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Dr Laurie Atkinson

PhD English Literature, Durham University; MPhil Medieval and Renaissance Literature, University of Cambridge; BA (Hons) English Literature, Durham University

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Member of the Department of English Studies  


I am a Teaching Assistant in the Department of English Studies for the modules Romance and the Literature of Chivalry and Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature; MHRA Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Queen Mary University of London for the new edition of the complete works of Geoffrey Chaucer; and editor of the Durham Victoria County History ‘parish short’ for Middleton-in-Teesdale. My main research interests are in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century English and Scottish literature and culture, with a focus on conceptions of authorship and authorial self-promotion, quasi-autobiographical writing, and the History of the Book.

I completed my PhD in English Literature at Durham in 2021; this research was funded by an AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Centre Studentship. My PhD thesis considers conceptions of literary authorship in the framed first-person allegories of John Skelton, William Dunbar, Stephen Hawes, and Gavin Douglas, and is now being revised into a scholarly monograph. My next research project is on co-creative networks in early English literary print; it investigates co-creativity, rather than individual authorship, as a paradigm for textual production in this period, as manifested in literary publications ranging from texts on the subject of the ship of fools to the translations and poems of Robert Copland.

I am published in multiple peer-reviewed academic journals on poets including Thomas Hoccleve, William Dunbar, and Stephen Hawes, write reviews for Medium Ævum, and contribute the John Gower entry to The Year’s Work in English Studies. I have also worked as Research Assistant to Professor Corinne Saunders for the essay collection Middle English Manuscripts and their Legacies: Essay in Honour of Ian Doyle. For details of publications, funding, and awards, see my ORCID ( or LinkedIn profile (