Professor Anthony Johnson

Subject: English Language and Literature

Department/institution: Abo Akademi University, Finland 

Contact details: anthony.johnson.abo.fi

From August 2019 - January 2020


Research Interests:

Elected to the Societas Scientiarum Fennica in 2015, Anthony W. Johnson is J.O.E. Donner Professor of English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi, Finland, specialising in Early Modern Literature and the Renaissance Interarts, textual editing, and Cultural Imagology. Tertiary degrees up to his 1987 DPhil Angles, Squares, or Roundes: Studies in Ben Jonson’s Vitruvianism (2 vols) – are all from Oxford. Among his publications are Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture (OUP, 1994), Three Volumes Annotated by Inigo Jones (Åbo, 1997), The Country Captain, by William Cavendish, Earl of Newcastle (OUP: 1999); as well as essay collections such as Community-Making in Early Stuart Theatres: Stage and Audience, ed. with Roger D. Sell and Helen Wilcox (Routledge, 2017), and Religion and Writing in England 1558-1689: Studies in Community-Making and Cultural Memory, ed. with Roger D. Sell (Ashgate, 2009). Emergent editions include The ‘Fasti Cantuarienses’ of John Boys [1670]: A Seventeenth-Century Poetic Guide to the History of Canterbury Cathedral (Lit Verlag); and (with Paul Sullivan and Jyri Vaahtera), Five Restoration Plays from The King’s School, Canterbury (Eyecorner Press).

In addition to his current duties as President of the Nordic Irish Studies Network, Board Member of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, and Task-Force Member in Social Sciences and Humanities within the COIMBRA group, Anthony has served as Chair of the Nordic Association of English Studies (2010-16), and the Finnish Society for the Study of English (2008-10): continuing on the Board of both organisations. He has also acted as PI for two International Projects - Ritual, Liturgy and Magic in Early Modern Music Theatre’ (NOS-H, 1999-2001); and the Digital Orationes initiative (FA, 2011-15). An advisory member of a number of journals, he is on the Editorial Board for the OUP edition of James Shirley’s Complete Works.

At Clare Hall, Anthony is preparing an edition of James Shirley’s tragedy, Love’s Cruelty (publ. 1640), for the Complete Works.