Professor David Norbrook

Subject: English

Academic position: Emeritus Fellow


After school and university at Aberdeen, I studied for a D. Phil. at Balliol and then as a Prize Fellow at Magdalen. I was a Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen 1978-98, Professor of English at the University of Maryland 199-2002, Merton Professor of English Literature 2002-14. I was founding Director of the Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies. I now live in Baltimore, USA, where my wife, Sharon Achinstein, teaches at Johns Hopkins University.

Teaching and Research

My tutorials and lectures included the period papers in English Literature 1509-1832, Shakespeare, Milton and Marvell. From the beginning a central interest has been the relations between literature, history and politics, with further interests in early modern women’s writing and in neo-Latin literature. I also work on Scottish poetry, especially Hugh MacDiarmid. I am currently completing an edition and a biography of the seventeenth-century woman writer Lucy Hutchinson.

Selected publications