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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

Dr Susan Brigden

The English Renaissance and Reformation; literary coteries; Reformation diplomacy

Professor Trevor Dadson

The literature and the socio-economic, cultural and political history of 16th and 17th-century Spain; contemporary Spanish poetry; literary criticism, textual bibliography; the Moriscos

Professor Pat Rogers

18th-century Britain, including literary, political, social and cultural history, with special concentrations in the history of the book and aspects of music, gardening and medicine

Professor Gordon Campbell

Renaissance & seventeenth century English literature, especially John Milton; ancient & modern European literatures; cultural history, especially art, architecture, garden history, legal history & Biblical studies; the contemporary Islamic world