Portrait of Dr Rory Loughnane

Dr Rory Loughnane

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Studies
Co-Director, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies


Dr Rory Loughnane is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Early Modern Studies in the School of English. He is an award-winning scholar of early modern textual studies, authorship, intellectual history, and literary criticism. 

Dr Loughnane is an Associate Editor of The New Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford University Press, 2016-17), editing ten plays and co-editing another for the new edition. Plays he has edited include 2 Henry VI, Edward III, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Henry V, All’s Well that Ends Well, Pericles, Cymbeline, The Tempest, and The Two Noble Kinsmen. For the Authorship Companion to the edition, he co-authored with Gary Taylor a book-length study about ‘The Canon and Chronology of Shakespeare’s works’ and, in a series of attribution studies, first identified Thomas Middleton as adapter of All’s Well that Ends Well. He is currently editing The Spanish Tragedy and Troilus and Cressida (Q1) and co-editing Othello (Q1) for the Alternative Versions volume, forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2021. In 2017 he was awarded the Faculty of Humanities Prize for Starting Research for his contribution to The New Oxford Shakespeare edition. 

He has published extensively across several fields in early modern studies, including six essay collections and the landmark critical anthology The Memory Arts in Renaissance England (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His essay collections include Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613 (Cambridge University Press, 2013; re-issued 2015), Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers (Ashgate, 2013; re-issued 2017), Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Staged Normality in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He publishes regularly in academic journals such as The Review of English Studies, The Yearbook of English Studies, Critical Survey, and Shakespeare Studies and has contributed to major studies such as A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare (2016), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Tragedy (2016), and The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory (2017). 

He has presented upon his research to audiences in over fifteen countries, most recently in Japan, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Germany. His research is or has been supported by funding bodies such as the Irish Research Council, AHRC and ESRC, and institutions such as The Huntington Library, California, where he will hold a Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowship in the spring of 2020.  

Dr Loughnane is currently at work on several major research projects. He is the editor of The Complete Works of Cyril Tourneur for Revels Plays (Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2020), the first edition of the poet-dramatist’s complete works since 1930. With Andrew J. Power, he has recently edited a new essay collection about the formative period of Shakespeare’s career, Early Shakespeare, 1588-1594 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2019). With Will Sharpe, he is editing a major new 40+ essay collection, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Authorship (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2021). With William E. Engel and Grant Williams, he is undertaking a new anthology about The Death Arts in Renaissance England (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2021), which will include over 80 edited excerpts. His next major project will concern the works of Christopher Marlowe. With Laurie Maguire, he edits the Routledge monograph series, Studies in Early Modern Authorship

Born and raised in Co. Clare, Ireland, he undertook BA (English Studies) and PhD studies at Trinity College Dublin. He was then awarded an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship at the same university, which he cut short to join Syracuse University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He next moved to Indiana University-Indianapolis to join the New Oxford Shakespeare editorial team. Dr Loughnane is a dual citizen of Ireland and the US. He joined the University of Kent in the summer of 2016.  

Research interests

Dr Loughnane’s research interests fall, broadly, into four areas:

  • Editing and Textual Studies
  • Authorship (practices of, attribution studies)
  • History of Ideas (memory, death, love, rhetoric, conduct)
  • Literary Criticism (transgression and normality, nationality, feminism and gender studies)  


Dr Loughnane would welcome the opportunity to speak to any prospective graduate students interested in the following areas of study:

  • Early Modern Literature and Drama
  • Editing and Textual Studies (1500-1700)
  • Authorship (practices of, attribution studies)
  • History of Ideas (memory, death, love, rhetoric, conduct)
  • Literary Criticism (transgression and normality, nationality, feminism and gender studies)
  • Digital Humanities  


  • Shakespeare Association of America (2020 planning committee)
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Malone Society
  • Marlowe Society of America
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