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Mark Thornton Burnett is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the author of Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007; 2nd ed. 2012) and Shakespeare and World Cinema (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) and co-author of Great Shakespeareans: Welles, Kurosawa, Kozintsev, Zeffirelli (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Currently he is writing a study of Hamlet and world cinema (Cambridge University Press) and directing the EC/Marie Curie project, ‘Shakespeare and Indian Cinematic Traditions’.

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  • Global Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Shakespeare and Film
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  • In 2016, Burnett co-ordinated the cultural initiative, Shakespeare Lives Across the Island, working with The British Council and other
    partners on some one hundred cultural events in NI/Ireland commemorating the birth of Shakespeare.
    The initiative was accompanied by an exhibition, Shakespeare Lives Through Kenneth Branagh on Stage
    and Screen, which has toured Hong Kong and numerous community venues and educational institutions.


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Arts, English And Languages


Research students

PhD title: Post-Shoah Shylocks

Name: Cynthia Martin
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: USA


PhD title: Argentine Shakespearean Performances from 1976-present: Oppression and Opposition

Name: Marianne Hewitt
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: United Kingdom



Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Matthew Williamson

PhD title: Poverty and Hunger on the Renaissance Stage

Years of Study: 2014 - 2017
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Senior Lecturer, University of Oslo

Dr Samantha Lin

PhD title: Shakespeare and the Soundtrack

Years of Study: 2014 - 2017
Country: Australia
Current position: Founder, The Shakespeare Academy

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