Professor Brian Cummings

University of York
Professor Brian Cummings

Brian Cummings is Anniversary Professor at the University of York, in the Department of English and Related Literature. He received his BA and PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he became Fellow of Trinity College. Before moving to York he was Professor of English at the University of Sussex, where he co-founded the Centre for Early Modern Studies. Professor Cummings has held Visiting Fellowships in Toronto, Los Angeles, Munich, and Oxford; among a number of academic honours he has been invited to give the Shakespeare Birthday Lecture in Washington D.C. (2014), the Clarendon Lectures in Oxford (2012–13), and the British Academy Shakespeare Lecture (2012). From 2009–12 he held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, and in 2007 he was a British Academy Exchange Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, one of the oldest learned societies in the world.

His publications include:

  • The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662, edited by Brian Cummings (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Mortal Thoughts: Religion, Secularity & Identity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History, edited by Brian Cummings and James Simpson, Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture, edited by Brian Cummings and Freya Sierhuis (Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2013)

Please visit his departmental webpage for more information.