Dr Toria Johnson

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Department of English Literature
Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Contact details

Address
Arts Building, Room 135
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I teach across the late medieval, early modern, and Restoration periods. My research focuses on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, early modern subjectivity, and the history of emotions.

Qualifications

  • BA in Philosophy and French Literature, Colgate University  (2006)
  • MA in English Literature, Washington State University (2009)
  • PhD in English, University of St Andrews (2013)

Biography

I came to Birmingham in 2016, and was previously a Teaching Fellow in Renaissance Literature at the University of St Andrews.

Teaching

In 2017-2018, I teach on the following undergraduate modules: Shakespeare’s Sisters (co-convenor); Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (convenor); Songs and Sonnets; and Shakespeare (Jacobean). I contribute lectures to all of these modules, as well as Plays and Performance. 

 

Research

My areas of expertise include drama, early modern culture, the history of emotions, and the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. My research interrogates the impact of the Reformation on early modern English emotional culture, with a specific focus on the role of pity and compassion in defining English understandings of subjectivity and ‘social’ emotion. I have contributed essays to Compassion in Early Modern Europe 1500-1700, and Shakespeare and Emotion (both forthcoming). I am the co-editor (with Rachel E. Holmes, CRASSH/Cambridge) of a Special Issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies entitled ‘In Pursuit of Truth: Law and Emotion in Early Modern Europe’ (forthcoming January 2018). I am also currently working on my first monograph, entitled ‘Piteous Overthrows’: Pity and Identity in Early Modern English Drama.

In 2017, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions 1100-1800 (University of Adelaide node).

Other activities

I co-convene the Postgraduate Doctoral Seminar for PhD students in EDACS at Birmingham, sit on the Extenuating Circumstances panel (EDACS), and I am the EDACS representative on the Bank of Educational Excellence project. I also co-organise the Stratford Residential. 

Publications

  • ‘Twitter for Shakespeare,’ in Teaching Literature with Digital Technology, ed. by Timothy Hetland (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, July 2016).
  • ‘To feel what wretches feel’: Reformation and the Re-naming of English Compassion”, in Compassion in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Katherine Ibbett and Kristine Steenbergh (forthcoming)
  • 'The Sinewes of Truth”: Binding Law and Emotion in Thomas Tomkis’s Lingua’, Forum for Modern Language Studies (OUP: forthcoming January 2018)
  • ‘Introduction: Truth, Law, and Emotion in Early Modern Europe’, Forum for Modern Language Studies (OUP: forthcoming 2018).
  • ‘Fear’, in Shakespeare and Emotion, ed. by Katharine Craik (contracted Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • ‘Caliban at the Fair: Compassionate Correction in The Tempest and Bartholomew Fair’ [in preparation].