As well as lecturing on the undergraduate Shakespeare course at the University of Birmingham, I have taught extensively on University College London’s MA in English: Shakespeare in History course, covering subjects as diverse as the politics of religious contention in the Henry IVplays; race and colonialism in Othello; witchcraft and superstition in Macbeth; the problem plays; using art-historical resources; and critical and theoretical approaches to Shakespeare. I was a long-standing lecturer and seminar leader on UCL’s undergraduate Shakespeare course, teaching a range of works and subjects, as well as a module of my own design called ‘Shakespeare’s Bodies on the Edge’, which looked at Shakespeare’s treatment of such themes as sexuality, cross-dressing and charivari; torture, anatomy and dissection; death and memory; and mapping the colonial body. In addition, I provided a survey of all major critical approaches to Shakespeare, including neoclassicism, character criticism, new criticism, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism, new historicism, feminism and race studies. During my year at Goldsmith’s College (University of London) I commandeered an ambitious undergraduate Shakespeare course which covered almost the entire canon of his works.
For the undergraduate Renaissance course at University College London, some of the works I taught included revenge tragedies (Thomas Kyd and Thomas Middleton); city comedies (Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton); Elizabethan prose fiction (John Lyly and Thomas Nashe); metaphysical poetry (John Donne); Marlowe’s plays; Milton’s poetry and political writings; and a full module on Ben Jonson, covering a selection of plays, court masques, the poetry, and the Discoveries.
I have taught widely across the full spectrum of English literary history, from Chaucer to the present day, on the first-year undergraduate English course at UCL, offering classes on the ‘Intellectual and Cultural Sources’, ‘Narrative Texts’, and ‘Criticism’ modules. I also have extensive experience of one-to-one tutorial teaching, offering detailed feedback on students’ essays and dissertations at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.
I particularly enjoy teaching in interactive learning environments, having previously collaborated with the UCL Art Museum in a series of seminars called ‘Shakespeare in Art’, curating my own mini-exhibition of Shakespeare-inspired prints and etchings. I also converted the museum into an ‘anatomy theatre’, showcasing large dissection plates and anatomical sculptures, for a graduate session on ‘Anatomy in Shakespeare’. In addition to this, I organised a tour of the Warburg Institute’s collections for MA Shakespeare students, and taught a session on ‘Cultures of Collecting’ in the inspirational setting of the Grant Museum of Zoology, London, surrounded by natural-historical specimens and fossils.