James Loxley

Professor of Early Modern Literature


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 written a number of books and articles 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. In recent years he has led a number of research projects funded by the AHRC and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Trustee and Board Member of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, and an affiliate of the Edinburgh Futures Institute

Research summary

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, queer theory and literature, literary mapping, digital literary studies, and the literary and cultural implications of ordinary language philosophy

Research activities

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Project activity

His current and recent projects include:

  • An edition of Thomas Dekker's 'The Shoemakers' Holiday' for Arden Early Modern Drama
  • Co-Investigator on a project using the Bakhtinian chronotope as a way of mapping literary texts (led by Prof Sally Bushell of Lancaster University)
  • Principal Investigator on a project developing a web and app interface for interactions with geospatial literary data 
  • Principal Investigator on a 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
  • Principal Investigator on a project combining datamining, visualisation and geolocation to create an innovative online resource mapping Edinburgh's literary cityscape.

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