Elisabeth Salter English UOH_0226

Professor Elisabeth Salter

Professor/ Associate Dean International

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures


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Professor Salter’s research interests and publications are concerned with the uses of text in medieval and early modern England (and Wales), and also with cultural studies across a broader chronological timespan. 

For her medieval and early modern work, she has a particular focus on the creative performance of reading and writing, for entertainment, devotion, practical necessity, and commemoration.

These issues are explored in her first monograph (which investigated the uses of the last will and testament, amongst other kinds of evidence) and in various essays. Professor Salter has a keen interest in cultural history with particular reference to studies based in specific locations and regions.


Research Interests

  • The uses of text in medieval and early modern England (and Wales), and also with cultural studies across a broader chronological timespan

  • The history of reading and reception history through a study of the uses and circulation of texts of religious instruction, including catechetical works, c. 1200-1700

Research groups

Professor Salter enjoys working collaboratively with academics from a range of disciplines and with other stakeholders such as museums and archives, and the people who own and use the locations being studied.

In 2008, she founded The Mostyn Project, which is concerned with the archives and cultural heritage of a major landholding family in Wales. This project funded three PhD students and Prof Salter received an AHRC Cultural Engagement Grant which supported two postdoctoral researchers.

Professor Salter is a member of the management committee and coordinator (with Dr Pavlina Rychterova, University of Vienna) of a workgroup for a collaborative COST Action (2014-17). The Action received a 500,000 Euro grant to facilitate research into 'New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies and Process of Religious Transformation in Medieval & Early Modern Europe' [Action IS1301].

She is a member of, and mentor to, the University of Hull funded research cluster, Gender, Place, Memory 1400-1800. As part of this cluster, she is developing research which focuses specifically on women's experiences of medieval (and early modern) life in Hull and the region, and beyond.

Professor Salter is also working on a monograph on the poetics of popular religious reading for Amsterdam University Press.



Popular Reading in English c 1400-1600 (Manchester University Press, 2012). Reviewed in TLS June 28 2013. 

Cultural Creativity in the Early English Renaissance: Popular Culture in Town and Country (Palgrave, 2006). Reviewed in TLS April 27 2007; Medium Aevum, 76/2 (2008).

Six Renaissance Men and Women: Innovation, Biography and Cultural Creativity in Tudor England (Ashgate, 2007)

Edited collections

(with H E Wicker) 'Vernacularity in England and Wales c. 1300-1550', Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy (Brepols, 2011)

(with D Atkinson, B McDonagh, S Mckeon and D Starkey), Hull: Culture, History, Place (Liverpool City Histories, Liverpool University Press, 2017)


Research PhDs

Professor Salter welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD or MPhil students working on all aspects of medieval and early modern cultural and historical studies. She is particularly interested in supervising interdisciplinary work which might range across history, literature and cultural studies. She is keen to encourage applicants who are interested in researching medieval and early modern aspects of Hull and its region.

Completed PhDs 

Shaun Evans, The Cultural Construction of a Dynasty in Medieval and Early Modern Society: the Mostyn Family of North Wales (Aberystwyth University PhD, 2013)

Dawn Goldstone, 'For Now the Nation are Not Ignorant': Vocabularies of Royalism c. 1642-1660 (Aberystwyth University PhD., 2013)

Sarah Mckeon, The Blake Cloude of Errour’: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Boethian Aesthetic in the Late 14th Century (Aberystwyth University PhD, 2014)

Current PhD supervisions 

Stormm Buxton-Hill, The Impact of Women on Family Dynastic Ambitions and Legal Change in England 1650-1800

Alice Whiteoak, Gendered Space project (title tbc)

Hazel Lesley Harrison, Littoral (poetry)

Professional highlights

External roles

External examiner, MA in Medieval Literature and Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London (2014-18)

Member of the advisory board of the journal English (published by OUP)

Professional highlights

Coordinator of the University's Literature programme for the UK City of Culture 2017.