Bradley J. Irish studies the literature and culture of sixteenth-century England, with a particular focus on the history of emotion.  His first book — Emotion in the Tudor Court: Literature, History, and Early Modern Feeling — draws on literary analysis, archival research, and cross-disciplinary scholarship in the sciences and humanities to interrogate the socioliterary operation of emotion in the Tudor courtly sphere.

His research interests include: Tudor political and cultural history; emotions in early modern culture; Henrician literature and culture; Renaissance poetry, especially Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney, and Spenser; the Elizabethan courtier poets; Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare; the revenge tragedy tradition; the stoic tradition in Renaissance literature; early modern manuscript culture; paleography and archival research.



PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Other Publications


“The Varieties of Early Modern Envy and Jealousy: The Case of Obtrectation.” Modern Philology, 2019. [Forthcoming]

“’Something After’? Hamlet and Dread.” In Hamlet and Emotions. Ed. Paul Megna, Bríd Phillips, and R.S.  White. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 229-249.

“Fulke Greville the Courtier: Courting the Ghosts of Sidney and Essex.” In The Measure of the Mind: Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance. Ed. Russell J. Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 210-226.

“Historicism and Universals.” The Literary Universals Project. Ed. Patrick Colm Hogan. 2018. Online: https://literary-universals.uconn.edu/2016/09/20/literary-universals-and-historicism/

“Coriolanus and the Poetics of Disgust.” Shakespeare Survey 69 (2016): 198-215.

“Friendship and Frustration: Counter-Affect in the Letters of Philip Sidney and Hubert Languet.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 57 (2015): 412-32.

“The Sidneys and Foreign Affairs, 1575-1578: An Unpublished Letter of Sir Henry Sidney.” English Literary Renaissance 45 (2015): 90-119.

“The Literary Afterlife of the Essex Circle: Fulke Greville, Tacitus, and BL Additional MS 18638.” Modern Philology 112 (2014): 271-285.

“The Rivalrous Emotions in Surrey’s ‘So Crewell Prison.’” SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 53 (2014): 1-24.

“Writing Woodstock: The Prehistory of Richard II and Shakespeare’s Dramatic Method.” Renaissance Drama 41 (2013): 131-149.

“‘Not cardinal but king’: Thomas Wolsey and the Henrician Diplomatic Imagination.” In Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare. Ed. William T. Rossiter and Jason Powell. Burlington, VT: Ashgate: 2013. 85-99.

“Libels and the Essex Rising.” Notes and Queries 59.1 (2012): 87-89.

“Gender and Politics in the Henrician Court: The Douglas-Howard Lyrics in the Devonshire Manuscript (BL Add 17492).” Renaissance Quarterly 64.1 (2011): 79-114.

“Henry Howard, earl of Surrey.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. Ed. Garrett Sullivan and Alan Stewart. 3 vols. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011. 2.511-516.

“Vengeance, Variously: Revenge Before Kyd in Early English Drama.” Early Theatre 12.2 (2009): 117-134.

“The Secret Chamber and Other Suspect Places: Materiality, Space, and the Fall of Catherine Howard.” Early Modern Women 4 (2009): 169-175.

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