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My research interests are in Renaissance drama, the effect of spectatorship upon identity, and the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. My PhD thesis considers the dialogue between self and self-conscious theatre, or metatheatre, on the Renaissance stage. It argues that self-conscious theatre functions to promote a dialogue between stage and spectator, self and onstage other, to convey ideas about identity. The thesis aims to bring metatheatre back into current critical debates about the form and function of theatre and intersubjective selfhood in the Renaissance. My interests cover a range of contemporary dialogues about relations between the self and other in terms of culture, class, morality, age, and gender.  


I studied for an MA (Hons) degree in English at the University of St Andrews from 2012 to 2016, where my dissertation on metatheatre and the performance of emotion in the age of Shakespeare was supervised by Dr Abigail Shinn. I then attendend Durham University for an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies from 2016 to 2017 with a dissertation on the influence of audiences in Renaissance theatre, supervised by Dr Patrick Gray. In 2017, I joined Queen's University for a PhD in English on the dialogue between the self and self-conscious theatre on the Renaissance stage, supervised by Dr Edel Lamb (QUB), Prof Richard Schoch (QUB), and Dr Patrick Gray (DU).


Email: larnott01@qub.ac.uk
Twitter: @Lillie_Arnott


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