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Dr Liz Oakley-Brown

Senior Lecturer

Liz Oakley-Brown

Lancaster University

County College



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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 Tudor and Stuart translation: embodiment; emotions; Ovidian mythology; premodern gothic; surface studies. My current book-length projects are Shakespeare on the Surface (Routledge under contract) and Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities: Thomas Churchyard's Passionate Histories (Leverhulme funded).

PhD supervision

I am currently supervising early modern PhD theses on queer theory, desire and disability. Previously, I have supervised early modern postgraduate research on:  Thomas Wyatt and mazes; early-modern disability studies; the reformation of sleep in Tudor England; sixteenth-century occult poetics; biopolitics, gender and outlawry. I would especially welcome research students working on the following aspects of early-modern writing and culture: embodiment; emotions; historical phenomenology; mythology; poetry and prose; spatiality; superficiality; translation, adaptation, and reception. I am happy to co-supervise Creative Writing theses. Please contact me if your are particularly interested in pursuing postgraduate research in any of these areas.

My Role

I am the department's MA Convenor for English Literary Studies (ELS)

Research Interests

I joined the Department in 2006. I completed my BA, MA and PhD at Cardiff University. I gained my PGCtHE from Aberystwyth University (2003). I have previously taught at Aberystwyth University (2001-4) and Canterbury Christ Church University (2004-6).

I am working on two book-length studies which illustrate my main research areas in the cultural politics of translation, embodiment and surface studies: Shakespeare on the Surface (Routledge under contract) and Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities: Thomas Churchyard's Passionate Histories (Leverhulme funded)

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 . In May 2015, I co-organised a 2-day conference on premodern surfaces and co-edited the subsequent journal special issue Scrutinizing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought (2017).



Contact me

Email: e.oakley-brown@lancaster.ac.uk

Phone: 01524 592228 (direct line)

Room: County Main (B209)

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

Current Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

I lecture on ENGL100, ENGL101 and CREW103. I teach the ENGL100 Summer Term Project 'Literary "Things" (1500-1700)'.

At Part II, I am the course convenor for ENGL202: Renaissance to Restoration: English Literature 1580-1688  (terms 1, 2, 3) and ENGL306: Shakespeare (term 1 only) From 2008-10, I taught my half-unit option, ENGL374: Reforming the Body in Elizabethan England.  From 2011-15, I taught my half-unit option, Early Modern Outlaws on Land and Sea: Robin Hood and Pirates. From 2016, I will be teaching my half-unit, Premodern Gothic.

I also supervise ENGL301: Dissertation

Postgraduate Teaching

I convene the Special Subject Module (ENGL402); co-convene and teach the compulsory Research Methodology and Reflective Practice Module (ENGL419); I teach the MA Module Premodern Bodies (ENGL438)

Postgraduate Supervision 

I currently supervise PhD theses on: The Semiotics of Female Outlawry in Premodern Culture; Disability and Desire: Queer Representations in Early Modern Text and Culture; Hospitable Boundaries: Literary and Visual Homelands

Please get in touch with me if you would like to discuss a PhD proposal cognate with my areas of research


External Roles

I was co-editor of Literature Compass: Renaissance (March 2015-May 2016)

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.

Additional Information

I co-convene the Northern Premodern Seminar (formerly the Northern Premodern Seminar): http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/northern-premodern-seminar/ Please contact me if you would like to organise a seminar or join the seminar's mailing list.

I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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