Part-time Research Assistant – Shakespeare’s Scotland

Grade 6: £28,098 p.a. (pro rata)

The Faculty of English Language and Literature, is seeking to appoint a part-time Research Assistant (0.1 FTE) to work under the direction of Professor Lorna Hutson on a project entitled ‘Shakespeare’s Scotland’. The project involves reconceiving the question of Anglo-Scots relations in the period before James VI’s succession, not as a ‘succession problem’, but as a complex transformation, through English literature, of the older Anglo-imperial claim to sovereignty over Scotland by means of the medieval legendary ‘British’ history of Brutus and King Arthur. The project looks at the printed literature of England’s invasion of Scotland in the 1540s; the Anglo-imperial fashioning of England-as-island through chorography, river poetry and epic romance in the 1540s - 1590s; the development of a ‘political theology’ of Scottish vassalage in the theory of ‘The King’s Two Bodies’; Scottish sovereignty as expressed in Scots poetry of the 1570s and 1580s; the occlusion of Scottish sovereignty in the ‘English history play’ of the 1590s and in Shakespeare’s tragedies of the 1600s. The project aims at a monograph and much of the reading and gathering of material has been done. The RA’s remit will therefore be to assist Professor Hutson in transcription, checking, going through Calendars of State Papers and other historical collections, as required.

The Research Assistant will research and present results from reading in historical collections of letters and state papers from the period. They will assist with ordering photographs relevant to the project and checking citations and readings from printed materials in final portions of the project, and will organise workshops and day conferences.

Applicants should possess a degree in English language or literature or a related field, and should have or be working toward a doctorate in a related specialist discipline. They should also possess the ability to manage their own research and associated administrative activities, and have excellent communication skills including experience in writing for publication.

This part-time post is offered from 1 October (or as soon as possible after this date), for a fixed-term of 12 months.

Further particulars (which all applicants must consult) are available at:

Applications (which should include a CV and a supporting statement explaining your suitability for the post) should be made online via the link above. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 27 July 2018. Applicants should request two referees to send supporting letters by this date to:

Interviews will be held in Oxford on 27 August 2018.

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