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ePortfolio of Sophie Shorland

I am an early career fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick. My current project explores celebrity culture in Early Modern England.


My doctoral research project, funded by CADRE and supervised by Dr Stephen Purcell, project combines historical, literary and ethnographic techniques to map celebrity as a product of individual imagination, collectively mediated through gossip. From clowns to celebrity fighting cocks, the project finds connections across the many different facets of celebrity.

Selected Publications

''Womanhood and weakness': Elizabeth I, James I and the spectre of masculinity', Renaissance Studies, August 2019.

‘Possessed by Trauma: Infamous Narrative in Othello and A Yorkshire Traegdy’ (in publication; accepted).
Special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, forthcoming 2019

Introduction, Special Issue on Domestic Tragedy.
Special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, forthcoming 2019
I am also co-editing this peer-reviewed volume.

Selected Conference Papers

'Moll Cutpurse and the Celebrity Body' at Permeable Bodies in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture, UCL, London, October 2018.

'Uncontained Notoriety in Othello' at Othello's Island, CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 2017.

'Sacrifice on the Elizabethan Scaffold' at Prison/Exile:Controlled Spaces in Early Modern Europe, Ertegun House, University of Oxford, March 2017.

'Celebrity in the City' at The Street and the City: Awakenings, University of Lisbon, April 2016.

'Authority and Autobiography' at Poems, Emblems and the Unfortunate Florinda book launch, University of Warwick, June 2014.


I currently lecture on Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture. In the academic year 2018/19 I taught on the undergraduate module Epic into Novel, and in 2017/18 taught on Medieval to Renaissance English Literature.

Impact and Outreach


I worked for two years as a Postgraduate Mentor for Warwick's Realising Opportunities Programme, which aims to widen university participation for students with backgrounds that have formerly been under-represented in Higher Education.

I wasresponsible for seeing eight A-Level students through their independent research projects.

I have also devised lectures on Shakespeare's humour for A-level students visiting the University, and for PGCE students.

Participation and Experience

I have been one of the organisers of the English and Comparative Literary Studies' annual postgraduate symposium for two years in a row. Review the day last year via the twitter feed. I am currently organising the conference Performing Power in the Premodern World.


Sophie Shorland

s dot shorland at warwick dot ac dot uk