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Research Interests

Claude Fretz is Research Fellow in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, and Associate Fellow of the research and doctoral training centre 'European Dream-cultures' at Saarland University in Germany (traumkulturen.de). Claude works on the AHRC-funded project ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’, and is the author of Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare’s Genres, which is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan. Before coming to Queen’s, he was a Teaching Associate in early modern literature at the University of Birmingham. He completed his fully-funded PhD research on dreams and sleep in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute.

Teaching

Before joining Queen's as a Research Fellow, Claude taught widely across the early modern period in the University of Birmingham's English Department and at the Shakespeare Institute. He has also taught Victorian fiction, medieval literature, eighteenth-century poetry, and literary theory.

Achievements

Claude read English at Royal Holloway, where he graduated with first-class honours and was awarded the Gertrude Schryver Prize as well as various external scholarships. He then went on to study for the MA in ‘Shakespeare in History’ (awarded with distinction) at University College London, for which he was also awarded external graduate scholarships. His PhD research at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute was fully funded through a College of Arts and Law doctoral scholarship.

In 2018, Claude was awarded a Mercator Fellowship by Saarland University in recognition of his work on dreams and sleep.

Research Statement

Claude is working on the AHRC-funded international and cross-disciplinary project 'Performing Restoration Shakespeare'. This project brings together artists and scholars  to investigate how and why Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare succeeded in performance in their own time, and how and why they can succeed in performance today. The project's partners include the Globe, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Claude is also currently working on his first monograph, provisionally entitled Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare's Genres. This book will examine the dramatic functions of dreams and sleep in Shakespearean comedy, tragedy, and tragicomedy or romance. It will explore how Shakespeare systematically exploited early modern physiological, theological, and political understandings of dreams and sleep in order to help him reshape conventions of dramatic genre.

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Saarland Social Sciences
William Shakespeare Arts & Humanities
Tragedy Arts & Humanities
King Lear Arts & Humanities
Iulius Caesar Arts & Humanities
Richard III Arts & Humanities
Ghost Arts & Humanities
Hallucinations Arts & Humanities

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Selected Research Output 2014 2019

Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare's Genres

Fretz, C., 2019, (Accepted) Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

'Full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams': Dreams and Tragedy in Shakespeare’s Richard III

Fretz, C., Apr 2017, In : Cahiers Elisabethains. 92, 1, p. 32-49 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
William Shakespeare
Tragedy
Richard III
Human Agency
Uncertainty
Open Access
Tragedy
Iulius Caesar
King Lear
William Shakespeare
Ghost

Performing Restoration Shakespeare: Dr Claude Fretz (Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast) explains how Shakespeare’s plays found new life on the Restoration stage…

Fretz, C., 30 Jun 2017, Shakespeare's Globe Blog [http://blog.shakespearesglobe.com/].

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

How Restoration playwrights reshaped Shakespeare’s plays to fit changing political norms and theatrical tastes

Fretz, C., 05 Jun 2018, Shakespeare & Beyond.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Book Review: Deanna Smid, The Imagination in Early Modern English Literature (Leiden: Brill, 2017)

Fretz, C., 04 Apr 2018, In : Cahiers Elisabethains. 95, 1, p. 126-9 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File

Prizes

Mercator Fellowship

Claude Fretz (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Saarland

College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarship

Claude Fretz (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Gertrude Schryver Prize

Claude Fretz (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Scholarship for Doctoral Study

Claude Fretz (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Scholarship for MA English: Shakespeare in History

Claude Fretz (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Scholarship for MA English: Shakespeare in History

Claude Fretz (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Selected Activities 2017 2018

  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Literature and the Reading Public

Claude Fretz (Participant)
Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Graduate College 'European Dream-Cultures'

Claude Fretz (Participant)
Nov 2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Saarland University

Claude Fretz (Advisor)
Nov 2018Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Scholar-artist workshop on Davenant's Macbeth

Claude Fretz (Participant)
Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice

Claude Fretz (Participant)
02 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

File

British Shakespeare Association Conference, Belfast

Claude Fretz (Participant)
14 Jun 201817 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Public Workshop on Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare's Tempest held at the Globe Theatre in London

Richard Schoch (Organiser), Claude Fretz (Member of the organising committee)
10 Jul 201713 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Selected Press / Media

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Restoration Shakespeare Summer School

Claude Fretz (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact

Davenant's Macbeth at the Folger Theatre

Claude Fretz (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Economic Impact