century Scots Fantasy’, short paper at the ‘Symposium on Fantasy and the Fantastic’, Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, University of Glasgow, 10 May 2019.

‘Was there a pre-Union Scotland? Catherine Cockburn Trotter: A Case Study’, paper at the ‘Writings from Scotland Before the Union Conference’, University of Dundee, 13 April 2019.

Grant capture/funded projects

Seed Corn Funding from the School of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Glasgow granted December 2019.

Other activities

‘Forging Literary Texts From the Archives’: One-hour workshop at the two-day AHRC-sponsored Quadrivium Postgraduate Training event, 9-10 November 2018, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.

Sole organizer of the international 5-day ICMRSLL conference (= 15th triennial International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Literature and Language), University of Glasgow, 24-28 July 2017; 62 papers and 83 delegates.


Alison Wiggins

Contracted publications

‘The Handwritten Fictions of the Archive: Handwriting as Authentication, Encryption, and Forensic Evidence in Elizabethan Letters’, in Post-Truth in the Archives, ed. Michael Moss and David Thomas. Oxford University Press. (In press).

Co-editor with Prof. Andrew Prescott: Archives: Power, Truth, and Fiction, Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature. Oxford University Press (Contracted).

‘Materialities: Textual Forms’, in Archives: Power, Truth, and Fiction, ed. Prescott and Wiggins (see above).

‘Digital Materiality and Early Modern Archives’, in Materialities of the Archive in the Digital Age, ed. Eirini Goudarouli and Andrew Prescott. British Academy and Oxford University Press (Contracted).


Bess of Hardwick's Letters: Language, Materiality and Early Modern Epistolary Culture [paperback edition]. Series: Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. Routledge, 2019. ISBN 9780367140335.

‘Money, marriage and remembrance: telling stories from the Cavendish Financial Accounts’, in Bess of Hardwick: New Perspectives, ed. L Hopkins. Manchester University Press, 2019. ISBN 9781526101297.

Bess of Hardwick's Letters: Language, Materiality and Early Modern Epistolary Culture [hardback edition]. Series: Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. Routledge, 2017. ISBN 9781409461296.

Grant capture/funded projects

2017-19, AHRC Archives and Writing Lives Principal Investigator: Alison Wiggins (100%). Institution: University of Glasgow, College of Arts, English Language & Linguistics. Funder: AHRC, Leadership Fellowship. Project Reference: AH/P009735/1. Funded value: £125,923 (£155,719 total). Plus contributions in kind from The Folger Shakespeare Library and The Bodleian Library.