Dr Michael Durrant
Lecturer in Early Modern Literature
I currently teach on a broad range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, dealing with literatures from the Renaissance through to the contemporary period. Currently, I contribute to, or convene, the following modules:
- QXE1013 Studying Literature
- QXE 1014 The Gothic in Literature/Film
- QXE2013 Renaissance and Reformation
- OXE2003 Jonson to Johnson
- QXE3107 Sex, Sects and Scandal
- QXE 3011 Print Culture in the 1600s (from 2018-19)
- QXE3099 The English Dissertation
- QXE4050 Material Texts and Editing
My first monograph, which is under contract with Manchester University Press, is a critical biography focusing on the life and career of the seventeenth century printer-publisher, Henry Hills (expected pub. 2019). This work draws together biographical approachs with methodologies associated with book history and print culture studies. The book will unpack the ways in which Henry Hills was represented both during and after his lifetime, and it considers the full range of literary genres in which Hills’ thoughts, motivations, and actions are narrativised, including spiritual autobiography, biography, verse satire, secret history narratives, conspiracy accounts, and legal documents, such as Hills’ last will and testament.
I have written on hypocrisy and print in the early modern period (Forms of Hypocrisy, Routledge, 2018), the transmission and materiality of Charles I's Eikon Basilike (Scintilla, 2018), media manifestations of the English Civil War past (From Medievalism to Early Modernism, Routledge, 2019), and Hilary Mantel's historical fiction (The Conversation, 2017). Currently, I am working on an essay dealing with print and nonconformist religious devotion, which is set to be submitted to Oxford University Press as part of a volume entitled Devotional Writing in Print and Manuscript.
Looking ahead, I will be turning my attention to a project that will focus on the representation of lies in the works of Shakespeare, drawing into dialogue literary critical and sociological methodologies. This research, conducted in collaboration with Dr Andrew Balmer (University of Manchester), will contribute an original analysis to the sociological exploration of lying and secrecy, by reading Georg Simmel and Shakespeare into each other, and – thereby – also make modest contributions to the interpretation of Shakespeare’s writings on these subjects.
- ‘Unseen but very evident’Durrant, M 2018, ‘Unseen but very evident’: Ghosts, Hauntings, and the Civil War Past. in A Norrie & M Gerzic (eds), From Medievalism to Early Modernism. Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture , Routledge, pp. 244-260.
- ‘Who hears or reads of That, shall publish Thee’Durrant, M 2018, ‘Who hears or reads of That, shall publish Thee’: Print, Transmission, and the King’s Book. in Scintilla 21: The Journal of The Vaughan Association. vol. 21, Scintilla: The Journal of the Vaughan Association, The Vaughan Association , pp. 97-119.
- Henry Hills and the Tailor's WifeDurrant, M 2018, Henry Hills and the Tailor's Wife: Hypocrisy, Adultery, and the Archive. in L Nigri (ed.), Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England . Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, Palgrave, pp. 138-156.
- Printing SecretsDurrant, M & Balmer , A, Printing Secrets: Exploring Secrecy in the Printed Materials of British Freemasonry , 2018, Web publication/site.
- ‘Facts are not truth’Durrant, M, ‘Facts are not truth’: Hilary Mantel goes on the record about historical fiction, 2017, Web publication/site, The Conversation.
- Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period (The John Rylands Library, Manchester, 2012).
- History of the Book: Culture, Community, and Criticism (Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 2010).
- ‘Print after 1660’, The Bangor Conference on the Restoration 2017: Turning Points in Britain and Ireland, 1658-1715, 25th-27th July 2017.
I studied for my BA in English here at Bangor University (2006), before completing an MA in medieval and early modern literary studies (2007) and then a PhD (2015), both at the University of Manchester. I have previously worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Manchester, and as a part-time lecturer at Staffordshire University and Salford University. Before returning to Bangor, I worked as a full-time lecturer in Hong Kong.