Lorna Hutson

Merton Professor of English Literature; Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies; Honorary Fellow

Professor Lorna Hutson (1976, DPhil English) is Merton Professor of English.

Professor Hutson’s work focuses on the interrelations between early modern Enlish literary form and other forms of cultural practice, including economics, law, and national conception. Her monograph The Invention of Suspicion won the Roland Bainton Prize in 2008, and The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700 won the Bainton Reference Prize in 2018. Her current project – England’s Insular Imagining – studies how early modern literature spanning multiple genres contributed to the conception of England as the whole island of Britain. In 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.


  • ‘Debt and Doorways in Renaissance Comedy’
    January 2021
    Early Modern Debts 1550–1700


  • On the knees of the body politic’
    October 2020
    Journal article

  • ‘Rhetoric and Law’
    November 2017

    Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies
  • ‘Introduction’
    August 2017
    The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature

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