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Professor Ian Donaldson FBA

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About this Fellow


Current post

  • Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne

Past Appointments

  • Professor of English and from 1974 Director, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, 1969 - 1991
  • Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh, 1991 - 1995
  • Grace I Professor of English, University of Cambridge, 1995 - 2002
  • Tutorial Fellow in English, Wadham College University of Oxford, 1962 - 1969
  • Fellow of King's College, and formerly Grace I Professor of English, University of Cambridge; and from 1 February, Professor and Interim Director, Humanities Research Centre, The Australian National University, Canberra, University of Edinburgh, 1995 - 2003
  • Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Other Foreign Institutions, 2007


Cambridge Edition of Works of Ben Jonson 7 vols print + online 2012 print; 2014, 2015 online

The World Upside-Down: Comedy From Jonson to Fielding 1970

Ben Jonson A Life 2012

The rapes of Lucretia: a myth and its transformations 1982

Ben Jonson 1985

Jonson's Magic houses: essays in interpretation 1997

Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

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The medieval & Renaissance literature & history of Spain from 1200 to 1700, with special interests in literacy, libraries & the history of ideas; humanism; imperialism

Professor Joachim Whaley

The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present

Professor Simon Franklin

History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies

Professor Michael Allen

Renaissance philosophy, particularly the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino & Pica della Mirandola; Renaissance poetry, magic, mythology, iconography & hermeneutics; Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare.