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Prof James Loxley

Professor of Early Modern Literature

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Early modern / Renaissance English Literature

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseEarly Modern Literature in English; Renaissance Literature in English

Biography

After completing a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor James Loxley held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Leeds for three years before taking up an appointment at Edinburgh. He has published on renaissance poetry and drama, with a particular focus on Ben Jonson and Andrew Marvell, and on the literature of the civil war period. He has also published on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and on issues in contemporary literary theory, especially the topic of performativity, and the work of Stanley Cavell. In recent years he has led a number of research projects funded by the AHRC and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Research Interests

Professor Loxley welcomes research proposals in any area of Renaissance and early modern literature, in particular on poetry and drama. He would also be happy to supervise research on performativity, on related topics in contemporary theory, and on the work of Stanley Cavell.

Research activity

His current and recent projects include:

  • An AHRC-funded project to produce an annotated edition of a newly discovered account of Ben Jonson's celebrated walk from London to Scotland in 1618, co-edited with Professor Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham) and Dr Anna Groundwater
  • An AHRC-funded project combining datamining, visualisation and geolocation to create LitLong.org, an innovative online resource mapping Edinburgh's literary cityscape.
  • An AHRC-funded project researching the world-class collections of Shakespeare and early modern drama in Edinburgh libraries, culminating in an exhibition, 'Beyond Macbeth', held at the National Library of Scotland in 2011-12 (a collaboration with Helen Vincent of NLS; see here for further details).
  • A book on Shakespeare, Jonson and the theory of performativity, co-written with Dr Mark Robson.
  • An anthology of Renaissance literature, co-edited with Professor Greg Walker.
  • An edition of Thomas Dekker's The Shoemakers' Holiday for Arden Early Modern Drama.
  • Five short films showcasing aspects of Ben Jonson's walk from London to Edinburgh in 1618.
  • A Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project exploring the relationships between place and narrative through early modern sources - 'Tales for Travellers and Travellers' Tales' - undertaken in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland and the Fife Psychogeographical Collective.

Websites

https://jamesloxley.wordpress.com

Research outputs

  1. Andrew Marvell and Cavalier Poetics

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Nations in question: Writing Scotland and Ireland

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. Popular Jonson

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Using Mapping Technology to Display and Analyze Data

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesProfessional Development and Training

  2. Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

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