School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Kate De Rycker

Lecturer in Renaissance Literature


I am a lecturer in Renaissance Literature, and specialise in European literary history, print and theatrical cultures, and comparative literature. I originally joined Newcastle University in 2015 as a research associate on the AHRC funded The Thomas Nashe Project before becoming a lecturer here in 2018. For more on my current research projects, please see the 'research' tab, or visit my personal website (link above).

I grew up in Belgium and Wales, where I went to a comprehensive school (Ysgol Tregib). I went on to study for a BA in English Language and Literature at Jesus College, Oxford, and a MA in 'Shakespeare Studies' which was taught jointly by King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. I completed a PhD on the English reception of the controversial Italian writer Pietro Aretino as part of an EU funded research programme (TEEME: 'Text and Event in Early Modern Europe') at both the University of Kent and the Universidade do Porto. 


Research interests: 

My research explores the growth of the 'entertainment industry' in the early modern period, i.e. the increasing availability of small, cheap pamphlets and printed ephemera in Venice, London, and Amsterdam; the beginning of permanent theatres in London; the associated labour and spaces interwoven with 'entertainment': costumes, cosmetics, engravings, prostitution and taverns. I am especially interested in the freelance or precariously employed people working in these entertainment industries, because they are on the one hand often members of marginalised groups such as foreigners and women, and on the other, university educated men who have taken a risk on careers as freelance writers and often reflect on their new social position in the paratexts or autobiographical texts they produce.   

For more on my current research, you can go to: 

Ongoing projects: 

Thomas Nashe: an influential prose stylist of the Elizabethan period

As part of an AHRC funded project initiated by Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), I am currently editing Thomas Nashe’s essay on dream interpretation, The Terrors of the Night, which I adapted for performance as part of the ‘Read not Dead’ series at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2017. This project will result in a six volume New Critical Edition of Thomas Nashe (Oxford University Press, c.2022) for which I will also be writing introductory essays on print culture and Nashe's 'lost' plays, The Isle of Dogs (co-written with Ben Jonson) and the university play, Terminus et Non-Terminus. Together with Hadfield and Richards, I am also the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Nashe (OUP, c.2022) which will bring together essays which uncover this little-known writer's considerable impact on Elizabethan literature.


For 2019-2020 I will be teaching on: 

Semester one:

SEL3393: Shakespeare's Showbusiness (module convener). The class website for this module ican be viewed at: 

Semester two:

SEL1004: Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (module convener)

SEL1023: Transformations

SEL2201: Renaissance Bodies