Research

Research Interests

My diverse research interests lie in multidisciplinary approaches to issues of perception and discourse, especially in relation to uses of the past. I have previously worked on aspects of Renaissance historiography; codicology and manuscript studies; religious writings of the English Reformation; John Foxe; Thomas More; Renaissance humanist networks; Raphael Holinshed; William Shakespeare; John Skelton; George Cavendish; Thomas Cardinal Wolsey; Thomas Cromwell; early modern letter-writing; early modern landscapes; historical sociolinguistics; early modern martyrdom and its representations; and more recently, Richard Grafton and early modern European print cultures. I also have an active interest in the development of creative pedagogies–especially in the liberal arts–and in the development of digital tools for research, teaching, and learning. Recent work has included multidisciplinary collaborations on labor and migration history, which has connected with my role in the Monash-Warwick Alliance’s Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN).

Publications

Monographs:


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From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England’s ‘Other King’  (Leiden: Brill, 2016). ISBN: 9789004317505. Status: in print. Available here. Reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly 70.3 (2017), pp. 1135-1136 and in British Catholic History 34.2 (2018), pp. 346-348.


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The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer (Leiden: Brill, 2019). Status: under contract to Brill’s ‘Library of the Written Word: The Handpress World’ series (series ed. Andrew Pettegree), manuscript under research.

PhD Thesis:

“Turning Princes into Pages: Sixteenth Century Literary Characterizations of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey” (PhD dissertation, University of Sheffield, 2013). Supervised by Prof. Cathy Shrank and Dr Marcus Nevitt; examined by Prof. Mike Pincombe and Dr Tom Rutter.

To view/download an open access PDF of this thesis, click here.

Articles/Essays:


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Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Turning Princes Into Pages: Images of Cardinal Wolsey in the Satires of John Skelton and Shakespeare’s Henry VIII” in New Perspectives on Tudor Culture: Literature, Society, and Politics, eds. Zsolt Almasi and Mike Pincombe (Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, July 2012). ISBN: 1-4438-3906-X


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Mike Pincombe and Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: Tragedies of Tyrants” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion, eds. Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). Status: in proofs. Available here: https://global.oup.com/academic/

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “George Cavendish, Historiographer” in A Companion to the Cavendishes: Writing, Patronage, and Material Culture, eds. Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter (ARC Humanities, 2018). Status: in production.

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Towards a British Interpretation of Liberal Education” (article in production)

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “The Semantics of ‘Tragedy’ in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” (article in production)

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Meekness and Martyrdom in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” (article in production).

Reviews:

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 95.1 (2016). Available at:  http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/ (also available in print).

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The early sixteenth century” in Year’s Work in English Studies 95.1 (2016). Available at:  http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/ (also available in print).

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 94.1 (2015). Available at:  http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/ (also available in print).

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The early sixteenth century” in Year’s Work in English Studies 94.1 (2015). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/ (also available in print).

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VI (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 93.1 (2014), pp. 415-425.

Review of Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe, eds. Cesare Cuttica and Glenn Burgess (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012), in The Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. XLIV, No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 213-214.

Review of Enigma and Revelation in Renaissance English Literature, eds. Helen Cooney and Mark S. Sweetnam (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012), in Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. XLIV, No. 4 (Winter 2013), pp. 1131-1132.

Former contributor to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies.

Other Publications/Activities:

Editor of the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN) blog, available at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mitn/blog/

Review: Antoninia Bevan Zlatar, Reformation Fictions: Polemical Protestant Dialogues in Elizabethan England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Available at http://europeanconversionnarratives.wordpress.com/

“Self-funding a PhD”. Quadrivium Project. Available at http://quadriviumproject.com/blog/260/self-funding-a-ph-d