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Dr Jason Lawrence

Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, BA English

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of English and American Studies

Summary

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.

Book

Tasso's art and afterlives: the 'Gerusalemme liberata' in England

Lawrence, J. (2017). Tasso's art and afterlives: the 'Gerusalemme liberata' in England. Manchester: Manchester University Press

The accession of James I: Historical and cultural consequences

Burgess, G., Wymer, R., & Lawrence, J. (2016). The accession of James I: Historical and cultural consequences. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230501584

Book Chapter

'Oh that we had such an English Tasso': Tasso in English poetry and drama to 1700

Lawrence, J. (2019). 'Oh that we had such an English Tasso': Tasso in English poetry and drama to 1700. In Routledge Research Companion to Anglo-Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture, 250-266. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

‘“The Painter has made a finer Story than the Poet”: Jonathan Richardson’s ekphrastic ‘Dissertation’ on Poussin’s Tancred and Erminia’

Lawrence, J. (2018). ‘“The Painter has made a finer Story than the Poet”: Jonathan Richardson’s ekphrastic ‘Dissertation’ on Poussin’s Tancred and Erminia’. In Ekphrastic Encounters: New Interdisciplinary Essays on Literature and the Visual Arts, 91-106. Manchester University Press

Journal Article

‘Still finest wits are stilling Venus Rose’: Robert Southwell's ‘Optima Deo’, Venus and Adonis, and Tasso's canto della rosa

Lawrence, J. (2013). ‘Still finest wits are stilling Venus Rose’: Robert Southwell's ‘Optima Deo’, Venus and Adonis, and Tasso's canto della rosa. Renaissance Studies, 27(3), 389-406. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-4658.2012.00816.x

Postgraduate supervision

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)