My research interests lie in the field of early modern literature; in particular, theatre and performance culture and representations of childhood in the period.
My research focuses on early modern literature (including Shakespeare, Jonson, Marston, Chapman and Field), Renaissance performance cultures and theatre practices and childhood studies. I have received fellowships from the Australian Research Council, the Irish Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and the Huntington Library (USA) to pursue my work on these topics. I am currently writing a monograph, entitled Reading Children in Early Modern Culture, which examines the range of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century texts addressed to children alongside evidence of children’s reading practices. Early findings of this research have been published in Literature Compass (2010) and in The Child in British Literature, ed. Adrienne Gavin (2012).
This builds on my previous work on early modern children’s playing companies in Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre: The Children’s Playing Companies (1599-1613), published by Palgrave Macmillan’s Early Modern Literature in History Series in 2008. This book contends that the child player was a phenomenon at the centre of early modern theatrical culture and brings together Renaissance, theatre history and childhood studies in original ways to raise crucial questions about the role of the child and about categories of identity in the period. I have also published work on this topic in Ben Jonson Journal (2008) and The New Companion to Renaissance Literature and Culture (ed. Michael Hattaway, 2010).
I have developed my interest in early modern, specifically Shakespearean, performance cultures in essays on 1 Henry IV (2011) and ‘Shakespeare and the Renaissance Stage’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, ed. Mark Burnett, Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray (2012). I am currently developing a new project with Dr Kate Flaherty (ANU) and Assoc. Prof. Fiona Ritchie (McGill University) on Shakespeare and riot. Early findings of this research have been published in Australian Studies.
I have presented my research at national and international conferences, including, the Shakespeare Association of America annual conference and the Australia New Zealand Shakespeare Association in 2010. I have also given papers as an invited speaker at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature, Roehampton University (2008), the London Renaissance Seminar, Birkbeck College (2007), and the Centre for International Research in Childhood, University of Reading (2004). I have organised conferences on Renaissance spaces (Queen’s University Belfast, 2004) and on approaches to early modern performance (University College Dublin, 2007). I was a member of The Girl-The Woman Research Group supported by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (2013-2014).
I teach on the following modules:
ENG1001 English in Transition
ENG2050 Introduction to Renaissance Literature
ENG3181 Renaissance Performance, Gender, Space
ENG7363 Developing Research Specialisms
I am currently Disability Officer for the School.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Activity: External academic engagement › Research and Teaching at External Organisation
Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publications › Publication peer-review
Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities