Professor Andrew Gordon

Professor Andrew Gordon
Professor Andrew Gordon

Professor Andrew Gordon

BA (UNL), MA (Sussex), PhD (Queen Mary's, London)

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Andrew Gordon (BA, MA, PhD) is Professor of Renaissance Literature and Culture. His research explores the intersection between textual forms and cultural practices across the early modern period. He is Co-Director of Aberdeen's interdisciplinary Centre for Early Modern Studies

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Co-Director, Centre for Early Modern Studies

Academic Line Manager

REF co-lead for English

External Memberships

Editorial Board, Material Readings in Early Modern Culture

Editorial Board, Literary London

Early Modern Studies in Scotland, Covener, 2008-

Renaissance Society of America, Council Member

Advisory Board, Women's Early Modern Letters Online


Research Overview

He has published widely on the literature and culture of early modern London, on letter-writing, on textual transmission in both manuscript and print, and other areas.  He is the author of Writing Early Modern London: Memory, Text and Community  (Palgrave, 2013) as well as various collections including Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain (U Penn, 2016) and Women and Epistolary Agency in Early Modern Culture, 1450-1690 (Routledge, 2016), (co-ed w. J. Daybell), and The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2013) (co-ed w. T. Rist). He also directed The Correspondence of Robert Beale (1541-1601) funded by a Hunter-Caldwell award. 

Collaborating with Aberdeen Performing Arts and the director Alasdair Hunter, he has developed a project that combines creative practice and academic research. The project uses an investigation of the theatrical culture of early modern Aberdeen (including archival records of touring companies in the city), as a platform for exploring the experiences of migration and accommodation in the modern day city. It has resulted in several performance events including, most recently, What Country Friends Is This?, a work structured around the visit of a touring company that incorporated the experiences of members of the city's Polish community. This production featured as part of the Silver City Stories festival in July 2017. This project has been further developed with the writer Lesley-Anne Rose of Open Road Productions, and a new development piece funded by Creative Scotland was performed at Footdee Community centre in 2019. During lockdown he devised a new collaboration with Alasdair Hunter, using lockdown recorded performances of letters from the plays of Shakespeare and early modern culture, as part of a reflection on absence, isolation, and the place of theatre under the title A Merry Note. You can see clips of the performed letters recorded in isolation here.

Recently supervised PhDs include work on drama and equity; on pedagogical literature and exchange  in the sixteenth century; and the old wives tale in early modern literature. He welcomes enquiries from prospective graduate students in all aspects of early modern research, but especially those interested in material texts/textual transmission, cultural mobility, memory and community. 


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Teaching Responsibilities

EL2011: Encounters with Shakespeare

EL30CP: Page and Stage: Renaissance Writing, 1500-1640

EL40AD: Staging the City: Renaissance Urban Drama

EL5590: Locations and Dislocations: The Role of Place in Literature