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Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin


Bradley Irish studies the literature and culture of sixteenth-century England, with a particular focus on the history of emotion.  His current project -- tenativelty titled Powerful Feelings: Emotion and Literature in the Tudor Court -- draws upon 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.


"Friendship and Frustration: Counter-Affect in the Sidney-Languet Letters," Texas Studies in Language and Literature [Forthcoming].

"The Sidneys and Foreign Affairs, 1575-78: An Unpublished Letter of Sir Henry Sidney," English Literary Renaissance [Forthcoming].

"The Literary Afterlife of the Essex Circle: Fulke GReville, Tacitus, and BL Additional MS 18638," Modern Philology 111 [Forthcoming].

“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) [Forthcoming].

"‘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 (Ashgate: 2013) [Forthcoming].

"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.


Research Interests

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.


Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 421 Studies in Shakespeare
ENG 632 Adv Studies Med/Ren Lit/Cultur

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 321 Shakespeare

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 221 Survey of English Literature
ENG 422 Special Topics in Shakespeare

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 418 Renaissance Literature
ENG 421 Studies in Shakespeare