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
About this Fellow
The literature of the English Renaissance, with special interests in legal or forensic rhetoric, women's writing and Anglo-Scots relations
- Merton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford
- Berry Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews, 2012 - 2016
- Merton Professor of English Literature, Merton College University of Oxford, 2016 - 1970
History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies
Renaissance philosophy, particularly the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino & Pica della Mirandola; Renaissance poetry, magic, mythology, iconography & hermeneutics; Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare.
Literature & culture of the 'long Romantic period', with a focus on empire, nation & travel writing. My recent focus is Scottish literature & thought 1750-1850, with a special emphasis on Robert Burns & his poetic & intellectual circle.