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Dr Andrew Zurcher

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I work on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, with a particular focus on the works of Edmund Spenser, Philip Sidney, and William Shakespeare. My research to date has emphasised early modern legal history, Elizabethan colonial and military activity in Ireland, textual studies (including palaeography and manuscript studies), the sixteenth-century reception of Academic and Pyrrhonist epistemology, early modern secretarial practice, and the theory and practice of allegory in the sixteenth century. I am currently working on several editorial projects: (with Christopher Burlinson) an edition of Ralph Kenvet's 1635 A Supplement of the Faery Queene; several editions of the works of Edmund Spenser; and (with Anne Dunan Page) the letters of Sir Thomas Browne for a new Collected Works under the general care of Claire Preston. I am also editing sixteenth-century materials for OUP's Oxford Scholarly Editions Online project.

With Raphael Lyne and Gavin Alexander, I wrote English Handwriting 1500-1700: An Online Course, now part of an AHRC-funded project, based at the Cambridge Faculty of English, called Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts, Online. I maintain both the Edmund Spenser Home Page and the Sidney-Spenser Discussion List. I also help to run the Faculty's Centre for Material Texts.