The thread linking my various projects is a unifying interest in afterlives, adaptations, and remediations of early modern and other classical drama. Under that umbrella, my work is best described as inter- and multi-disciplinary, with links to theatre, drama, and performance, English literature, (digital) cultural studies, fan and fiction studies, feminist and gender studies, and theatre history and historiography.
Currently, I am streamlining my research agenda behind the Measure (Still) for Measure project, which has two related strands:
PRACTICE as RESEARCH – Measure (Still) for Measure
Long-term, impact-focused project adapting Shakespeare & Middleton’s Measure for Measure to facilitate discussions about rape culture and instigate cultural and policy changes in educational institutions.
Currently in the process of applying for Knowledge Exchange Funding through University of Bristol to extend the project’s reach and begin development of a toolkit for publication. This is a major component of the project’s impact agenda.
Completed 2017 pilot phase as an artist-in-residence with the Advanced Acting class at Nichols School (NY)
Awarded a space for Research & Development in 2016 by the Bike Shed Theatre & Exeter City Council.
International collaboration with partners in the UK, India, Ireland, Canada, France, and the United States
Outputs to date include an article in PARtake and an episode of Howlround’s Theater History Podcast (see ‘Publications’), as well as a number of invited talks and workshops.
MONOGRAPH –Canonical Misogyny: Dramaturgies of Sexual Violence in Early Modern Performance (Edinburgh UP)
Addresses a persistent and pressing problem in contemporary theatre: how to stage sexual violence without either trivialising or sensationalising it?
Proposes that looking specifically at dramaturgy helps to describe and counteract the problems that can occur when theatres attempt to ameliorate the essential violence of canonical plays such as Shakespeare’s.
Updates and expands upon previous work in this area, incorporating relevant research from outside Shakespeare and early modern studies in fields such as philosophy and sociology.
Focuses on contemporary theatre as a site of meaning-making, departing from most recent studies of violence against women in early modern drama, which tend to be historical and/or text-based in their focus. This means that I think about how particular production choices make meaning in a contemporary theatre setting, rather than how the text works on the page or how Shakespeare’s original theatres might have approached the work.
Includes critical-reflective chapters that speak directly to the practice-as-research process underpinning the book and the embodied nature of research on sexual violence.