School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Kate De Rycker

Lecturer in Renaissance Literature


I am a lecturer in Renaissance literature, and specialise in literary culture and print authorship. I am also  the PG Senior Tutor.

I grew up in Belgium and Wales, before studying English Literature at Oxford. This was followed by an MA in 'Shakespeare Studies' at KCL and Shakespeare's Globe. I completed a PhD on the English reception of the controversial Italian writer Pietro Aretino as part of an EU funded programme at the University of Kent and the Universidade do Porto. I joined Newcastle University in 2015 as a research associate on The Thomas Nashe Project before becoming a lecturer here in 2018.


Research interests: 

My research explores the literary culture of freelance writers in the early modern period. I am especially interested in the way writers like Pietro Aretino and Thomas Nashe move between stable and precarious careers, between legitimacy and errancy, and between and within urban spaces.

Current projects: Thomas Nashe,  influential prose stylist of the Elizabethan period

As part of an AHRC funded project initiated by Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), I am currently editing Thomas Nashe’s essay on dream interpretation, The Terrors of the Night, which I adapted for performance as part of the ‘Read not Dead’ series at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2017. This project will result in a six volume New Critical Edition of Thomas Nashe (Oxford University Press, c.2022) for which I will also be writing introductory essays on print culture and Nashe's 'lost' plays, The Isle of Dogs (co-written with Ben Jonson) and the university play, Terminus et Non-Terminus. Together with Hadfield and Richards, I am also the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Nashe (OUP, c.2023) which will bring together essays which uncover this little-known writer's considerable impact on Elizabethan literature.

I am also editing a special edition of Renaissance Studies (c.2021) with Will Rossiter (East Anglia) on 'Aretino's Cityscapes'  which seeks to underline Pietro Aretino' extensive cultural importance in the early modern period, and highlights his contributions to the development of a new metropolitan cultural identity. 

PhD supervision: 

I am currently co-supervising Emily Rowe's PhD on the materiality of language in early modern literature. 

I would welcome prospective PhD and MLitt supervisees in my area of early modern studies, which could include: early modern print culture, authorship studies, the early modern cityscape, the wider entertainment industry. Authors might include Thomas Nashe, Pietro Aretino, Robert Greene, Thomas Dekker, Henry Chettle, Isabella Whitney, the anonymous Parnassus play poets, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe. 


For 2020-21 I will be teaching on: 

Semester one:

SEL3393: Shakespeare's Showbusiness (module convener). 

Semester two:

SEL1004: Introduction to Literary Studies 2 

SEL1023: Transformations 

SEL2201: Renaissance Bodies 


  • De Rycker K. Commodifying the author: The mediation of Aretino’s fame in the Harvey-Nashe pamphlet war. English Literary Renaissance 2019, 49(2), 145-171.
  • De-Rycker K. The political function of Elizabethan literary celebrity. Celebrity Studies 2017, 8(1), 157-161.
  • De-Rycker K. "A world of one's own": Margaret Cavendish and the science of self-fashioning. In: Jorge Bastos da Silva, Miguel Ramalhete Gomes, ed. A trade for Light: English Literature and the Disciplines of Knowledge, Early Modern to Eighteenth Century. Leiden: Brill, Rodopi, 2017, pp.76-93.
  • De Rycker K. Translating the Ragionamento: Reframing Pietro Aretino as the Castigator of Courtesans. Literature Compass 2015, 12(6), 299-309.
  • De Rycker K. The Italian Job: John Wolfe, Giacamo Castelvetro and printing Pietro Aretino. In: Kirwan, Richard; Mullins, Sophie, ed. Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2015, pp.240-256.
  • De Rycker K. 'The Terrors of the Night', in The New Critical Edition of Thomas Nashe (gen eds. Richards, R; Hadfield, A; Black, J; Shrank, C). 2022. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4. In Preparation.
  • De Rycker K, Hadfield A, Richards J, ed. The Oxford Handbook to Thomas Nashe . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023. In Preparation.
  • De Rycker K. 'Lost Plays' in The New Critical Edition of Thomas Nashe (gen. eds. Richards, J; Hadfield, A; Black, J; Shrank, C). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. In Preparation.
  • De Rycker K. 'Printing' in The New Critical Edition of Thomas Nashe (gen. eds. Richards, J; HAdfield, A; Black, J; Shrank, C). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. In Preparation.
  • De Rycker K, Rossiter W. 'Introduction: Aretino's Cityscapes'. Renaissance Studies 2021. In Preparation.
  • De Rycker K. ‘Staging the city: Aretino’s London peregrinations'. Renaissance Studies 2021. In Preparation.
  • De Rycker K. 'Thomas Nashe and the virtual community of English writers'. In: Preedy, C; Willie, R, ed. Thomas Nashe and Literary Performances: Writing Publics. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021. In Preparation.