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Emily Buffey


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I invite queries from students with an interest in the “long” sixteenth century, particularly the reception of medieval literature, print culture, women’s writing, and Elizabeth I. I also have an interest in Shakespearean adaptation, biofiction and the modern historical novel, and would welcome applications from those interested in Shakespeare and adaptation more widely.

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Personal profile


I teach across the historical spectrum – from the ancient period to the modern – though my main interests lie in the sixteenth century. I am particularly interested in ancient and medieval literary reception in the post-Reformation period, early modern print culture, women’s writing (particularly Aemilia Lanyer and Hester Pulter), literary communities, scribal practices, and the sixteenth-century Inns of Court. My work has been published in Modern Philology, Comparative Drama and The Journal of Early Modern Studies. I am currently preparing a monograph about early modern dream vision poetry in relation to its medieval English analogues and sources, using contrasting theoretical lenses to explore and affirm the cultural importance, artfulness and utility of this much-misunderstood category of literary expression.