James Knowles specialises in early modern literature and culture (1500-1700) and has published widely on early modern drama especially Jonson, Marlowe, Marston, Middleton, and Shakespeare. He is an internationally recognised expert on the court masque and civic pageantry and has written on literary and cultural geographies, orientalism, patronage and collecting, manliness and sexuality, verse libel and manuscript culture. He also retains a wider interest in gender, sexualities, and book culture including modern and contemporary gay writing and queer theory.
Renaissance literature and culture, esp the court masque and civic pageantry, city comedy, revenge and political drama
Caroline and civil war writing
Literary and cultural geographies and orientalism, early modern Irish and Scottish cultures
Patronage and collecting, esp libraries
Manliness, sexualities and book culture including modern and contemporary gay writing and queer theory
Book and manuscript culture, verse libels and literary circulations, censorship, and textual editing