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James LoxleyJames Loxley

Professor of Early Modern Literature

+44 (0) 131 650 3610

2.16, 50 George Square

Outline 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. His book Shakespeare, Jonson and the Claims of the Performative was published by Routledge in 2013.

Together with Helen Vincent of the National Library of Scotland, Professor Loxley curated an exhibition, 'Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare in Scottish Collections', held at NLS in 2011-12, which set out to showcase and explore the exceptional Shakespeare holdings held in two Edinburgh libraries. With Dr Fionnuala O'Neill and the City of Literature Trust, he created a series of walking trails round Edinburgh in 2013, entitled 'A Secret Golden Age', focusing on early Scottish literature.

Research Interests

Professor Loxley welcomes research proposals in any area of Renaissance and early modern literature, though he has a particular interest in poetry and drama. He would also be happy to supervise research on performativity, on modern and contemporary poetry and performance, and on the work of Stanley Cavell.

Research activity

His current 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 anthology of Renaissance literature, co-edited with Professor Greg Walker.
  • An AHRC-funded project, Palimpsest, combining literary and computational scholarship to map the 'literary cityscape' of Edinburgh
  • A series of research workshops, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and organise with Dr Lisa Otty, exploring 'Scotland's Collections and the Digital Humanities'.


Publications list for James Loxley

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