Dante statue, Florence, Italy

English Renaissance studies

Staff expertise in the Renaissance covers a range of areas, including:

  • Renaissance literature
  • the history of ideas
  • the history of language
  • cultural history

We also have interests in digital approaches to the analysis of texts.

Our specific research expertise lies in:

  • human-animal relations
  • historical linguistics
  • the history of reading
  • gender relations

Our staff have published widely in these fields.

Recent PhD theses we've supervised have focused on John Donne, on the concept of the will in the Renaissance, on the law and slander in the Elizabethan period, on Petrarchanism, on the digital linguistic analysis of gender in Shakespeare’s plays, and on optics and mirrors in the period.

Our research team

Our team comprises of:

Group for Renaissance Research Reading

This group is made up of staff and postgraduate students and meets frequently to discuss current and relevant issues in the field. Meetings involve seminar talks and group-discussions of recent work in members' areas of interest.

Recent meetings have discussed:

  • Greenblatt's The Swerve
  • the concept of death in the period
  • Stallybrass
  • early music making and writing
  • historical linguistic analysis of Shakespeare

As well as members of English literary studies staff and other colleagues and postgraduates at Strathclyde, members of the group come from Glasgow and Stirling universities.

We welcome new members and contributions from other researchers working in the field, so if you're interested in joining please contact the group’s convenor, Steven Veerapen.