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Dr Hannah Lavery

Profile summary

Professional biography

I have been associated with the Open University since 2005 as an Associate Lecturer, before starting as Staff Tutor in 2008. I did my undergraduate degree at The University of Wales, Cardiff, before returning to my hometown of Sheffield to undertake postgraduate study. I received a distinction for my MA English Literature and took up a funded place for a PhD looking at Early Modern erotic poetry, which I completed in 2008.

Research interests

16c and 17c English and European literatures. Poetry (ancient to modern). Early modern erotic literature. Manuscripts and archives. Online pedagogies/ blended learning. Widening Participation.
Macdonald, Janet, Blended Learning and Online Tutoring: A Good Practice Guide, in RMMLA Review of Language and Literature Vol. 61, no. 2, (Fall, 2007), 138-143
Middleton, Peter, Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry, in RMMLA Review of Language and Literature, vol. 59, no. 2, (2005), 142-144
Turner, James Grantham, Schooling Sex: Libertine Literature and Erotic Education in Italy, France, and England 1534-1685, in RMMLA Review of Language and Literature, vol. 60, no. 2, (2006), 64-68
‘Exchange and Reciprocation in Nashe’s Choise of Valentines’, Appositions, <>, Vol. 1, (May, 2008).
‘Understanding Genre: Satirists on the Shakespearean Stage’, The English Review, Vol. 20 (Nov. 2009), 27-29
‘Social and political satire in the impotency poems of Rémy Belleau and Thomas Nashe’ in Early Modern Literary Studies (15.3, July 2011)
'The Development of the later Restoration impotency poems', Papers in Language and Literature (forthcoming)
'William Wycherley', The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789 (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming)
‘William Wycherley’s Impotency Poems and Social Satire’, under consideration

Teaching interests

Whilst working towards my PhD I also taught at three institutions (University of Sheffield, the OU, and Chesterfield College), and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at Sheffield. This allowed me to develop my research interest in online education, as sparked by my work at the OU. Since coming to the OU as staff tutor I have been developing my interest in Widening Participation.

Impact and engagement

External collaborations

Cheshire Women's Collaboration (Women’s Collaboration | Kate Blakemore): The 'Crewe Factory Girl' project (Autumn 2022)

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Renaissance and Early Modern Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts


The development of the later English Restoration impotency poems (2013-04)
Lavery, Hannah
Papers on Language and Literature, 49(2) (pp. 172-202)

From image to word: the making of Pietro Aretino's satire in I sonetti lussoriosi (c. 1527) (2013)
Lavery, Hannah
Genre, 33 (pp. 117-148)

Breaking down barriers with tablet technology for teaching (2012-07)
Lavery, Hannah
Educause Review Online

Social and political satire in the impotency poems of Rémy Belleau and Thomas Nashe (2011)
Lavery, Hannah
Early Modern Literary Studies, 15, Article 3(3)

The Impotency Poem from Ancient Latin to Restoration English Literature (2014-12-23)
Lavery, Hannah
ISBN : 978-1-4724-2202-6 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham