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Philip Schwyzer

Professor in English, University of Exeter

Philip Schwyzer is a specialist in early modern English literature, with interests including William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, and the literature of personal and cultural memory. Much of his research happens on borders and boundaries, including those between the Middle Ages and the early modern period, between literature and archaeology, and between England and Wales. His books include Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III (2013), Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature (2007), and Literature, Nationalism, and Memory in Early Modern England and Wales (2004).

He is Principal Investigator on two major (and linked) research projects: the Leverhulme-Trust-funded Speaking with the Dead Project, and the ERC-funded Past in its Place Project. He is editing Michael Drayton’s great topographical and historical poem, Poly-Olbion, with Professor Andrew McRae, and is Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Poly-Olbion Project.


  • –present
    Professor in English, University of Exeter