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Dr Liz Oakley-Brown

Dr Liz Oakley-Brown

Senior Lecturer

County College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YD


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 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 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

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

In Press

Shakespeare and the Classics

Oakley-Brown, L. 2014 Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. Cambridge University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2014

Preternature: the early modern witch

Findlay, A. (ed.) & Oakley-Brown, L. (ed.) 2014 In: Preternature. 3, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

2013

Twelfth Night: a critical reader

Findlay, A. (ed.) & Oakley-Brown, L. (ed.) 21/11/2013 London: Bloomsbury. 304 p. (Arden Early Modern Drama Guides).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

''Have you the tongues?'': Translation, Multilingualism and ''Intercultural Contact'' in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Love's Labour's Lost

Oakley-Brown, L. 04/2013 In: English Text Construction. 6, 1, p. 112-133 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Introduction

Findlay, A. & Oakley-Brown, L. 21/11/2013 Twelfth Night: a critical guide. Findlay, A. & Oakley-Brown, L. (eds.). London: Continuum, (Continuum Renaissance Drama).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2012

Writing on Borderlines: Thomas Churchyard's The Worthines of Wales

Oakley-Brown, L. 11/2012 Writing Wales, from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Mottram, S. & Prescott, S. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 39-57 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Arthur Golding

Oakley-Brown, L. 01/2012 The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. Sullivan, G., Stewart, A., Lemon, R., McDowell, N. & Richards, J. (eds.). London: Wiley Blackwell

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Thomas Churchyard

Oakley-Brown, L. 01/2012 The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. Sullivan, G., Stewart, A., Lemon, R., McDowell, N. & Richards, J. (eds.). London: Wiley Blackwell

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

Mapping texts, spaces, bodies

Oakley-Brown, L. 2011 Women beware women: a critical guide. Hiscock, A. (ed.). London: Continuum, p. 177-188 12 p. (Renaissance Drama Series).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Shakespeare and the translation of identity in early modern England

Oakley-Brown, L. (ed.) 2011 London: Continuum.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

Elizabethan exile after Ovid: Thomas Churchyard's Tristia (1572)

Oakley-Brown, L. 2011 Two thousand years of solitude: exile after Ovid. Ingleheart, J. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 103-118 16 p. (Classical Presences).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2010

Urban spaces: Gender, genre, meditation

Cronin, A. & Oakley-Brown, L. 10/2010 In: Feminist Review. 96, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Translation.

Oakley-Brown, L. 2010 A New Companion to English Renaissance English Literature and Culture. Hattaway, M. (ed.). 68 ed. Oxford: Blackwell, Vol. 1, p. 120-133 14 p. (Blackwell companions to literature and culture).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

'My Lord, be ruled by me': Shakespeare's Tamora and the failure of queenship.

Oakley-Brown, L. 2009 The Rituals and Rhetoric of Queenship: Medieval to Early Modern. Oakley-Brown, L. & Wilkinson, L. J. (eds.). Dublin: Four Courts Press, p. 222-237 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The rituals and rhetoric of queenship: medieval to early modern

Oakley-Brown, L. (ed.) & Wilkinson, L. J. (ed.) 2009 Dublin: Four Courts Press. 287 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

'Taxonomies of Travel and Martial Identity in Thomas Churchyard's A generall rehearsall of warres and 'A Pirates Tragedie (1579)'

Oakley-Brown, L. 2008 In: Studies in Travel Writing. 12, 1, p. 67-84 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Ovid and the Cultural Politics of Translation in Early Modern England.

Oakley-Brown, L. 2006 Ashgate. 222 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2005

Framing Robin Hood: Textuality and Temporality in Anthony Mundy's Huntington Plays.

Oakley-Brown, L. 2005 Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-Medieval. Four Courts Press, 113 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Titus Andronicus and the Cultural Politics of Translation in Early Modern England.

Oakley-Brown, L. 06/2005 In: Renaissance Studies. 19, 3, p. 325-47 279 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Talking After Theory: An Interview with Terry Eagleton

Jarvis, M. & Oakley-Brown, L. 2004 In: English. 53, 207, p. 177-190 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

The Cultural Politics of Classical Translation

Oakley-Brown, L. 2003 In: English. 52, 202, p. 81-85 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Sexual Politics of Translation in Early Modern England

Oakley-Brown, L. 01/2003 In: Literature Compass. 1, 1, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Translating the Subject: Ovid's Metamorphoses in England 1560-67

Oakley-Brown, L. 2001 Translation and Nation: Towards A Cultural Politics of Englishness. Ellis, R. & Oakley-Brown, E. (eds.). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, p. 48-84 37 p. (Topics in Translation).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Translation and Nation: Towards a Cultural Politics of Englishness.

Oakley-Brown, L. & Ellis, R. 2001 Multilingual Matters. 225 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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