Professor Cathy Shrank
Professor of Tudor & Renaissance Literature
Room 2.19, Jessop West
Internal extension: 28485
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
My research focuses on sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century literature. 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 which I found a particular enthusiasm for Tudor writing, which I developed during my PhD on sixteenth-century humanism and national identity.
From September 2015, I will be on a three-year Major Research Fellowship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, studying the different ways in which writers from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries used dialogue (works written in the form of a conversation).
My publications are mainly on sixteenth and early seventeenth-century literature, and 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, in 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), and have edited Philip Massinger´s City Madam, which transports the Angelo plot of Measure for Measure to a London merchant’s family (Globe Quartos, 2005; republished 2010 to accompany the production of the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company).
I am the convenor of the Tudor Symposium, an international network for scholars studying the literature, history and culture of the ‘long sixteenth century’ If you would like to become part of the Tudor Symposium, please contact me, using the email address above.
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:
From 2009-13, I was co-investigator, with Prof Steven W. May, on the AHRC-funded project, `Early modern manuscript poetry: recovering our scribal heritage´. For further details, see the project webpages.
Current research includes a monograph on dialogue from the late medieval period to the Restoration; I am also in the process of producing an edition of Shakespeare´s poems, co-edited with Raphael Lyne, for the Annotated English Poets series, and am one of the General Editors of the Oxford Works of Thomas Nashe. 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’).
Current and recent PhDs include projects on Post-War Polish productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, bastardy in Shakespeare, 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).
I welcome applications from potential research students in any area of sixteenth- and early- seventeenth-century literature.
Collections of Essays
Articles, Essays, Chapters, etc.
Forthcoming work includes articles and essays on early Tudor prose fiction, the Latin translations of the Henrician poet Thomas Wyatt, sixteenth-century courtesy manuals, editing, laughter, memory, and early modern answer poems.
Reviews of Writing the Nation have appeared in Journal of British Studies, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Reformation, Renaissance Quarterly, The Sidney Journal, Sixteenth-Century Studies, Spenser Studies, and ChoiceReviews.online.