Books and Edited Collections

Common: The Development of Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

MHRA Vol. 9. English Renaissance Translation Theory, editor with Gordon Kendal and Louise Wilson (2013)

Sound Effects: the Oral/Aural Dimensions of Literature in English, editor with Chris Jones; special issue of Oral Tradition (2009)

The Owl's Almanac, editor; in Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino eds., Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Shakespeare and Elizabethan Popular Culture,editor with Stuart Gillespie (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2006)

Shakespeare and the Origins of English (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), paperback edition, 2007. Shortlisted for the ESSE Literature Book Award, 2006

King James VI and I: Selected Writings, editor with Jennifer Richards and Joseph Marshall (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003)

The Renaissance Computer: Knowledge Technology in the First Age of Print, editor with Jonathan Sawday (London and New York: Routledge, 2000)

English Renaissance Prose: History, Language and Politics, editor (Tempe, Arizona: MRTS, 1997)

The Power of Eloquence and English Renaissance Literature (London and New York: Harvester, 1992)

John Donne: Selected Prose, editor (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987)

Elizabethan Grotesque (London and Boston: Routledge, 1980), Japanese language edition, trans. Yoshiko Ueno (Tokyo: Heibon-Sya, 1989)

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Shakespeare and Elizabethan Popular Culture
Shakespeare and the Origins of English
King James VI and IThe Renaissance ComputerEnglish Renaissance Prose: History, Language and PoliticsThe Power of Eloquence and English Renaissance LiteratureJohn Donne: Selected ProseRhodes John DonneElizabethan GrotesqueElizabethan Grotesque, Japanese edition
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Prof Neil Rhodes

Education and Experience

Neil Rhodes was a Scholar of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he was awarded the degrees of MA and DPhil and was a Newdigate prizewinner. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Granada, and Liverpool Hope University, and joint General Editor with Andrew Hadfield of the MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations. From 2014-16 he held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a book entitled Common: The Development of Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England, published by Oxford University Press in 2018. His teaching is principally in the fields of English Renaissance literature and the history of drama. He is currently working on a study of the development of the English anthology and ideas of authorship, 1500-1800.

Research Interests

Neil has three research interests at present. First, translation and the development of the vernacular in early modern England. Second, sound and the oral/aural dimensions of literature in English, especially the early modern period; this develops from a long-standing interest in rhetoric and the media in history. Third, popular culture and its relationship to elite forms of culture in Elizabethan England.

His PhD students have received ORS and Commonwealth scholarships and AHRC and Carnegie Caledonian awards, and more recently, awards from the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities. Students working with Neil were awarded the St Leonard's College Prize Lectures in 2016 and 2017.  He welcomes enquiries from students who are considering postgraduate research in any of the areas described above.

PhD Supervision

Jon Gardner, Rebecca Hasler, Rachel Horrocks

Professor Neil Rhodes

Contact information

Room: CH 16
Phone: 2660

Consultation hours:
Monday 2.30-4.30

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Director of the Medieval
and Renaissance
research group

Director of Postgraduate Taught (S2)