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Mark Burnett

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Research Interests

My interests include English Renaissance drama and culture, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Shakespeare on film, Shakespeare and modern popular culture, Irish studies and global Shakespeares, and I welcome applications from doctoral students in these and related areas.

Research Statement

Mark Thornton Burnett is Professor of Renaissance Studies and Director of the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the author of Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture: Authority and Obedience (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997), Constructing ‘Monsters’ in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002), Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007; 2nd ed. 2012) and Shakespeare and World Cinema (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), the co-author of Great Shakespeareans: Welles, Kurosawa, Kozintsev, Zeffirelli (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), the editor of The Complete Plays of Christopher Marlowe (London: Dent, 1999) and The Complete Poems of Christopher Marlowe (London: Everyman, 2000), and the co-editor of New Essays on ‘Hamlet’ (New York: AMS Press, 1994), Shakespeare and Ireland: History, Politics, Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997), Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siècle (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000), Reconceiving the Renaissance: A Critical Reader (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), Filming and Performing Renaissance History (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011) and The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011). His work has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre and the Huntington Library.

Currently he is writing a study of Hamlet and world cinema for Cambridge University Press.

Achievements and Distinctions

Member of the Royal Irish Academy; Fellow of the English Association.


Stage One Literature; Introduction to Renaissance Literature; Shakespeare on Screen; Shakespeare and World Cinema.




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