Dr Lynn Robson




Dr Lynn Robson

Supernumerary Fellow in English
Director of the Visiting Student Programme

I teach Early Modern literature (1550-1760) to undergraduates in English Language and Literature, Classics and English, and History and English, and some part-time students studying at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education.  I am co-convenor for MSt in Women’s Studies and teach and supervise postgraduates on this interdisciplinary Masters, running an option course on ‘Early “Feminisms”’. I’m also a tutor on the part-time, interdisciplinary MSt in Literature and Arts, run by the Department of Continuing Education.  At Regent’s Park, I am Tutor for Admissions for English and allied Joint Schools and joint Director of Studies for BA (Hons) in Classics and English, and I direct the Visiting Student Programme, organising and co-ordinating academic programmes for students from North America and Europe who come to study in Oxford for either one, two or three terms.  I am fully committed to showing people from all sorts of backgrounds and with all levels of experience that studying at Oxford may be within their reach and I’m involved in Access and Outreach activities at Regent’s and also in the wider University. I have an abiding interest in lifelong learning and am a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 

My research interests are in early modern print culture, particularly cheap print. My initial research into prose murder pamphlets of the period is developing to encompass prison literature: writing from and about the early modern prison with a concentration on the depiction of penitence.  I’m currently working on two projects based in Shakespeare’s plays: one is on the significance of kneeling and supplication, and the other is the development of a modern liturgy based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


2013: Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Humanities (Oxford University Student Union)

2015: University of Oxford Teaching Excellence Award

2016: Outstanding Pastoral Support (Oxford University Student Union)



Journal articles

  •  ‘We’ll build in sonnets pretty rooms’: early modern literary studies, the ‘spatial turn’ and ecocriticism’, Literature Compass (2010) 7(12): 1062-1076
  • ‘“Now Farewell to the Lawe, too long have I been in thy Subjection”’: Early Modern Murder, Calvinism and Female Spiritual Authority,’ Literature and Theology (2008) 22(3):295-312.
  • ‘“The Bloody Papist”: Murder, Papists and Propaganda in Early Modern Prose Murder Pamphlets’, Renaissance Journal 2 (2004), 3-16


Encyclopaedia entries

  • “Henry Goodcole”. The Literary Encyclopedia. (2011) [http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12163]
  • ‘Infanticide in Early Modern Europe and China’ and ‘Early Modern Contraception and Abortion’ in Victoria L. Mondelli & Cherrie A. Gottesleben (ed), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship and Sexuality, Vol.3 The Early Modern Period (Westport CN; Greenwood, 2008)


Edited collections

  • ‘Order versus Decadence: John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Andrew Marvell’s Selected Poems’ in Comparative Essays for OCR A2 English Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Section editor in Elizabeth Clarke & Elizabeth Goldring (ed), John Nichols The Progresses, and Public Processions of Elizabeth I: A New Edition of Early Modern Sources (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Women’s Writing, Special Issue: Still Kissing the Rod (2007), 14(2), co-edited with Elizabeth Clarke.