Dr Emma Rhatigan

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My research interests lie in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, in particular the genre of the early modern sermon. Much of my work has been dedicated to developing readings of the sermon which locate it within the broader political, religious, and performance cultures of early modern London.

My introduction to early modern sermons came through an undergraduate dissertation on John Donne. I then completed a DPhil at Oxford University on his sermons at Lincoln´s Inn.


I am currently developing my DPhil thesis into a monograph on preaching and religious culture at Lincoln´s Inn from 1570 to 1641. In conjunction with this work I am editing a volume of Donne´s Inn of Court sermons for the recently commissioned and AHRC-funded Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (general editor Peter McCullough). This edition aims to provide a freshly edited and, for the first time, fully annotated text of Donne´s sermons.

I have also edited, together with Peter McCullough and Hugh Adlington, the Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermons. This collection of twenty-five essays offers a full survey of preaching in the British Isles from 1500-1740, together with a comprehensive guide to the key rhetorical, theological, and historical precepts essential to the study of early modern sermons.


I teach on both level one and two modules, including LIT 234 `Renaissance Literature´, LIT2000 ‘Genre’, and LIT 255 ‘John Donne’. I also contribute to the MA modules `Writing the Renaissance´, ‘Study of Texts’, and ‘The Country House and the English Literary Imagination’.


I welcome PhD students interested in sixteenth- and seventeenth century literature.

  • Hugh Adlington, Peter McCullough, and Emma Rhatigan, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon (Oxford University Press; 2011)
  • ‘Preaching Venues: Architecture and Auditories’, in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Sermon, ed. by Hugh Adlington, Peter McCullough, and Emma Rhatigan (Oxford University Press; 2011)
  • ‘Reading the White Devil in Thomas Adams and John Webster’, in Early Modern Drama and the Politics of Biblical Reading, ed. Adrian Streete (Palgrave Macmillan; 2012)
  • ‘Audience, Actors and “Taking Part” in the Revels’ in Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama, 1558-1642, ed. Jennifer Low and Nova Myhill (Palgrave Macmillan; 2011)
  • ‘Donne’s Readership at Lincoln’s Inn’, in The Oxford Handbook for John Donne Studies, ed. by Jeanne Shami, M. Thomas Hester, and Dennis Flynn (Oxford University Press; 2011)
  • ‘“The sinful history of mine own youth”: John Donne Preaches at Lincoln’s Inn’, in The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court, ed. by Jayne Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight (Manchester University Press; 2011)
  • ‘Preaching to Princes: John Burgess and George Hakewill in the Royal Pulpit’, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 62.1 (2011), 273-96
  • ‘Knees and Elephants: John Donne Preaches on Ceremonial Conformity at Lincoln’s Inn’, John Donne Journal, 23 (2004), 135-61