Dr Lynn Robson

My main research interests are in early modern print culture, particularly cheap print. My initial research into prose murder pamphlets of the period is now developing to encompass prison literature: writing from and about the early modern prison.

I am currently working on Ovidian connections in All's Well That Ends Well.


16th and 17th century English Literature with particular interests in dissenting writers, gender and spirituality. Also Shakespeare and early modern drama.

I am co-convenor for MSt in Women's Studies and offer an option in ‘Voicing Early-Modern Female Criminality’.

I have received three awards for teaching excellence, two from OUSU (Oxford University Students' Union) and one form Humanities Division. 

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


  • 'O this dark dungeon!': murderers, martyrs and the 'sacred space' of the early modern prison

  • Ruth Ahnert. The Rise of Prison Literature in the Sixteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. x + 222 pp. $90. ISBN: 978-1-107-04030-4.

  • ‘We’ll build in sonnets pretty rooms’: Early Modern Literary Studies, the ‘Spatial Turn’ and Ecocriticism

  • 'Now farewell to the Lawe, too long have i been in thy subjection': Early modern murder, calvinism and female spiritual authority

  • Early Modern Contraception and Abortion

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