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Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance

Elizabeth Barry, BA (York), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford) – Associate Professor

English and French modernism, especially Beckett; modern British and Irish theatre; post-war French theatre; Anglo-Irish writing; language and literature; literary theory. She has published on subjects such as Beckett and religious language, Beckett and romanticism, the novelist Henry Green, and the treatment of Jean Genet in feminist theory. She has published a monograph on the uses of cliché in Beckett's work. She is also a member of the Modern and Contemporary Literature research group.

Teresa Grant, BA, PhD (Cambridge) - Associate Professor

Research interests in Medieval and Renaissance drama, especially issues surrounding staging, and in Renaissance literature and culture. Her current project is as General Editor (with Eugene Giddens and Barbara Ravelhofer) of the Oxford University Press 10 volume The Complete Works of James Shirley. She is writing a monograph for CUP based on her doctoral work about the uses of animals on the early modern stage. She is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group.

Tony Howard, BA (Warwick), MA (Toronto) – Professor

Shakespeare in performance; contemporary British drama; and Polish poetry and theatre. He is the author of Shakespeare: Cinema: Hamlet (1993) and edited the accompanying video comparing filmed versions of the play. Women as Hamlet (2007) includes studies of the shifting relationship of culture and gender in Britain, America, Weimar Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Poland and East Germany during the fall of Communism. In the long term he plans a book on Shakespeare and the mass media. He co-edited, with John Stokes, Acts of War (1996), which explores the representation of military conflict in postwar British stage and television drama. He is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group, the Translation, Theory and Practice research group, and the Modern and Contemporary Literature research group.

Paul Prescott, BA (Oxford), MA, PhD (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham) - Associate Professor

Research interests lie in Shakespeare and performance, theatre history, the theory and practice of arts criticism, and schools and undergraduate pedagogy. He is currently working on two monographs, both relating to the history and future of Shakespearean reviewing. Together with Peter J. Smith and Paul Edmondson, he has co-edited a special edition of the journal Shakespeare (Routledge) devoted to theatre reviewing in the UK and proceeding from a recent conference (Reviewing Shakespearean Theatre: The State of the Art; for information and podcasts click here). He is currently co-editing (with Janice Valls-Russell and Peter J. Smith) the fortieth anniversary edition of Cahiers Élisabéthains which will examine the practice of Shakespearean reviewing globally. He has articles or chapters forthcoming on Sam Wanamaker (25,000 words), on the dramaturgy of Shakespeare's endings, on the Shakespearean stagework of Rory Kinnear, and (with Nick Monk and Jonny Heron) on practical approaches to teaching Middleton Reviewing Shakespeare: Journalism and Performance from the Eighteenth Century to the Present will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group.

Stephen Purcell, BA, MA, PhD (Kent) - Assistant Professor

Research focuses on the performance of the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries on the modern stage and on screen. He is particularly interested in theories of the audience, space, popular culture, parody, adaptation, and comedy. Recent publications include The Shakespeare Handbooks: The White Devil (Palgrave, 2011) and ‘Shakespeare on Television’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts (eds Burnett, Streete, & Wray, Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Stephen directs for the theatre company The Pantaloons. He is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group.

Carol Chillington Rutter, MA, PhD (Michigan) - Professor

Renaissance theatre and performance, cultural representation, the social, political and economic location of theatre in culture, and the dialogue between performance and culture, both in a play’s original and its subsequent performance. She writes about Shakespeare and his contemporaries on his stage and on ours, and specifically about the representation of women’s roles - as in Clamorous Voices: Shakespeare’s Women Today (1988) and Enter the Body: Women and Representation on Shakespeare’s Stage and Documents of the Rose Playhouse (MUP, 1999), where her work is grounded in the intersecting critical discourses of feminism, cultural materialism, and performance studies. She also writes about film and poetry. Her selection of the poems of Tony Harrison, Tony Harrison: Permanently Bard (Bloodaxe 1995) won the Heinemann Award in 1996. She is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group.


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