Matthew Woodcock came to UEA in January 2004. He studied at Exeter University and University College, Oxford where he completed a DPhil in 2001 entitled 'Renaissance Elf-Fashioning: The Rhetoric of Fairy in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene'. After lecturing in Oxford, he taught at University College, Cork and Birkbeck College, London. In 2007 he obtained the Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education Practice from the University of East Anglia.
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In: The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Volume 1: Britain and Ireland to 1660.
Oxford University Press
pp. 579-89UEA Repository
"Their eyes more attentive to the show": Spectacle, Tragedy, and the Structure of All is True (Henry VIII)
pp. 1-15UEA Repository
in Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate
pp. 210-20UEA Repository
England in the Long Fifteenth Century
In: A Companion to Medieval Poetry.
pp. 501-519UEA Repository
Shooting for England: Configuring the Book and the Bow in Roger Ascham's Toxophilus
in Sixteenth Century Journal
pp. 1017-1038UEA Repository
Sir Philip Sidney and the Sidney Circle, Writers and Their Work series
Northcote House/British Council
ISBN 9780746311974UEA Repository
Spirits of Another Sort: Constructing Shakespeare's Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream
In: A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Critical Guide.
ISBN 9781847061355UEA Repository
Edmund Spenser and Commemorations of the Death of Elizabeth I
in Notes and Queries
pp. 42-46UEA Repository
Entries on works by Thomas Churchyard and Fulke Greville in The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600
Shakespeare: Henry V: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism
ISBN 9780230500808UEA Repository
Entries on 'Robert Greene', 'Revenge tragedy', 'The reign of Henry V', and 'Edmund Spenser' for online resource The Literary Encyclopedia , 2004-07.
The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth: Milton's Utopia?
In: Approaches to Teaching Milton's Shorter Poetry and Prose.
ISBN 0873525930UEA Repository
Spenser and Olaus Magnus: A Reassessment
in Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual
pp. 181-204UEA Repository
Crossovers and Afterlife
In: A Companion to Middle English Hagiography.
Boydell & Brewer
ISBN 1843840723UEA Repository
In: The Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare: A Comprehensive Guide for Students.
ISBN 0313327793UEA Repository
John Talbot, Terror of the French: A Continuing Tradition
in Notes and Queries
pp. 249-51UEA Repository
Fairy in The Faerie Queene: Renaissance Elf-Fashioning and Elizabethan Myth-Making
ISBN 0754634396UEA Repository
John Talbot, Terror of the French: A Continuing Tradition, Notes and Queries 51.3
The First Sightings of Spenser's Faeries
in Notes and Queries
pp. 390-91UEA Repository
The Place of Arthur in Children's Versions of The Faerie Queene
pp. 23-37UEA Repository
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Key Research Interests
My main ongoing research project is a monograph, Thomas Churchyard and the Construction of Professional Authorship.
I'm happy to supervise research on any aspect of medieval and early modern literature, and am particularly interested in sixteenth-century textual culture and in traditions and forms spanning the medieval and early modern periods.
For all publications please see my publications tab.
Click here for information about the innovative MA in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures pathway on offer at UEA in the School of Literature, details about current PhD research activities and opportunities, a profile of the lecturers' interests and current projects, an indication of the extensive archival and material culture that is accessible, as well as information on what life is like in Norwich.
- LITE1F03 Reading Texts
- LITE1F08 Reading Texts 2
- LITD2X45 Shakespeare on Stage and Screen
- LITE2Y15 Medieval Writing
- LITE3Y66 Revenge Tragedy: Ancient and Modern
- Convenor and tutor on the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures, 1381-1688
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Peer reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan, Longman and Blackwell
- Early Modern Literary Studies and Early Theatre Journals
- External examiner for the English department at University of Wales, Lampeter, 2007-present
- Peer reviewer for publishers Palgrave Macmillan, Hodder, Longman and Blackwell, and journals Early Modern Literary Studies and Early Theatre
- Interviewed for commentary articles upon contemporary popular literature (including works by J.K. Rowling and Sebastian Faulks) in the local press, 2007 - present
- Several appearances on BBC Radio Norfolk speaking about issues broadly related to Medieval and Renaissance studies, 2007 - present
- Presented public lectures on medieval architecture at St. Mary's Church, Swardeston, November 2007
- Presented research papers on Roger Ascham's archery treatise Toxophilus in Feb/March 2007 at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Durham and University of Essex
- Presented conference papers at Sheffield Hallam University (2008), the University of Durham (2007), the University of Essex (2007), the University of Toronto (2006), University College Cork (2005), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004)
- Published over 45 book reviews of titles on Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture (including Shakespeare) in The Times Literary Supplement, Sixteenth Century Journal, Review of English Studies, Renaissance Journal, Early Modern Literary Studies, Medium Ævum, Notes and Queries, SHARP Newsletter, The Spenser Newsletter (now The Spenser Review), and The Sidney Journal
Course Director - MA in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures 1381-1688
Research Director for the School of Literature and Creative Writing
- Administrative Posts/Responsibilities in LIT
- Director of Employability, Autumn 2007
- Course Director, Q300 English Literature 2005/7
- Director of Teaching Quality 2004/7
- Plagiarism Officer 2005/6
- Internal Examiner 2004/7
- Member of Promotions Committee 2004/present
- Student advisor for 30 undergraduates 2004/present
- Director of Teaching, LIT, 2008/9