Alex Davis has supervised PhDs on representations of disease in early modern England; on drama and national identity; Milton; and on sixteenth-century poetry and the history of penance. He would welcome applications from students interested in researching any aspect of the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, or on the relationship between the medieval and the early modern.



Renaissance Historical Fiction: Sidney, Deloney, Nashe (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2011) More information...

Chivalry and Romance in the English Renaissance (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2003). More information...


'Coming Home Again: Johannes Hofer, Edmund Spenser, and Premodern Nostalgia', Parergon 33 (2016), pp. 17-38

'Between Courtesy and Constancy: The Faerie Queene, Books VI and VII', ELH 83 (2016), pp. 655-79

'"Game" in The Tale of Gamelyn,' Medium Aevum 85: 1 (2016), pp. 97-117

'"A Fable Like a Historie": Lady Mary Wroth's "Heathen Fiction"', in Imagining Early Modern Histories, eds Elizabeth Ketner and Alison Kavey (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016), pp. 193-211

Legacies: Thomas Lodge’s Rosalynde as Testamentary Fiction', Journal of the Northern Renaissance 5 (2013) - Full text

‘Tottel's Troy’ in Tottel's Songes and Sonettes in Context, ed. Stephen Hamrick (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 63-85

‘Johnson, Richard’, in Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. and Alan Stewart eds., The Encyclopaedia of English Renaissance Literature (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 3 volumes, 2: pp. 548-9.

'Revolution by Degrees: Philip Sidney and Gradatio', Modern Philology, 108: 4 (2011), pp. 488-506

'Living in the Past: Thebes, Periodization, and the Two Noble Kinsmen', Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 40: 1 (2010), pp. 173-95, special issue on 'Premodern Shakespeares' edited by James Simpson and Sarah Beckwith

'Futures Past: John Lyly's Visions of History in Euphues and His England', Cahiers Élisabéthains 76 (2009), pp. 1-10

'"The Web of His Story": Narrating Miso's Poem and Mopsa's Tale in Book 2 of the New Arcadia', Sidney Journal, 26: 2 (2009), pp. 49-64

'Erotic Historiography: Writing the Self and History in the Twelfth Century and the Renaissance', in The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain, eds. Amanda Hopkins and Cory Rushton (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2007), pp. 164-75.

'Shakespeare's Clowns' in Shakespeare and Elizabethan Popular Culture, eds. Stuart Gillespie and Neil Rhodes (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2006), pp. 67-91

'Savagery and Civility and Popular Literature: Richard Johnson's Tom a Lincolne', Studies in Philology, 103 (2006), pp. 264-80

'Chapbooks', in David Scott Kastan, general editor, The Oxford Encyclopaedia of British Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 5 volumes, 1: 431-4.

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Dr Alex Davis

Education and Experience

Alex Davis received his BA from the University of Oxford, and an MA and PhD from the University of London. His doctoral research dealt with representations of chivalry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and how these have subsequently figured in attempts to present the 'early modern' period as a break with the medieval past.

Research Interests

Alex works on the literature and culture of the English Renaissance. His research has focused on romance, popular culture, and on the prose fiction of the period. He has a particular interest in the Renaissance sense of the past and the question of the period's relationship with both classical antiquity and the Middle Ages. He is the author of two books: Chivalry and Romance in the English Renaissance (2003) and Renaissance Historical Fiction (2011).

Alex is a participant in the British Academy funded research network on 'Seventeenth Century Fiction: Text and Transmission'. The group's blog can be found here.

PhD Supervision

Abe Davies

Dr Alex Davis

Contact information

Room: KH 101
Phone: 2649

Consultation hours:
Sem 1: Mon 3-4, Wed 10-11 Sem 2: Tues & Thurs 9-10

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Deputy Head of School (S2)

Honours Adviser (S2)