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Dr Paul Quinn

Senior Lecturer

Paul Quinn has been an Associate Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing since 2009.  He gained his DPhil from the University of Sussex and has taught at Sussex, Birkbeck College and Oxford.  He is currently working on a monograph on the subject of Anti-Catholicism and the Early Modern English Stage and is engaged on a research project investigating the culture of Early Modern Sussex.  This is a wide-ranging project which considers religious change in the county, the governance of Sussex from 1500 – 1700, economic activity in Sussex, the county’s location as a point of entry and escape, the literary culture of Sussex and strange tales from the Early Modern period.

Research Interests:

  • Early Modern theatre
  • Religious discourse in Medieval and Early Modern texts
  • English Anti-Catholicism from the medieval period to the present
  • Intra-Protestant debate
  • Early Modern Sussex
  • Textual reactions to The Gunpowder Plot
  • Detective Fiction

Teaching Interests:

  • Literary History (16th to 21st century)
  • Genre Poetry and Prose
  • English Language


  • Introduction and ‘A Martyr in East Sussex? Richard Woodman, the Sussex martyrs and Early Modern constructions of martyrdom’ in The Intellectual Life of Early Modern Sussex, eds Andrew Hadfield, Matthew Dimmock and Paul Quinn (Ashgate, 2014) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Anti-Catholicism, Islamophobia and Christian multi-media’ in From Far Right to  Mainstream: Islamophobia in party politics and the media (Campus Verlag, August 2012).
  • ‘A witty, learned persecutor?: The staged afterlife of Thomas More’, Moreana,  nos 181 - 2 (Dec 2010).
  • ‘John Rough’s Beard and Isaiah 50: 6’, Notes and Queries (Dec 2009).
  • Response to Peter Milward, Moreana, vol. 46, no. 176 (May 2009).
  • ‘“Thou shalt turn to ashes”: Shakespeare’s King John as Tudor martyrology’, Moreana, vol. 45, no. 175 (Dec. 2008).