Ramona Wray


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Early Modern Women’s Writing
- Shakespeare
- Adaptation
- Memory Studies

1997 …2023

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My interests include Shakespeare, early modern drama, editing, women’s writing and drama, adaptation, film and memory studies, and I welcome applications from doctoral students in these areas.

Research Statement

Ramona Wray is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature.

She is the author of Women Writers of the Seventeenth Century (Plymouth: Northcote House, 2004), reissued by Liverpool University Press in 2018, and the co-author of Great Shakespeareans: Welles, Kurosawa, Kozintsev, Zeffirelli (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), issued in paperback in 2015.

She is the editor of the Arden Early Modern Drama edition of Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam (London and New York: Methuen Drama, 2012).

She is also the co-editor of and contributor to the following essay collections: 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) and The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011).

Her articles have appeared in such journals as Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Cahiers ElisabethainsCritical Survey, Early Theatre, European Spectator, Literature/Film Quarterly, Memory Studies, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey and Women’s Writing.

She was the Co-I of the AHRC Network project, ‘Memory and Community in Early Modern Britain’ (2012-2014), and is co-editor of one of the project’s outputs, a special issue of the journal, Memory Studies (2018).

She was PI of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 'A Literary Biography of Elizabeth Cary, Lady Tanfield (1585/6-1639)', and is currently PI of the EC/Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, 'Women's Epistolary Networks, 1600-1700: Ireland and Beyond'.


Stage One Literature; Shakespeare and Company; Shakespeare on Screen; MA in Literary Studies.

In 2016, she was nominated for the SU Prize for the most Inspiring / Motivating Teacher and the QUB Student Nominated Teaching Award. In 2018, she was again nominated for the SU Prize for the most Inspiring / Motivating Teacher. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Most Inspiring Teaching Award. She was awarded QUB Teaching awards in 2006 and 2020 respectively.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2001); Queen’s University Belfast Teaching Award (2006); Director and Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association (2009-2017); Belfast Ambassador Award (2017); Queen's University Belfast Sustained Excellence Teaching Award (2020).

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