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


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


Stage One Literature; Introduction to Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature; 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 Inspirational Teaching Award. 


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

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R1135ENG: Connected Communities

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Project: Research

Research Output

'Henry V' after the War on Terror

Wray, R., 2019, In : Shakespeare Survey. 72, 15 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)

    The Comedies on Screen

    Wray, R., 29 Mar 2019, (Accepted) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Screen . Jackson, R. (ed.). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Memory, Materiality and Maternity in the Tanfield/Cary Archive

    Wray, R., 23 Jan 2018, A History of Early Modern Women's Writing . Phillippy, P. (ed.). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, p. 221-240 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Memory Studies: Special Issue: Memory and Community in Early Modern England

    Chedgzoy, K. (ed.), Graham, E. (ed.), Wray, R. (ed.) & Hodgkin, K. (ed.), 23 Jan 2018, 1 ed. London and Los Angeles: Sage. 128 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

    Researching Memory in Early Modern Studies

    Chedgzoy, K., Graham, E., Hodgkin, K. & Wray, R., 01 Jan 2018, In : Memory Studies . 11, 1, p. 5-20 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    669 Downloads (Pure)


    Belfast Ambassador Award, 2017

    Wray, Ramona (Recipient), 16 Nov 2017

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship

    Wray, Ramona (Recipient), 01 May 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Nominee, National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

    Wray, Ramona (Recipient), 14 Jun 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Teaching Award, Queen's University Belfast

    Wray, Ramona (Recipient), 15 Jun 2006

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Society for Renaissance Studies Ninth Biennial Conference, University of East Anglia

    Ramona Wray (Speaker)

    08 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    British Shakespeare Association Conference, Surrey

    Ramona Wray (Chair), & Susanne Greenhalgh (Chair)

    16 Jul 202019 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Peer reviewer, Nordic Journal of English Studies (Journal)

    Ramona Wray (Peer reviewer)

    25 Feb 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    In and Out of the Closet: New Perspectives on Closet Drama, University of Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle

    Ramona Wray (Invited speaker)

    27 Nov 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    External Examiner, PhD, Lancaster University

    Ramona Wray (Examiner)

    May 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination


    Colour in Early Modern English Literature and Culture

    Author: Bingham, S. L., Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Wray, R. (Supervisor) & Lamb, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy