Mark Burnett


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Global Shakespeare - Early Modern Literature and Culture - Shakespeare and Film

1986 …2021

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Research Interests



My interests include English Renaissance drama and culture, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Shakespeare on film, Shakespeare and modern popular culture, Irish studies and global Shakespeares, and I welcome applications from doctoral students in these and related areas.



Research Statement


Mark Thornton Burnett, FEA, MRIA, is Professor of Renaissance Studies and Director of the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive at Queen’s University Belfast.

He is the author of Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture: Authority and Obedience (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997), Constructing ‘Monsters’ in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002), Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007; 2nd ed. 2012), Shakespeare and World Cinema (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) and 'Hamlet' and World Cinema (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), the co-author of Great Shakespeareans: Welles, Kurosawa, Kozintsev, Zeffirelli (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), the editor of The Complete Plays of Christopher Marlowe (London: Dent, 1999) and The Complete Poems of Christopher Marlowe (London: Everyman, 2000), and the co-editor of New Essays on ‘Hamlet’ (New York: AMS Press, 1994), Shakespeare and Ireland: History, Politics, Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997), Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siècle (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000), Reconceiving the Renaissance: A Critical Reader (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), Filming and Performing Renaissance History (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011) and The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011).

His work has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the European Commission, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre and the Huntington Library. 

He is PI of the 'Indian Shakespeares' project at Queen's University Belfast and mentors the Leverhulme Early Career project, 'South Indian Shakespeares', with Dr Thea Buckley. He is also the editor of the book series, 'Shakespeare and Adaptation', published by Bloombury Academic. 




Member of the Royal Irish Academy; Fellow of the English Association; Trustee and Director of the British Shakespeare Association. 





Adventures in the History of Ideas; Shakespeare & Co.; Further Adventures in Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Asia.




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