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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: Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities and Shakespearean Surfaces: Reading, Writing and Performing Superficiality in Sixteenth-Century England.

PhD supervision

I am currently supervising PhD theses on early-modern disability, sixteenth-century occult networks and the cultural politics of sleep in Tudor England. 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

Liz joined The Department in 2006. She completed her BA, MA and PhD at Cardiff University, and has previously taught at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2001-4) and Canterbury Christ Church University (2004-6).

She is currently working on two book-length studies which illustrate her main research areas: the cultural politics of translation and surface studies.

Liz's long-standing engagement with early modern translation studies is extended in Thomas Churchyard: Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities. In April 2010, Liz was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2010-11) to work on this monograph.

Her 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. With Professor Alison Findlay, Liz convened a panel on Shakespearean Surfaces at the 2007 British Shakespeare Association conference. As part of this ongoing project, Alison and Liz directed a workshop on 'Ceremony, Performance and Practice in Shakespearean Drama' at the 2009 BSA conference at King's College, London (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/news/conferences/localglobal/workshops.html). Ideas explored in these earlier sessions were developed in the 2012 British Shakespeare Association Conference, Shakespeare Inside-out: Depth/Surface/Meaning, which was held at Lancaster (http://www.britishshakespeare.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42:5th-biennial-british-shakespeare-association-conference&catid=10:shakespeare-blog&Itemid=4).

The Surface Studies Network With Dr Rebecca Coleman (Sociology, Goldsmiths University) Liz 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 (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/faculty/event/4294/) In August 2013, Liz and Rebecca launched the Surface Studies Network website and blog: surfacestudies.org



Liz is an elected member of the Society for Renaissance Studies Council (May 2008-, http://www.rensoc.org.uk/), and she was the acting Membership Secretary 2011-12. In March 2011, she organised the Society's Annual Public Lecture at Lancaster's Storey Institute (http://www.rensoc.org.uk/SRS_Public_Lectures_current.htm). Since 2012, she has chaired the judging panel for the Renaissance Studies article prize.

She is a member of the Renaissance Editorial Board for Literature Compass (September 2009-, www.literature-compass.com).


Liz co-ordinates the Northern Renaissance Seminar: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/northern-renaissance-seminar/

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


Current Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Liz lectures on ENGL100 and CREW103. At Part II, she is seminar tutor and lecturer on ENGL201: Introduction to Theory (key topic: embodiment); ENGL202: Renaissance to Restoration: English Literature 1580-1688 and ENGL306: Shakespeare. In 2008, -09 and -10, she taught the half-unit option, ENGL374: Reforming the Body in Elizabethan England. Since 2011, she has offered the half-unit option, Early Modern Outlaws on Land and Sea: Robin Hood and Pirates.

Postgraduate Teaching

Liz convenes the MA course on Bodies and Spirits in Early Modern England (ENGL438) and teaches seminars on 'Early Modern Embodiment and Contemporary Theory', 'The Two Queens' Bodies and The Faerie Queene' and 'George Gascoigne's Bodies'. As part of the MA course Politics and Place in Early Modern Literature (ENGL439) she teaches sessions on 'Comus and Chorograpahy',  'Pericles and Piracy', and 'Soldiers and Space'.

Follow Liz on Twitter at @earlymodatLancs: https://twitter.com/earlymodatLancs

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