PhD title: The Politics of Privacy and the English Public Stage, 1575-1642
Supervisor: Dr Martin Wiggins
Hometown: Liverpool, UK
BA English Language and Literature (University of Liverpool)
MA English Renaissance and Romantic Literature (University of Liverpool)
I am currently teaching students on the Literary Aesthetics and Critical Practice modules at the University of Birmingham. Previously, I have taught Shakespeare at Birmingham, and have acted as a distance learning tutor on the MA module 'Shakespeare and Theatre' here at The Shakespeare Institute.
I have recently submitted my PhD, 'The Politics of Privacy and the English Public Stage, 1575-1642'. Below is an abstract:
This thesis examines the politics of privacy and the public drama of the English Renaissance commercial stage. It intervenes in the study of publics and the early modern public sphere, contending that a wider examination of the corpus of public drama in the English Renaissance can illuminate the politics of privacy as well as the nature of dramatic practice. The thesis is split into two parts. The first examines external evidence – the ways in which the language of privacy is applied to the commercial theatre – and contains a single chapter on the emergence of the so-called ‘private’, indoor playhouses. It is divided into three main sections that explore the Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline periods and a short epilogue which considers the period of theatre closure. The second part examines internal evidence: how the plays of the period configure political privacy. It falls into two chapters, each of which contemplates four different forms of movement across public/private boundaries. The second chapter addresses depictions of private people participating in public affairs; analysing representations of private passivity, active resistance, promotion, and favouritism. The third chapter investigates the reverse phenomenon – public people becoming private – and discusses portrayals of corruption, privation, surveillance, and withdrawal.
My research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
I contribute articles on early modern theatres for The Map of Early Modern London http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/
I regularly review modern productions of Renaissance drama for Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama. I also review books on early modern cultural, literary, and theatre history, for a variety of journals, including Cahiers Élisabéthains, Early Modern Literary Studies, and Journal of the Northern Renaissance.
I blog about early modern drama in the modern world at www.asidenotes.wordpress.com