Dr Marcus Nevitt

School of English

Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature

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Dr Marcus Nevitt
School of English
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1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

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. I also research relationships between news and print culture and co-edited with Michael J. Braddick, Seventeenth-Century Journalism and the Digital Age (2017) Since then, I´ve also developed an interest in Restoration theatre and genre, co-authoring, with Tanya Pollard, Reader in Tragedy: An Anthology of Classical Criticism to Contemporary Theory (Bloomsbury 2019). I’m also one of the contributing editors to the forthcoming CUP edition of the Complete Works of Aphra Behn. My next book is a study of Restoration theatre and patronage. I also review regularly for The Spectator.

Research interests

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 a study of Restoration theatre patronage.



  • Nevitt M (2006) Women and the Pamphlet Culture of Revolutionary England, 1640-1660. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Braddick M (Ed.) (2017) Seventeenth-century journalism in the digital age.. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Nevitt MA (2014) Ballads and the Development of the English Newsbook In Conboy M & Steel J (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to British Media History Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nevitt MA (2013) Thomas Killigrew's 'Thomaso' as Two-Part Comedy In Major P (Ed.), Thomas Killigrew and the Seventeenth-Century English Stage Ashgate RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nevitt M (2013) Women in the business of revolutionary news: Elizabeth Alkin, "parliament Joan" and the commonwealth newsbook, News, Newspapers and Society in Early Modern Britain (pp. 84-108). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nevitt MA (2010) Shakespeare for Royalists: John Quarles and 'The Rape of Lucrece' (1655) In McElligott J & Smith DL (Ed.), Royalists and Royalism During the Interregnum Manchester University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • () Julius Caesar Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nevitt MA () Milton's Sonnet XIV and the Poetry of George Thomason In Mandelbrote G & Peacey J (Ed.), Collecting Revolution British Library RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers

  • Nevitt M (2004) John Selden among the Quakers: Antifeminism and the Seventeenth-Century Tithes Controversy. LITERATURE, POLITICS AND LAW IN RENAISSANCE ENGLAND (pp 189-208) RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

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


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’)

Teaching activities

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)