Dr Edel Lamb


Dr Lamb’s research focuses on early modern literature, Renaissance performance cultures, and childhood studies. Her book, Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre, offered a new understanding of early modern childhood through its focus on the child performer.

Her second book, Reading Children in Early Modern Culture, explores how textual cultures articulate alternative understandings of childhood. She is developing a collaborative project, Shakespeare and Riot, that examines Shakespeare as a battleground for cultural, social and national identity.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Early modern studies, particularly Shakespeare and Renaissance performance cultures
  • Age, childhood and gender in early modern literature and culture
  • Early modern literature (especially drama) and civil unrest, including protest, riot
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Research students

PhD title: Colour in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Name: Sarah Bingham
Years of Study: 2014 - present
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD title: Post-Shoah Shylocks: Adapting The Merchant of Venice for Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Audiences

Name: Cynthia Martin
Years of Study: 2015 - present
Country: USA



PhD title: Antiquity in Early Modern Women’s Drama: 1553-1663

Name: Xuege Wu
Years of Study: 2015 - present
Country: China


Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Matt Williamson

PhD title: Hunger, Appetite and the Politics of the Renaissance Stage

Years of Study: 2013 - 2016
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature, University of Oslo 


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