UCL English


Dr Lucy Razzall


Email: lucy.razzall@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3127
Internal phone: 33127
Office: Foster Court 205



Lucy Razzall

Education and Experience 

Lucy joined UCL in September 2018. She studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, for a BA degree in English, an MPhil in Renaissance Literature, and then her PhD, which was awarded in 2013. She subsequently held a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and then a Lectureship in Early Modern English Literature at Queen Mary University of London. She has also, since 2013, regularly lectured on Shakespeare for primary and secondary school English teachers attending enrichment courses organised by the Prince’s Teaching Institute.

Research Interests

Lucy’s research engages with the connections between literature and material culture, especially in the early modern period. She is interested in materiality, and how the material world shapes the ways we think. She has published on epigrams, emblems, title pages, and relics, amongst other things, and her first book is about the imaginative importance of one of the most familiar of all objects, the box, in early modern England. She is also interested in the material, social, and cultural histories of textiles.


Boxes and Books in Early Modern England (in preparation)


Articles and Chapters in Books

‘Words in a Nutshell: Miniaturising Text in Early Modern England’, Postscript: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds (forthcoming, 2018)

‘Reliquary’, in Boxes in Action: A Field Guide, ed. Susanne Bauer et al (forthcoming, Mattering Press, 2018)

‘Poetry and Materiality’, in The Oxford Handbook to Renaissance Poetry, ed. Jason Scott-Warren and Andrew Zurcher (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2019)

‘Small chests and jointed boxes: Material texts and the play of resemblance in early modern print’, Book 2.0, 7:1 (2017), 21-32

‘‘Curious statues so cunningly contrived’: Plato’s Silenus, Inwardness, and Inbetweenness’, The Inbetweenness of Things: Materializing Mediation and Movement Between Worlds, ed. Paul Basu (Bloomsbury, 2017), pp. 232-49

‘‘Like to a title leafe’: Face, Surface, and Material Text in Early Modern England’, Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 8 (2017), online

‘Non intus ut extra: The Emblematic Silenus in Early Modern Literature’, Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies, 22 (2016), 107-122

‘‘A good Booke is the pretious life-blood of a master-spirit’: Recollecting Relics in Post-Reformation English Writing’, Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 2 (2010), 93-110


Janet Clare, Shakespeare’s Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), Sharp News: The Quarterly Publication of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, 24.2 (2015), 11-12

Siobhan Collins, Bodies, Politics and Transformations: John Donne’s Metempsychosis (Ashgate, 2013), Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/ Early Modern Literature & Culture (online; August 2014)

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 2 November 2012-14 April 2013, Journal of the Northern Renaissance (online; February 2013)