School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Centre for the History of Emotions 1100-1800

The Centre for the History of Emotions 1100-1800

Since 2011 we have been associated with The Centre for the History of Emotions 1100-1800, based at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Peter Reynolds, Professor of Theatre Studies at Newcastle, is an international partner investigator. He has spent time in Perth researching early modern plays originally designed to be performed by boy actors.

In 2012, in partnership with Dr Shehzana Mamujee, he directed a production of Ben Jonson's 'Epicene, or The Silent Woman'. The cast was comprised of Australian boys aged from 10 to 17.

More recently, Reynolds began preparatory work, including a return trip to UWA, on another early modern boys' play, 'The Knight of the Burning Pestle'. This was for a performance by a company of contemporary Australian school students in 2014.

Kimberley Reynolds, Professor of Children's Literature at Newcastle, led the 2013 international symposium, 'Childhood, Death, and the Emotions 1500 - 1800'. It brought together speakers from Australian universities and, via Skype, scholars from the School of English at Newcastle.

In 2014 Matthew Grenby, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at Newcastle, took a visiting fellowship at the Centre.

Find out more on the Centre for the History of Emotions 1100-1800 website.