Ben Jonson, Discoveries, in vol. VII of the Cambridge University Complete Works of Ben Jonson ed. David Bevington, Martin Butler and Ian Donaldson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-521-78246-3. More information...

The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) More information... (Winner of the Roland H. Bainton prize for Literature, 2008

Discourses and Representations of Friendship in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700 eds. Daniel T. Lochman, Maritere Lopez and Lorna Hutson (Ashgate, 2010) More information...

Literature, Politics and Law in Renaissance England eds. Erica Sheen and Lorna Hutson (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) More information...

Rhetoric and Law in Early Modern Europe eds. Victoria Kahn and Lorna Hutson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001) More information...

Feminism and Renaissance Studies (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999) More information...

The Usurer's Daughter: Male Friendship and Fictions of Women in Sixteenth Century England (London and New York: Routledge, 1994) - issued in paperback, March 1996 More information...

Thomas Nashe in Context (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989) More information...


Lorna Hutson¿ “Lively Evidence”: Legal Inquiry and the Evidentia of Shakespearean Drama in Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions ed. Bradin Cormack, Martha Nussbaum and Richard Strier (Chicago, 2013) ISBN: 978-0-226-92493-9, 72-97. More information...

‘The Evidential Plot: Shakespeare and Gascoigne at Gray’s Inn’, The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court, ed. J. E. Archer, E. Goldring, S. Knight. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011), 245-263

'Theatre' in Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History, Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature ed. Brian Cummings and James Simpson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) 227-247. ISBN: 9780199212484.

'Che indizio, che provva . . .? Ariosto's Legal Conjectures and the English Renaissance Stage', Renaissance Drama, new series, 36/37, Italy in the Drama of Europe, ed. Albert Russell Ascoli and William West, 179-205. (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2010). ISBN: 9780810124158.

'Fictive Acts: Thomas Nashe and the mid-Tudor legacy', in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) 718-732. ISBN: 9780199205882.

'Imagining Justice: Kantorowicz and Shakespeare', Representations, 106, (Spring, 2009) 118-142. ISSN: 07346018.

'Probable Infidelities from Bandello to Massinger' in Staging Early Modern Romance: Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare eds. Valerie Wayne and Mary Ellen Lamb (New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 219-235

'The Body of the Friend and the Woman Writer: Katherine Philips's Absence from Alan Bray's The Friend (2003)', Women's Writing, 14, no. 2 (August, 2007) 1-19.ISSN: 09699082.

'Noises Off: Participatory Justice in 2 Henry VI' in The Law in Shakespeare eds. Constance Jordan and Karen Cunningham (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 143-166 More information...

'Forensic Aspects of Renaissance Mimesis', Representations, 94 (2006), pp. 80-109

'Rethinking the Spectacle of the Scaffold: Juridical Epistemologies and English Revenge Tragedy', Representations, 89 (2005), pp. 30-58

'Liking Men: Ben Jonson's Closet Opened', ELH, 71:4 (2004), pp. 1065-1096

'From Penitent to Suspect: Law, Reformation and Renaissance Drama', Huntington Library Quarterly, 65:3-4 (2002), pp. 295-319

'Civility and Virility in Ben Jonson', Representations, 78 (2002), pp. 1-27

'Not the King's Two Bodies: Reading the "Body Politic"in Shakespeare's 1 & 2 Henry IV' in Rhetoric and Law in Early Modern Europe eds. Victoria Kahn and Lorna Hutson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001), pp.166-98

'The Double Voice of Equity and Literary Voices of Women' in Danielle Clarke and Elisabeth Clarke eds. The Double Voice: Gendered Writing in Early Modern England (Macmillan: 2000), pp.142-63

'Ethopoeia, Source-Study and Legal History: A Post-Theoretical Approach to the Question of "Character"in Shakespearean Drama' in Post-Theory: New Directions in Criticism, eds. Martin McQuillan et. al. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999), pp.139-160

'Les femmes écrivent d'amitié: le Sweet Nosegay d'Isabella Whitney' in Shakespeare, La Renaissance et l'amitie eds. Dominique Goy-Blanquet and Ruth Morse (Paris: CNRS, 1998), pp. 149-68

''Chivalry for Merchants, or Knights of Temperance in the Realms of Gold', Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 26:1 (1996) pp. 29-59

'On Not Being Deceived: Rhetoric and the Body in Twelfth Night ', Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 38:2 (1996), pp. 140-74

'Fortunate Travelers: Reading for the Plot in Sixteenth-Century England', Representations, 41 (1993), pp. 83-104

'Why the Lady's Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun' in New Feminist Discourses, ed. Isobel Armstrong (London: Routledge, 1992), pp. 154-75

'Why the Lady's Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun' in Women, Texts and Histories, eds. Clare Brant and Diane Purkiss (London: Routledge, 1992), pp. 13-38 More information...

'The Displacement of the Market in Jacobean City Comedy', The London Journal, 14 (1989) pp. 3-16

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Prof Lorna Hutson

Education and Experience

Lorna Hutson was educated in San Francisco and Edinburgh. She gained a Clothworkers' Exhibition to read English at Oxford, receiving first-class M.A. honors in 1979, and her D.Phil. in 1983. After a research fellowship at Victoria University, New Zealand, Lorna was Lecturer and then Reader in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary College, London until 1998. She was then Full Professor at the University of California at Berkeley for four years before coming to St Andrews as the Berry Professor of English Literature in 2004. Lorna has held fellowships from the Folger, the Huntington Library and the Guggenheim, and is a corresponding editor of the journal Representations

Research Interests

Lorna's interests are in the rhetorical bases of Renaissance literature, and in the relationship between literary form and the formal aspects of non-literary culture. Recent work includes the delivery of the Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, 2012, on ‘Circumstantial Shakespeare’, the editing of Ben Jonson’s Discoveries (1641) for the Cambridge Complete Works of Ben Jonson (2012) and The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (OUP, 2007, pbk 2011), which won the Roland Bainton Prize for Literature in 2008. She is currently working, with Bradin Cormack, on the Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700, and directs CMEMLL, the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature

Lorna has also worked on Ben Jonson, on early modern women's writing, on the history of sexuality, on friendship, feminism, rhetoric, law and on usury and would welcome graduate students with interests in any of these areas.

PhD Supervision

Julianne Mentzer, Zoe Sutherland

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Contact information

Room: KH 204
Phone: 2682

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