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Dr Liz Oakley-Brown

Senior Lecturer

Liz Oakley-Brown

County College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YD

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592228


Research overview

I teach and research fifteenth- and sixteenth-century writing in English. While my research interests are varied, I mainly work on the cultural politics of early modern translation, embodiment, historical phenomenology and surface studies (see surfacestudies.org). My current book-length projects are Thomas Churchyard's Passionate History: Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities and Shakespearean Surfaces: Reading, Writing and Performing Superficiality in Sixteenth-Century England.

PhD supervision

I am currently supervising a PhD thesis on sixteenth-century occult networks and a MRes dissertation on women and outlawry in Stuart England. Previously, I have supervised postgraduate research on Thomas Wyatt and mazes, early modern disability and premodern sleep. I would especially welcome research students working on the following aspects of sixteenth-century writing and culture: embodiment; historical phenomenology; poetry and prose; spaciality; superficiality; translation, adaptation, and reception.

Research Interests

I joined the Department in 2006. I completed my BA, MA and PhD at Cardiff University, and I have previously taught at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2001-4) and Canterbury Christ Church University (2004-6).

I am working on two book-length studies which illustrate my main research areas: the cultural politics of translation and surface studies. My long-standing engagment with early modern translation studies is extended in the Leverhulme-funded Thomas Churchyard's Passionate History: Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities. A second major project - Shakespearean Surfaces: Reading, Writing and Performing Superficiality in Sixteenth-Century England - is aligned with the innovative work of Lancaster's Shakespeare Programme on Early Modern Surfaces: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/early-modern-surfaces/  

The Surface Studies Network With Dr Rebecca Coleman (Sociology, Goldsmiths University) I organised the inaugural Surface Studies Network Seminar (Theorising Surfaces) and Exhibition (Surfaces in the Making) at Lancaster University and the Storey Institute, 23-24 May 2013. In August 2013, we launched the Surface Studies Network website and blog: surfacestudies.org  

I am co-editor of Literature Compass: Renaissance (March 2015-) http://literature-compass.com/renaissance/

I was a member of the Renaissance Editorial Board for Literature Compass (September 2009-15)

I served as an elected member of the Society for Renaissance Studies Council (May 2008-2014)http://www.rensoc.org.uk/), and I was the acting Membership Secretary 2011-12 . From 2012-14, I chaired the judging panel for the Renaissance Studies article prize.

I co-ordinate the Northern Renaissance Seminar: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/northern-renaissance-seminar/ The Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar (May 8-9 2015) is on the topic of 'Scrutinizing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought': http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/northern-renaissance-seminar/events-2015/

Please contact me if you would like to organise a seminar or join the seminar's mailing list.


Current Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

I lecture on ENGL100, ENGL101 and CREW103. At Part II, I am seminar tutor and lecturer on ENGL201: Introduction to Theory (key topic: embodiment); ENGL202: Renaissance to Restoration: English Literature 1580-1688 and ENGL306: Shakespeare. Between 2008-10, I taught the half-unit option, ENGL374: Reforming the Body in Elizabethan England. Since 2011, I have offered the half-unit option, Early Modern Outlaws on Land and Sea: Robin Hood and Pirates. In 2016, I will be offering my new half-unit, Premodern Gothic.

Postgraduate Teaching

I convene the MA course on Bodies and Spirits in Early Modern Literature (ENGL438).

You can follow me on Twitter at @earlymodatLancs: https://twitter.com/earlymodatLancs

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