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Dr Liz Oakley-Brown

Senior Lecturer

County College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592228

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 My current book-length projects are Reading Thomas Churchyard: Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities and Shakespearean Surfaces: Reading, Writing and Performing Superficiality in Sixteenth-Century England.

PhD Supervision Interests

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

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 Reading Thomas Churchyard: 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:  

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: 

Currently, I am also writing: a commissioned journal article on 'Recent Developments in New Materialism and Renaissance Studies'; an invited book chapter on Anthony Munday's Robin Hood plays and historical phenomenology; an invited book chapter on 'Embodying Greece in Elizabethan England: Venus and Adonis and Love's Labour's Lost'.





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


I am a member of the Renaissance Editorial Board for Literature Compass (September 2009-,


I co-ordinate the Northern Renaissance Seminar: The Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar (May 8-9 2015) is on the topic of 'Scrutinizing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought':

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.

Postgraduate Teaching

I co-convene the MA course on Bodies and Spirits in Early Modern England (ENGL438) and teache 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) I teach sessions on 'Comus and Chorograpahy',  'Pericles and Piracy', and 'Soldiers and Space'.

You can follow me on Twitter at @earlymodatLancs:

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