Professor David Norbrook

Emeritus Fellow

I was Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College from 1978 to 1998, Professor of English at the University of Maryland from 1999 to 2002, and Merton Professor of English Literature between 2002 and 2014. I was founding Director of the Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies, which organized, amongst other things, a conference on Warden Henry Savile. From the beginning a central research interest has been the relations between early modern literature, history and politics, with further interests in women’s writing and in neo-Latin literature. I also work on Scottish poetry, especially Hugh MacDiarmid. I am currently completing an edition and a biography of the 17th-century woman writer Lucy Hutchinson.



The Works of Lucy Hutchinson, vol. 2: Theological Writings and Translations, ed. Elizabeth Clarke, David Norbrook and Jane Stevenson (OUP, 2018); vol. 1: The Translation of Lucretius, ed. Reid Barbour and David Norbrook, with Latin text by Maria Cristina Zerbino (OUP, 2012).

David Norbrook, Philip Hardie and Stephen Harrison (eds), Lucretius and the Early Modern (OUP, 2016).

Lucy Hutchinson’s ‘Order and Disorder’, ed. David Norbrook (Blackwell Publishers, 2001).

Writing the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627-1660 (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse (with Henry Woudhuysen) (Allen Lane, 1992).

Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984; revised edition, Oxford University Press, 2002).

Selected articles

‘Rehearsing the Plebeians: Coriolanus and the Reading of Roman History’, in Chris Fitter (ed.), Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners: Digesting the New Social History (Oxford University Press, August 2017), 180-216.

‘Lucy Hutchinson: Theology, Gender and Translation’, The Seventeenth Century, 30:2 (2015), 139-62.

'Lucy Hutchinson and Il Pastor Fido', Bodleian Library Record, 25:2 (October 2012), 269-73.

'Memoirs and Oblivion: Lucy Hutchinson and the Restoration', Huntington Library Quarterly, 75: 2 (2012), 233-82.

'Afterword', in The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women, 1558-1680, ed. Johanna Harris and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (Houndmills, 2011), pp 202-13.

'Milton, Lucy Hutchinson, and the Lucretian Sublime', Tate Papers, Issue 13 (Spring 2010): online at

‘Bards and Republicans: Marvell's “Horatian Ode” and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms', in Anne Lake Prescott and James Dutcher (eds), Renaissance Historicisms: Essays in Honor of Arthur F. Kinney (University of Delaware Press, 2008), pp 291-312.

‘Marvell's “Scaevola Scoto-Brittannus” and the Ethics of Political Violence', in Marshall Grossman (ed.), Reading Renaissance Ethics (Routledge, 2007), pp 173-89.

‘Women, the Republic of Letters, and the Public Sphere in the Mid-Seventeenth Century', Criticism, 46 (2004), 223-40.

“Words more than Civil”: Republican Civility in Lucy Hutchinson's “The Life of John Hutchinson”', in Jennifer Richards (ed.), Early Modern Civil Discourses (Ashgate, 2003; ISBN 1-4039-1736-1), pp 68-84.

‘Republican Occasions in Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes ', Milton Studies, 42 (2002), 122-48.

‘The English Revolution and Historiography', in N. H. Keeble (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Writing of the English Revolution ( Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp 233-50.

‘Lucy Hutchinson's “Elegies” and the Situation of the Republican Woman Writer', English Literary Renaissance, 27 (1997), 468-521; reprinted in Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700: Volume 5, ed. Mihoko Suzuki (Ashgate, 2009).

‘“A Liberal Tongue”: Language and Rebellion in Richard II', in John M. Mucciolo (ed.), Shakespeare's Universe (Scolar Press, 1996), 37-51; reprinted in Kirby Farrell (ed.), Critical Essays on Shakespeare's ‘Richard II’ (New York: G. K. Hunter & Co., 1999), pp 121-34.

‘The Emperor's New Body?: Richard II, Ernst Kantorowicz, and the Politics of Shakespeare Criticism', Textual Practice, 10:2 (1996), 329-57.

‘“What Cares These Roarers for the Name of King?”: Language and Utopia in The Tempest', in Gordon McMullan and Jonathan Hope (eds), Renaissance Tragicomedy: Shakespeare and After (Routledge, 1992), pp 20-54; reprinted in R. S. White (ed.), The Tempest, New Casebooks (Macmillan, 1999), pp 167-90; Kiernan Ryan (ed.), Shakespeare's Last Plays (Longman, 1999), pp 245-78; in Richard Branson Brown and David Johnson (eds), A Shakespeare Reader: Sources and Criticism (Macmillan/St Martin's Press, 2000), pp 270-80; and in William Shakespeare: The Tempest, ed. Sarbani Chaudhury (Pearson Longman, 2009), pp 159-97.

‘The Monarchy of Wit and the Republic of Letters: Donne's Politics', in Katharine Maus and Elizabeth Harvey (eds), Soliciting Interpretation: Literary Theory and Seventeenth-Century English Poetry (University of Chicago Press, 1990), pp 3-36.

‘Life and Death of Renaissance Man', Raritan, 8:4 (Spring 1989), 89-110.

Macbeth and the Politics of Historiography', in Kevin Sharpe and Steven Zwicker (eds), Politics of Discourse (University of California Press, 1987), pp 78-116; reprinted in Stephen Orgel and Sean Keilen (eds), Shakespeare and History (New York and London: Garland, 1999), pp 230-77.

The Masque of Truth: Court Entertainments and International Protestant Politics in the Early Stuart Period', The Seventeenth Century, 1 (1986), 81-110.