Professor Cathy Shrank

School of English

Deputy Head of School

English Cathy Shrank
c.shrank@sheffield.ac.uk
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Professor Cathy Shrank
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
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My research focuses on early modern (or Renaissance) literature and culture. My interest in this area dates back to my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. I stayed on at Cambridge to do an MPhil in Renaissance Literature.

During that time, I discovered a particular enthusiasm for Tudor writing, which I then developed during my PhD on sixteenth-century humanism and national identity. My work ranges from the late fifteenth to the late seventeenth century, and moves between poetry, prose, and drama, and between texts in manuscript and print.

I moved to Sheffield in 2005, after stints at King’s College London and the University of Aberdeen.

Research interests

My publications are mainly on sixteenth and early seventeenth-century literature. In 2004 I published Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530-1580 (Oxford University Press). This book offers a re-evaluation of a neglected, but important, period of English writing, during which English national identity was hotly contested. The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603, co-edited with Mike Pincombe, was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press (paperback 2011).

This is the first major collection of essays to look at the literature of the entire Tudor period, from the accession of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I, and its 45 chapters pay especial attention to the decades before 1580; it was awarded the Sixteenth Century Society's Ronald H. Bainton Prize in 2010.

I have also published on Shakespeare, including editing Coriolanus for the third edition of the Norton Shakespeare (2015). Other editorial projects include Shakespeare's Poems, co-edited with Raphael Lyne (Routledge, 2018), and Philip Massinger's City Madam (Globe Quartos, 2005; republished 2010 to accompany the production of the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company).

From 2005-2008, I was primary investigator for the `The origins of early modern literature: recovering mid-Tudor writing for a modern audience´, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Besides the Tudor Handbook, this project produced an on-line annotated catalogue of literary texts, printed in English 1519-1579. See: The Origins of Early Modern Literature

Current research includes finishing a monograph on dialogue from the late medieval period to the Exclusion Crisis (generously funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2015-18). I am also one of the General Editors of the AHRC-funded Oxford Works of Thomas Nashe and am editing William Tyndale’s Parable of the Wicked Mammon for the NEH-funded Independent Works of William Tyndale.

In short, I have a wide range of research interests across the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, stretching from the most canonical early modern writers (Shakespeare!) to obscure figures and neglected texts (one of my current favourites is Thomas Lodge’s 1591 adaptation of the legend of ‘Robert the Devil’).

Forthcoming work includes articles and essays on Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; citing Scripture in late medieval and early modern drama; the marital correspondence of Sir John Cheke; Roger Ascham’s Toxophilus; and early modern English translations of Erasmus’ colloquies.

Publications

Books

  • Shrank C (2006) Writing the nation in Reformation England, 1530-1580. Oxford University Press on Demand. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Shrank C (2019) ‘Masters of civility: Castiglione’s Courtier, Della Casa’s Galateo and Guazzo’s Civil Conversation in early modern England’ In Marrapodi M (Ed.), The Routledge Research Companion to Anglo-Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture (pp. 144-159). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C & Lyne R (2017) Shakespeare’s Sonnets, The Complete Poems of Shakespeare (pp. 269-623). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C & Lyne R (2017) ‘Let the Bird of Loudest Lay’, The Complete Poems of Shakespeare (pp. 251-267). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C & Lyne R (2017) Introduction, The Complete Poems of Shakespeare (pp. xiii-xv). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C & Lyne R (2017) A Lover’s Complaint, The Complete Poems of Shakespeare (pp. 625-661). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2017) Mocking or Mirthful? Laughter in early modern dialogue In Knights MJ & Morton A (Ed.), The Power of Laughter and Satire in Early Modern Britain: Political and Religious Culture, 1500-1820 Boydell & Brewer View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C (2017) Cross Sections (I): 1516-1520 In Keymer T (Ed.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 1 (pp. 46-54). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2017) On Error In Loffman C & Phillips H (Ed.), A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts (pp. 139-146). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C (2017) Promising Eternity in the 1609 Quarto Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Imprint previously known as Arden Shakespeare RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2016) Finding a Vernacular Voice: The Classical Translations of Sir Thomas Wyatt In Copeland R (Ed.), The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800-1558 (pp. 583-600). Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2016) Disséquer le corps politique: la Couronne et le Parlement dans les dialogues politiques anglais du début du XVIIe siècle In Bouhaik-Girones M (Ed.), Usages et stratégies polémiques en Europe, XIVe-premier XVIIe siècle (pp. 155-166). Peter Lang RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2015) Mise-en-page, “the Authors Genius”, “the capacity of the Reader”, and the ambition of ‘a Good Compositer’, In Archer C & Peters L (Ed.), Religion and the Book Trade (pp. 66-82). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2013) All talk and no action? Early modern political dialogue, The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Prose (pp. 27-42). Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C (2012) Beastly Metamorpohoses: Losing Control in Early Modern Literary Culture In Herring J (Ed.), Intoxication and Society (pp. 193-209). Palgrave MacMillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C (2011) Formation of Nationhood Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2011) 1553, Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Vol 1 (pp. 537-547). Oxford University Press View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2010) Society In Kinney AF (Ed.), Elizabethan and Jacobean England Wiley-Blackwell RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2010) Community In Cummings B & Simpson J (Ed.), Cultural Reformations (pp. 441-458). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C (2009) The Politics of Shakespeare's Sonnets In Armitage D, Condren C & Fitzmaurice A (Ed.), Shakespeare and Early Modern Political Thought (pp. 101-118). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C & Pincombe M (2009) The Travails of Tudor Literature In Pincombe M & Shrank C (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature:1485-1603 (pp. 1-19). OUP Oxford RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pincombe M & Shrank C (2009) Prologue: The Travails of Tudor Literature In Shrank C & Pincombe M (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature: 1485-1603 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL (2009) 'Sir Thomas Elyot and the Bonds of Community' In Shrank C (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature (pp. 154-169). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C (2008) Stammering, snoring and other problems in Early Modern dialogue In Blakeley J & Pincombe M (Ed.), Writing and Reform in Sixteenth-Century England (pp. 179-192). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () Answer Poetry and Other Verse “Conversations”, A Companion to Renaissance Poetry (pp. 376-388). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () Elyot, Thomas John Wiley & Sons, Ltd RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () Poetry and the Commonwealth, Edmund Spenser in Context (pp. 176-184). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () ‘Hoysted high vpon the rolling wheele’: Elianor Cobham's Lament, A Mirror for Magistratesin Context (pp. 109-125). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () Crafting the Nation, A Social History of England, 1500–1750 (pp. 19-38). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () His sister's family: the Harts, The Shakespeare Circle (pp. 49-56). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () Counsel, succession and the politics of Shakespeare's Sonnets, Shakespeare and Early Modern Political Thought (pp. 101-118). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL () The Bow and the Book: Roger Ascham’s Toxophilus In Nicholas L & Law C (Ed.), Roger Ascham and his Sixteenth-Century World Brill RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank CL () ‘Civil instruction: Ordering the godly commonweal in John Cheke’s marital correspondence’ In McDiarmaid JF (Ed.), The Cambridge Connection in Tudor England: Humanism, Reform, Rhetoric, Politics Brill RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shrank C () Manuscript, Authenticity and 'evident proofs' against the Scottish Queen (pp. 198-218). View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

  • Shrank C (2017) WILLIAM TYNDALE A very brief history. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5985), 12-12. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Scholarly editions

  • Shrank C & Lyne R (2017) The Complete Poems of Shakespeare. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

I welcome applications from potential research students in any area of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and culture.

Current and former PhDs include projects on Post-War Polish productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream; representations of Thomas Wolsey from Skelton to Shakespeare; Tudor women writers; a comparative study of the influence of Galen in England and Italy; and editions of a number of important early manuscripts (Burley; V&A Dyce MS 44; BL Harleian MS 7392(2); BL Additional MS 36529).

Teaching activities

My teaching at undergraduate and Masters level mainly focuses on the period 1600-1800.