Research Area

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.

Doctoral Supervision

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.

Representative Publications

  • “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.