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James LoxleyJames Loxley

Professor of Early Modern Literature

+44 (0) 131 650 3610

6.10, David Hume Tower

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.

Professor Loxley recently led an AHRC-funded project researching the world-class collections of Shakespeare and early modern drama in Edinburgh libraries, culminating in an exhibition, 'Beyond Macbeth', held at the National Library of Scotland in 2011-12 (a collaboration with Helen Vincent of NLS; see here for further details).

Research Interests

Professor Loxley welcomes research proposals in any area of Renaissance and early modern literature, in particular on poetry and drama. He would also be happy to supervise research on performativity, on related topics in contemporary theory, 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.
  • A book on Shakespeare, Jonson and the theory of performativity, co-written with Dr Mark Robson;


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