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Rory Loughnane is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Early Modern Studies in the School of English at The University of Kent. 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 VIEdward IIIThe Merchant of VeniceTwelfth NightHenry VAll’s Well that Ends WellPericlesCymbelineThe 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 StudiesThe Yearbook of English StudiesCritical 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

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Edited book
Loughnane, R. and Semple, E. eds. (2019). Staged Normality in Shakespeare's England. [Online]. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030008918.
Engel, W., Loughnane, R. and Williams, G. (2016). The Memory Arts in Renaissance England: A Critical Anthology. [Online]. Engel, W. E., Loughnane, R. and Williams, G. eds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/zw/academic/subjects/literature/renaissance-and-early-modern-literature/memory-arts-renaissance-england-critical-anthology?format=HB.
Loughnane, R. ed. (2013). Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England. [Online]. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/br/book/9781137349347.
Maley, W. and Loughnane, R. eds. (2013). Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
Loughnane, R. and Power, A.J. eds. (2012). Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613. [Online]. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781139786379.
Book section
Loughnane, R. (2019). Introduction: Stages of Normality. In: Loughnane, R. and Semple, E. eds. Staged Normality in Shakespeare's England. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1 -29.
Loughnane, R. (2017). Thomas Middleton in All's Well that Ends Well? Part Two. In: Taylor, G. and Egan, G. eds. The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 321-337.
Loughnane, R. (2017). Marlowe and Shakespeare, Co-Authors. In: Power, A. J. ed. The Birth and Death of the Author: A Multi-Authored History of Authorship C15th - C21st. New York: Routledge.
Loughnane, R. (2017). Thomas Middleton in All's Well that Ends Well? Part One. In: Taylor, G. and Egan, G. eds. The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion. Oxford, Uk: Oxford University Press, pp. 278-302. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-new-oxford-shakespeare-authorship-companion-9780199591169?cc=gb&lang=en&.
Loughnane, R. (2017). Shakespeare, memory, and new media. In: Hiscock, A. and Wilder, L. P. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 73-90. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Shakespeare-and-Memory/Hiscock-Perkins-Wilder/p/book/9781138816763.
Taylor, G. and Loughnane, R. (2017). The Canon and Chronology of Shakespeare's Works. In: Taylor, G. and Egan, G. eds. The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 417-603. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-new-oxford-shakespeare-authorship-companion-9780199591169?cc=gb&lang=en&.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The Medieval Inheritance. In: Neill, M. and Schalkwyk, D. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 35-53. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-shakespearean-tragedy-9780198724193?cc=gb&lang=en&.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The virginity dialogue in All's Well that Ends Well: feminism, editing, and adaptation. In: Callaghan, D. ed. A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare. Malden, MA, USA: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 411-427. Available at: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118501268.html.
Loughnane, R. (2013). "I myself would for Caernarfonshire": The Old Lady in King Henry VIII. In: Loughnane, R. and Maley, W. eds. Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, pp. 185-204.
Loughnane, R. (2013). The Artificial Figures in Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. In: Rist, T. and Gordon, A. eds. The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, pp. 211-228. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Arts-of-Remembrance-in-Early-Modern-England-Memorial-Cultures-of-the/Gordon-Rist/p/book/9781409446576.
Loughnane, R. and Maley, W. (2013). Celtic Connections and Archipelagic Angles. In: Maley, W. ed. Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers. Routledge, pp. 1-24. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Celtic-Shakespeare-The-Bard-and-the-Borderers/Loughnane-Maley/p/book/9781409422594.
Loughnane, R. (2013). Stages of Transgression. In: Loughnane, R. and Semple, E. eds. Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-23. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137349347.
Power, A. and Loughnane, R. (2012). Introduction to Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613. In: Power, A. J. and Loughnane, R. eds. Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-15. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/literature/renaissance-and-early-modern-literature/late-shakespeare-16081613?format=HB&isbn=9781107016194#mlDUxqMcj9ZdMhRx.97.
Loughnane, R. (2012). The Enigma of Divine Revelation in Tourneur's The Atheist's Tragedy. In: Sweetnam, M. and Cooney, H. eds. Enigma and Revelation in Renaissance English Literature. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press, pp. 136-151. Available at: http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2012/enigma-and-revelation-in-renaissance-english-literature/contents.
Loughnane, R. (2012). The framework for playgoer response in King Henry VIII. In: Loughnane, R. and Power, A. J. eds. Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 108-123. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781139786379&ss=toc.
Article
Loughnane, R. (2017). Shakespeare in the 1580s. Shakespeare Studies [Online] 45:121-128. Available at: http://sites.bu.edu/shakespearestudies/home/current-issue/.
Loughnane, R. (2017). Column: Shakespeare's Solo Authorship. TheJournal.ie [Online]. Available at: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/column-shakespeares-solo-authorship-of-certain-plays-remains-in-question-3357893-May2017/.
Loughnane, R. (2016). Re-editing Non-Shakespeare for the Modern Reader: The Murder of Mutius in Titus Andronicus. The Review of English Studies [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/res/hgw078.
Loughnane, R. (2014). Reputation and the Red Bull Theatre, 1625-1642. The Yearbook of English Studies, 2014 [Online] 44:29-50. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/yearenglstud.44.2014.0029.
Loughnane, R., Power, A. and Sillitoe, P. (2014). Introduction to The Yearbook of English Studies. The Yearbook of English Studies [Online] 44:1-11. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1249/10.5699/yearenglstud.44.2014.0001.
Edited journal
Loughnane, R., Power, A.J. and Sillitoe, P. eds. (2014). The Yearbook of English Studies, 2014 (Caroline Literature). The Yearbook of English Studies, 2014 44:1-294.
Internet publication
Loughnane, R. (2016). Marlowe, Not Shakespeare—so What? [website - blog]. Available at: https://blog.oup.com/2016/11/marlowe-shakespeare-play-authorship/.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The Court Poet and the Art of Memory [website - blog]. Available at: http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2016/08/the-court-poet-and-the-art-of-memory/.
Scholarly edition
Loughnane, R. (2016). Cymbeline, King of Britain Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The Two Noble Kinsmen Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). All's Well that Ends Well Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). Pericles, Prince of Tyre Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The Tempest Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). Twelfth Night Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The life of Henry the Fifth Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The second part of Henry VI; or, The first part of the Contention Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The reign of Edward III Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Loughnane, R. (2016). The comical history of the Merchant of Venice; or, the Jew of Venice Taylor, G., Jowett, J., Bourus, T. and Egan, G. eds.
Forthcoming
Loughnane, R. (2017). What doesn't happen in Hamlet. Critical Survey.
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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)  
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