I am currently Head of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.
BA (Oxford), PhD (Liverpool)
I contribute to a wide range of undergraduate modules, including stage 1 modules introducing students to literary history and theory. In 2009-10, I taught stage 2 and 3 modules on Shakespeare and Childhood and Women's Writing. In 2010-11, I am teaching on The Atlantic Renaissance and Writing New Worlds.
I contribute to research training modules, and teach on Republicanism and Memory, and Memory, History and Trauma in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Writing.
My research engages with three areas which may look quite distinct, but constantly prove to be interrelated in often surprising and mutually enriching ways: Renaissance drama, particularly Shakespeare; early modern women's writing; and children's literature. I approach all three areas from a theoretically-engaged feminist perspective.
Within these broad fields, I have particular interests in the culture of literary production in the early modern Atlantic world; in the relations between literature and memory; and in life-writing.
My current research project brings together my critical, historical and theoretical interests in children and childhood with the expertise I've gained from working on early modern women's manuscript writings to investigate MS writings by children as a source for both literary history and the history of childhood. 'Renaissance Childhood: A Literary History' aims to establish, analyse, and make visible the corpus of early modern juvenilia; and to investigate how children’s authorship emerged from a matrix of cultural materials and influences. My goal is to reimagine the Renaissance, and construct a new literary history of it, from the point of view of children
I am planning a project on how Shakespeare is adapted for performance by and for children.
I currently supervise research students working on Shakespeare, and Renaissance drama more broadly; early modern women's writing; the relations between memory and writing; and children's literature. I welcome inquiries from potential students interested in working in any of these areas.
I am a member of the editorial team of the journal Feminist Theory, which is based here at Newcastle.