School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Kate Chedgzoy

Professor of Renaissance Literature


Roles and Resposibilities

Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, HaSS Faculty

Director of the Research England/Office for Students funded project, #PGRWellbeing4All


BA (Oxford), PGCE (Liverpool), PhD (Liverpool)


Undergraduate Teaching

I contribute to a wide range of undergraduate modules. In 2018-19 I am module leader for SEL3100 Other Renaissances: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Early Modern Culture, and contribute lectures to SEL1023 Transformations and SEL2202 Writing New Worlds.

Postgraduate Teaching

None in 2018-19


Research Interests

My core interests are in the politics of gender and sexuality in relation to textual production, paying particular attention to their inflection by matters of race, nation and location, and to the ways in which cultural authority is articulated, exercised and contested through process of reading, writing and performance.

Having established my reputation as a Shakespeare scholar (Shakespeare’s Queer Children: Sexual Politics and Contemporary Culture, 1996), I have increasingly focused on women’s cultural production across a range of modes and genres, with a strong emphasis on bringing intersectional feminist methods and approaches into dialogue with historicised, and frequently archive-based scholarship (Women’s Writing in the British Atlantic World: Memory, Place and History, 1550-1700, 2007).

These methods and approaches have also been extended to the study of representations of childhood and textual production by children, attending initially to children's literature and more recently to writings by children and the history of childhood.

Other Expertise

I have particular interests in performances of gender and childhood; the relations between literature and memory; and life-writing.

Current Work

I am currently working on two projects:

Open Clasp, Open Archive: With my colleague Rosalind Haslett and Catrina McHugh MBE, Director of Newcastle-based theatre company Open Clasp (, I am developing a project to bring the company's archive into the University and explore its potential as a catalyst for research, teaching and engagement. 

Renaissance Childhoods: A body of essays that 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.

Postgraduate Supervision

PhDs recently completed under my supervision include a creative practice doctorate on contemporary women's/queer theatre-making, and one on female voice in Shakespeare's late plays. I am currently supervising a Masters by Research project exploring the intersections between emerging feminist discourses and the representation of sex work in the C18th. I welcome inquiries from potential students whose interests dovetail with any aspect of mine, as outlined above or evidenced by my publications list.