Prof Raphael Lyne, Murray Edwards



Chair of the Faculty

Biographical Information

I am a Professor of Renaissance Literature and a Fellow and Director of Studies at Murray Edwards College. In addition to my college web page (here) and the publications list below, you can find out a bit more about my interests in my blog, 'What Literature Knows About Your Brain', which is here. I am Chair of the Faculty Board of English between October 2021 and September 2024.

Research Interests

Sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature; cognitive approaches to literature / cognitive literary theory; classical influences on English Literature 1500-1700; Shakespeare; memory, especially the subjective experience of remembering; theory and practice of imitation; the relationships between texts and their sources; genre; poetry (currently working on Herbert, Herrick, Skelton, and others).

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Supervises MPhils and PhDs in the fields mentioned above under 'Research Interests'. Contributes to teaching and/or supervision for MPhil in English Studies.

Selected Publications

  • 'Signal and Noise in Skelton', Textual Practice
  • 'Shakespeare’s Animals: Is There Anything It Is Like To Be Adonis?', Essays in Criticism, 72 (2022), 303-31.
  • 'Shakespeare and the Wandering Mind', Journal of the British Academy, 8 (2020), 1-27.
  • 'Ben Jonson and the Limits of Distributed Cognition', in Distributed Cognition in Medieval and Renaissance Culture, ed. Miranda Anderson and Michael Wheeler (Edinburgh, 2019).
  • 'Sonnets and the First Person Plural', Cambridge Quarterly, 2019.
  • 'Reading for Evidence of Faith in Herbert's Poems', Review of English Studies, here.
  • [with Mattia Gallotti] 'The Individual "We" Narrator', British Journal of Aesthetics, 59 (2019), 179-95.
  • 'Shakespeare and the Macaronic Book' in Text, Food and the Early Modern Reader: Eating Words, ed. Jason Scott-Warren and Andrew Zurcher. Routledge, 2018.
  • 'Relevance Across History' in Reading Beyond the Code: Literature and Relevance Theory, ed. Terence Cave and Deirdre Wilson. Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • The Complete Poems of Shakespeare, ed. with Cathy Shrank. Routledge, 2017.
  • 'Shakespearean Vital Signs' in Movement in Renaissance Literature: Exploring Kinesic Intelligence, ed. Kathryn Banks and Timothy Chesters.Palgrave, 2017.
  • Memory and Intertextuality in Renaissance Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2016
  • [with Emma Firestone] ‘Purity and Disgust in Shakespeare’s Problem Plays’, in Purity and Danger Now: New Perspectives, ed. Robbie Duschinsky, Simone Schnall, and Daniel H. Weiss. Routledge, 2016.
  • ‘Shakespeare, Perception and Theory of Mind’ in Reading Literature Cognitively, edited by Terence Cave, a special issue of Paragraph, 37 (2014).
  • 'Thinking in Stanzas: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece' in The Work of Form: Poetics and Materiality in Early Modern Culture, ed. Elizabeth Scott-Baumann and Ben Burton, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • 'The Shakespearean Grasp', Cambridge Quarterly, 2013.
  • 'Recognition in Cymbeline', in Late Shakespeare 1608-1613, ed. Rory Loughnane and Andrew Power, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Shakespeare, Rhetoric and Cognition, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • 'Dryden and the Complete Career', in Classical Literary Careers and their Reception, ed. Philip Hardie and Helen Moore, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • ‘The Sonnets’, special issue of Shakespeare (2009), co-edited with Cathy Shrank
  • 'Neoclassicisms’, in Tragedy in Transition, ed. Sarah Annes Brown and Catherine Silverstone, Blackwell, 2007
  • Shakespeare's Late Work (Oxford Shakespeare Topics series), Oxford University Press, 2007, 192
  • 'Shakespeare, Plautus, and the Discovery of New Comic Space', in Shakespeare and the Classics, ed. Charles Martindale and Anthony Brian Taylor, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 122-38
  • "Grille's Moral Dialogue: Spenser and Plutarch", Spenser Studies, 2004
  • "Writing Back to Ovid in the 1560s and 1570s", Translation and Literature, 2004
  • "Love and Exile After Ovid", The Cambridge Companion to Ovid, ed. Philip Hardie, CUP, 2002
  • "Ovid in English Translation", The Cambridge Companion to Ovid, ed. Philip Hardie, CUP, 2002
  • Ovid's Changing Worlds: English Metamorphoses 1567-1632, Oxford University Press, 2001