Research in Renaissance studies, especially in relation to work on manuscripts, was highlighted as a particular strength in research in English Literature at the University of Huddersfield in REF 2014.

Staff specialisms include Shakespeare and his contemporaries, especially in regards to cultural issues surrounding esoteric knowledge, the intersections of drama with the natural world, and performance and space/place. Another strength is medieval and Renaissance women’s writing, and engagement with manuscript and material culture more broadly. The University of Huddersfield is host to The Anne Clifford Project (Prof Jessica L. Malay) and an emerging project on Renaissance texts and the natural world (Dr Todd Borlik).