Research in Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, for which the Lancaster University Department is recognised world wide, ranges from the fourteenth to late-seventeenth centuries. Specialist interests detailed below make for a rich exchange of ideas amongst members of the group in collaborative projects such as The Shakespeare Programme, The Northern Renaissance Seminars and the Early Quaker Project.
Early modern literature is a major dimension of trans-historical clusters within the Department (literature and fundamentalism; literature and location; literature and gender) and of interdisciplinary research (Gender and Cultural Practice; Re-Placing Ritual and Ceremony). Postgraduate research is offered at PhD, MPhil and MA level, the latter in the programme MA in English Literary Research: 'Literature, Drama and Society: Shakespeare to Behn'.
Professor Alison Findlay: Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, women's writing; Richard Brome
Dr Hilary Hinds: Women from the radical sects of the second half of the seventeenth century; sectarian spirituality, gender, and colonialism
Dr Liz Oakley-Brown: translation and identity; queenship; corporeality; Thomas Churchyard
Dr Liam Haydon: cultural and social contexts of Milton's Paradise Lost, including music history, the universal language movement, trade and nationalism
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Professor Emeritus Meg Twycross continues to research from within the Department, specialising in Medieval and Early Tudor theatre and festival,medieval iconography, encounters with the Other World, and the applications of Humanities Computing. She is co-director of the Early Quaker Project with Professor Findlay and Dr Hinds. The journal Medieval English Theatre is edited by Professor Twycross and Olga Horner. For further information click here.