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I am a literary historian and critic interested in early modern drama, particularly Fletcher, Marlowe, and Shakespeare. My primary research focusses upon two interrelated strands: the representation of mass and sexual violence on the early modern stage; and the performance and cultural reception of Shakespeare during and after acts of atrocity.
My most recent and forthcoming publications explore the intersection between rape and massacre on the early modern stage, the relationship between on and off-stage violence, domesticity in early modern contemporary history plays, and warfare in Fletcherian drama.
I am currently completing my first monograph: Massacre in Early Modern Drama. This multidisciplinary study examines the web of meanings constructed by and around the language and action of massacre on the early modern stage. It challenges the supposed senselessness of this form of violence and illuminates forms of massacre not immediately obvious to us today, offering new readings of canonical and critically neglected plays. In doing so, the monograph attests to the vibrant and diverse stage representation of massacre and demonstrates its pervasion in a range of rhetorical, political, and martial arena. The book is under contract with Manchester University Press and is scheduled to appear in the Revels Plays Companion Library Series.
My next project – Shakespeare and Atrocity – will provide the first sustained examination of the intersections between Shakespeare’s plays and atrocities from the Holocaust to 9/11. Juxtaposing global atrocities with a range of media – including stage and literary adaptations, political writings, educational texts, and film – the project will generate new interpretations of the use of Shakespeare to parse, enable, and recover from era-defining violence.
I currently teach on the following modules
- Shakespeare and Co
- Shakespeare on Screen
- Bloody Bodies: Violence in Early Modern Drama
I currently supervise MA and UG dissertations and am tertiary supervisor on a PhD project examining aging women on the early modern stage.
Nominated for an Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Birmingham (2019); Seed Funding, British Academy in support of the ‘Mind-Body-Violence’ US-UK Collaboration (2018); British Academy, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, US-UK Early Career Research Collaboration Workshop (2018); Fellowship, ‘Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe’, Charles University, Prague (2014).
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