Dr Jason Lawrence

Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, BA English

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Jason Lawrence's primary area of interest is the literary and cultural relationships between Italy and England in the Renaissance period.

His first monograph explored the relationship between methods of learning Italian in Renaissance England and techniques of imitation in response to popular Italian literary materials.

His current monograph focuses on the reception in England of the life and work of the great 16th century Italian poet Torquato Tasso, spanning literature, opera, and the visual arts from the late 16th to the late 19th centuries.


Research Interests

  • Anglo-Italian literary and cultural relations

  • Torquato Tasso

  • Edmund Spenser

  • Samuel Daniel

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Research groups

  • FACE Transnationality Studies

  • Andrew Marvell Centre



'Who the Devil Taught thee so much Italian?': Italian Language Learning and Literary Imitation in Early Modern England, Manchester University Press, 2006; paperback edition, 2011.

Tasso's Art and Afterlives: the 'Gerusalemme liberata' in England, MUP, 2017.


'Still Finest Wits are Stilling Venus Rose: Robert Southwell's Optima Deo, Venus and Adonis, and Tasso's Canto Della Rosa', Renaissance Studies 27 (2013), 389-406.

'When Despotism kept Genius in Chains: Imagining Tasso’s Madness and Imprisonment, 1748-1849’, Studies in Romanticism 50.3 (2011), 475-503.

‘Samuel Daniel’s The Complaint of Rosamond and the Arrival of Tasso’s Armida in England’, Renaissance Studies 25 (2011), 648-665.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Travels in Text and Time (level 4)

  • Approaches to Poetry (level 4)

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature (level 5, convenor)

  • Shakespeare (level 6, convenor)

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature (level 6, convenor)

  • Medieval and Renaissance Intertextualities (level 7, convenor)

  • Research, Creativity and Engagement (level 7, convenor)

Research PhDs

Dr Lawrence would welcome prospective PhD applications on any aspect of Anglo-Italian literary relationships; Shakespeare, and English Renaissance Drama; Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, and English Renaissance poetry.

Completed PhDs

  • Translating Women: Female Figures in the Elizabethan Translations of Three Italian Renaissance Epic Poems (2003 – 2007)

  • Dialectical Affect in Shakespeare’s Problem Plays (2005 – 2007)

  • Shakespeare and the Seven Deadly Sins: a Necessary Evil (2011-2016)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Honours English (First Class), University of Oxford

  • MPhil in English Studies (Shakespeare and English Drama), University of Oxford

  • DPhil, University of Oxford

External roles

External Examiner for English, University of Birmingham (2015-2019)

Awards and accolades

Research grant

Leverhulme Research Fellowship (January 2008 to June 2009: £26,000), to begin work on 'Tasso's Afterlives' project.