Dr Tom MacFaul

Renaissance poetry and drama.

Tutorials and classes on English literature 1550-1660, Shakespeare, English literature 1660-1760, English literature 1760-1830. Students are free to choose any authors within the period papers (which are covered in the second year), and are encouraged to explore the full range of poetry, drama, fiction and expository prose between the Renaissance and the Romantic periods. I give background classes relating literary texts to the political, artistic, and intellectual culture of the periods. I also often teach American literature options for the final-year extended essay.

For the faculty, I give lecture courses on Renaissance poetry and drama, and on some later literature and its relation to the visual arts.



  • Shakespeare and the Natural World

  • George Herbert's Bravery

  • Problem Fathers in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

  • Tottel's Miscellany : songs and sonnets of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Sir Thomas Wyatt and others

  • A Theatre for Worldlings

  • Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson

  • Friendship in Sidney’s Arcadias

  • Male Friendship in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

  • The Butterfly, the Fart and the Dwarf: The Origins of the English Laureate Micro-Epic

  • More