Subject taught on this MA
Advanced Academic Abilities (Literature); The Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism (first half of the subject)
I received my PhD from the University of York (UK), where I wrote a thesis on Shakespearean tragedy as an AHRC doctoral student. My principal research interests are in early modern literature, particularly the area of Elizabethan-Jacobean drama, including Shakespeare. I have published articles on English Renaissance classicism and intertextuality; revenge, trauma, and the construction of identity; and war, rhetoric and nationhood. I’m currently working on the impact of emergent marketplace societies and cultures of consumerism on sixteenth-century notions of worth and evaluative practices.
I would welcome proposals from students interested in the literature of the English Renaissance, in particular those exploring its intersections with early modern history, religion or philosophy. I would also be interested to supervise projects that relate to the literary representation of money, finance and other symbolic economies of exchange in the early modern period or later.
- “Maiden Walls That War Hath Never Entered”: Rape and Post-Chivalric Military Culture in Shakespeare’s Henry V”, College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies 44.3 (2017): 404-35.
- “Anxious Householders: Theft and Anti-usury Discourse in Shakespeare’s Venetian Plays”, The Seventeenth Century 30.3 (2015): 285-300.
- “Vengeance is Yours: Reclaiming the Social Bond in The Spanish Tragedy and Titus Andronicus”, Atlantis 29.2 (2007): 59-74.
- “Seneca, What Seneca? The Chorus in The Spanish Tragedy”, Sederi 17 (2007): 5-26.