Dr Marcus Nevitt

Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature
MA (Oxford); PhD (Sheffield)

Contact Marcus Nevitt

Room 1.19, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 28487
Tel: +44 (0)114-222-8487
Fax: +44 (0)114-222-8481

email : m.nevitt@sheffield.ac.uk

Overview

I was appointed as a lecturer in Renaissance Literature here at Sheffield in 2002. This was a welcome return home having spent four years at Sheffield some time previously as both PhD student and Teaching Fellow.

In the intervening three years I taught in the English Literature departments of the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Leeds.

My first book, Women and the Pamphlet Culture of Revolutionary England was a study of the relationships between cheap print and female agency in the English Civil wars. Since then, I´ve begun researching the civil-war career of the poet-dramatist and Shakespeare adapter, Sir William Davenant for a study entitled William Davenant and the Making of Restoration Culture. My next book, Poetry and the Art of English Newswriting will be a study of birth of the poet-journalist in the mid seventeenth century. I welcome applications from potential research students in all areas of my research and teaching.

My next book, Poetry and the Art of English Newswriting will be a study of birth of the poet-journalist in the mid seventeenth century. I welcome applications from potential research students in all areas of my research and teaching.

Research

I specialise in seventeenth-century literature. I have written principally on cheap print and my monograph, Women and the Pamphlet Culture of Revolutionary England was published by Ashgate in 2006. I have written articles on Ben Jonson and news writing in the seventeenth century, as well as numerous pieces on interregnum royalism and its connection to Restoration culture.

I am currently working on two book-length projects: Poetry and the Art of English Newswriting, 1640—1660 and William Davenant and the Making of Restoration Culture.

Teaching

I teach on the following modules:

  • LIT107 - Introduction to Advanced Literary Studies 1
  • LIT2000 - Genre
  • LIT234 - Renaissance Poetry and Prose
  • LIT207 - Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature.
  • LIT3028/ LIT6008 - Writing the English Civil War (undergraduate and MA modules)
Supervision

I welcome applications from potential research students in all of my research areas.

Research Grants

AHRC Speculative Research Grant £200,000 for ‘Participating in Search Design: A Study of George Thomason’s Newsbooks’: http://psdnewsbooks.wordpress.com/

HEIF 4 Grant, £10,000 (for pilot project with Derbyshire Record Office: ‘Accessing the Regional Archive: The Wheatcroft MSS’)

Publications

Monographs

  • Women and the Pamphlet Culture of Revolutionary England, 1640-1660 (Ashgate, 2006)

Articles

  • ‘“Blessed, Self-Denying, Lambe-Like”? The Fifth Monarchist Women’, Critical Survey 11.:1 (1999), 83-97.
  • ‘Women in the Business of Revolutionary News: Elizabeth Alkin, “Parliament Joan”, and the Commonwealth Newsbook’, in Joad Raymond (ed.) News, Newspapers and Early Modern Britain (London: Frank Cass, 1999), 84-108 also published in a special issue of Prose Studies (1998[9]).
  • ‘Elizabeth Poole Writes the Regicide’, Women’s Writing 9 (2) 2002, 233-248.
  • (With Graham Holderness) ‘Major and the Minors: A Cultural Materialist Reading of Julius Caesar’, Shakespeare Criticism (New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. 189-208.
  • ‘John Selden Among the Quakers: Antifeminism and Seventeenth-Century Tithes Controversy’, in L. Hutson and E. Sheen (eds.) Literature, Politics and Law in Renaissance England (London: Palgrave, 2004); forthcoming.
  • ‘Ben Jonson and the Serial Publication of News’ in Joad Raymond (ed.) News Networks in Seventeenth-Century Britain and Europe (London and New York: Routledge, 2005), pp. 53-68. also published in a special double issue of Media History 11.1/2 (April 2005).
  • ‘The Insults of Defeat: Royalist Responses to William Davenant’s Gondibert (1651)’, The Seventeenth Century 24: 2 (2009): 287-304.
  • ‘Shakespeare for Royalists: John Quarles and The Rape of Lucrece (1655)’ in Jason McElligott and David L. Smith (eds.), Royalists and Royalism During the Interregnum (Manchester: MUP, 2010).
  • ‘Milton’s Sonnet XIV and the Poetry of George Thomason’ in Giles Mandelbrote and Jason Peacey (eds.), Collecting Revolution (British Library, forthcoming)
  • ‘Sing Heavenly News: Journalism and Poetic Authority in Samuel Sheppard’s The Faerie King (1651)’, Studies in Philology, 109.4 (2012), 496-518.
  • ‘Thomas Killigrew’s Thomaso as Two-Part Comedy’ in Philip Major (ed.), Thomas Killigrew and the Seventeenth-Century English Stage (Ashgate, forthcoming 2013).
  • ‘Milton’s Sonnet XIV and the Poetry of George Thomason’ in Giles Mandelbrote and Jason Peacey (eds.), Collecting Revolution (British Library, forthcoming)
  • ‘Poetry and the Origins of Printed News’ in Martin Conboy et al. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to British Media History (Routledge, 2014).‘

Reviews and Shorter Pieces

  • Review of Mann and Mann (eds.) Women Playwrights in England, Scotland and Ireland, 1660 - 1823, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats 32:2 (Spring, 2000), pp. 354-356.
  • Jonathan F.S. Post, English Lyric Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (London and New York, 2002), Early Modern Literary Studies 9.2 (2003), 1-6.
  • George L. Justice and Nathan Tinker (eds.), Women’s Writing and the Circulation of Ideas (Cambridge, 2002), British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 27:1 (2004), 143.
  • A Pettit (ed.) The Works of Eliza Haywood (London, 2000), British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 27:1 (2004), 135-137
  • Joad Raymond, Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge, 2003), Prose Studies 25:2 (2004), 124-126.
  • ‘A Popular Revolution’, The Daily Telegraph , 28/1/2006, p. 10
  • ‘On Her Elizabethan Majesty’s Secret Service’, The Daily Telegraph , 23/4/2006, p. 6.
  • ‘Shakespeare: Radical or Republican?’ Cambridge Quarterly, 35:2 (2006), 185-8.
  • ‘An Early Allusion to As You Like It?’, Notes and Queries 53:4 (2006), pp. 484-6.
  • A Good Kick in the Head for History’, The Daily Telegraph, 18/6/2006, p. 4
  • ‘How England Was Saved From Popery’, The Daily Telegraph, 24/5/2007, p. 24
  • ‘Katherine Philips’ in Blackwell Encyclopaedia of English Renaissance Literature (Oxford, 2012)
  • ‘William Davenant’ in Blackwell Encyclopaedia of English Renaissance Literature (Oxford, 2012)