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Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow

Professor Willy Maley is a Fellow of the English Association (FEA). He has published widely on English Renaissance Literature, from Spenser to Milton, and on aspects of early modern and modern Scottish and Irish culture, from James Joyce to Alasdair Gray. He is the author of A Spenser Chronology (1994), Salvaging Spenser: Colonialism, Culture and Identity (1997), Nation, State and Empire in English Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare to Milton (2003), and Muriel Spark for Starters (2008). He is editor, with Andrew Hadfield, of A View of the Present State of Ireland: From the First Published Edition (1997). He has also edited eight collections of essays: with Brendan Bradshaw and Andrew Hadfield, Representing Ireland: Literature and the Origins of Conflict, 1534-1660 (1993); with Bart Moore-Gilbert and Gareth Stanton, Postcolonial Criticism (1997); with David J. Baker, British Identities and English Renaissance Literature (2002); with Andrew Murphy, Shakespeare and Scotland (2004); with Alex Benchimol, Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics from Shakespeare to Habermas (2006); with Philip Schwyzer, of Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly (Ashgate, 2010); with Michael Gardiner, The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark (2010); and with Margaret Tudeau-Clayton, This England, That Shakespeare: New Angles on Englishness and the Bard (2010).

Willy has published with Argyll Publishing, Ashgate, Barnes and Noble, Blackwell, the British Council, Cambridge Scholar’s Press, Cambridge University Press, Capercaillie Press, Clydeside Press, Continuum Press, Duquesne University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Fitzroy Dearborn, Four Courts Press, Freight Design, Greenwood Press, Longman, Manchester University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Peking University Press, Peter Lang, Prentice Hall, Rodopi, Routledge, St Martin’s Press, Sulis Press, Sunderland University Press, Universitätsverlag C. Winter Press, and University of Toronto Press. His work has appeared in fifty different journals and magazines, and has been translated into several languages, including Chinese and German.

Willy was co-founder with Philip Hobsbaum in 1995 of Glasgow’s prestigious Creative Writing postgraduate programme. He has supervised twenty PhD students to completion on a range of topics including film adaptation, travel writing, and contemporary fiction. Recent supervision includes four AHRC-funded students and a recipient of a Carnegie award, with subjects ranging from Alasdair Gray and Empire to the short stories of Stephen King.


  • –present
    Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow