Professor Andrew Gordon
BA (UNL), MA (Sussex), PhD (Queen Mary's, London)
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
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.
- Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain, co-ed with J. Daybell (University of Pennsylvania Press, Material Texts Series, 2016)
- Women and Epistolary Agency in Early Modern Culture, 1450-1690, co-ed with J. Daybell (Routledge, 2016).
- Writing Early Modern London: Memory, Text and Community (Palgrave, Early Modern Literature In History, 2013).
- The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post-Reformation, co-edited with Thomas Rist (Ashgate, Material Readings in Early Modern Culture, 2013). See the introduction.
- Literature, Mapping and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain, co-edited with Bernard Klein (Cambridge University Press 2001, paperback 2011). See the introduction.
JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES
- New Directions in the Study of Early Modern Correspondence A special issue of the journal Lives And Letters Vol 4, no. 1 (2012), co-edited with James Daybell.
- Citizenship Beyond the State A special issue of the journal Citizenship Studies (2007), co-edited with Trevor Stack. See the co-written introduction, 'Citizenship Beyond the State: Thinking with Early Modern Citizenship in the Contemporary World'
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
- ‘The Renaissance Footprint: The Material Trace in Print Culture from Dürer to Spenser’, Renaissance Quarterly 71:2 (2018), 478-529 https://doi.org/10.1086/698139.
- ‘Eastward Ho and the Traffic of the Stage’, in Travel and Drama in Early Modern England: The Journeying Play, ed Claire Jowitt and David McInnis (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
- ‘The Paper Parish: The Parish Register and the Reformation of Parish Memory in Early Modern London’, Memory Studies Special Issue 11:1 (2018). Memory and the Early Modern eds Kate Chedgzoy, Elspeth Graham , Katharine Hodgkin and Ramona Wray, 51-68 https://doi.org/10.1177/1750698017736838.
- ‘Material Fictions: Counterfeit Correspondence and the Culture of Copying in Early Modern England’, in Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain, ed. A. Gordon and J. Daybell (University of Pennsylvania Press, Material Texts Series, 2016), 85-109.
- ‘The Early Modern Letter-Opener’, introductory essay co-authored with James Daybell, in Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain, ed. A Gordon and J. Daybell (University of Pennsylvania Press, Material Texts Series, 2016), 1-26.
- ‘Recovering Agency in the Epistolary Traffic of Frances, Countess of Essex and Jane Daniell’, in Women and Epistolary Agency in Early Modern Culture, 1450-1690, ed. A. Gordon and J. Daybell (Routledge, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World Series, 2016), 182-206.
- ‘Living Letters’, introductory essay co-authored with James Daybell in Women and Epistolary Agency in Early Modern Culture, 1450-1690, ed. A. Gordon and J. Daybell (Routledge, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World Series, 2016), 1-19.
- ‘Materiality and the Streetlife of the Early Modern City’, in The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe ed. D. Gaimster, T. Hamling and C. Richardson (Routledge, 2016), 126-36.
- ‘The Panyer Alley Boy’, object study, The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe ed. D. Gaimster, T. Hamling and C. Richardson (Routledge, 2016), 215-6.
- 'The Ghost of Pasquill: The Comic Afterlife and the Afterlife of Comedy on the Elizabethan Stage', in The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England ed. Gordon and Thomas Rist (Ashgate, 2013), 229-46.
- 'Essex's Last Campaign: The Fall of the Earl of Essex and Manuscript Circulation', in Essex: The Cultural Impact of an Elizabethan Courtier, ed. Lisa Hopkins and Annaliese F. Connolly (Manchester University Press, 2013), 153-68.
- 'John Stow', 'Richard Grafton', and 'Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex', in Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature ed. Alan Stewart and Garrett Sullivan jr (Blackwells, 2012).
- 'The Puritan Widow and the Spatial Arts in Middleton's Urban Drama', in Thomas Middleton in Context ed. Suzanne Gossett (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
- 'Donne and Late Elizabethan Court Politics', in Oxford Handbook of John Donne ed. Jeanne Shami, Tom Hester and Dennis Flynn (Oxford University Press, 2011), 460-70.
- 'Copycopia, or, the uses of copied correspondence in court culture: A case study', in Material Readings of Early Modern Culture: Texts and Social Practices, 1580-1700 ed. James Daybell and Peter Hinds (Palgrave, 2010), 65-81.
- '"A fortune of Paper walls": the letters of Francis Bacon and the earl of Essex', English Literary Renaissance 37:3 (2007), 319-336.
- '"If my sign could speak"; the signboard and the visual culture of early modern London', Early Theatre 8:1 (2005), 35-51. Downloadable pdf file appears courtesy of Early Theatre, and is also available via: http//www.itergateway.org/
- 'Overseeing and Overlooking: John Stow and the Surveying of the City' in John Stow (1525-1604) and the Making of the English Past, ed Ian Gadd and Alexandra Gillespie (British Library, 2004), 81-88.
- 'The Act of Libel: Conscripting Civic Space in Early Modern England', Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 32:2 (Spring 2002), 375-397. Downloadable pdf file appears courtesy of JMEMS.
- 'Performing London: the map and the city in ceremony' in Literature, Mapping and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain, ed. Gordon and Klein (Cambridge University Press, 2001), 69-8
- The Correspondence of Robert Beale (1541-1601), dir. A Gordon. Research Fellow, Dr Rachel MacGregor. Early Modern Letters Online, 2017.
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