Dissertation Topic: Shakespeare and discourses of relevance: Education, Policy, Text, and Performance
I have a BA and MA in English Studies from the University of Nottingham, where I came to focus my interests upon Shakespeare, literary history and adaptation, and sociolinguistics. Both my dissertations concerned applying techniques used in sociolinguistics to analyse gender identities across adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew, respectively.
My current research is an investigation into how Shakespeare is talked about as being 'relevant' by individuals and institutions. 'Relevant' is a highly ideologically loaded term that, I argue, is misunderstood and misused (sometimes deliberately) due to lack of theorisation around it. I am using a methodology derived from Critical Discourse Analysis to assess the ideological motivations behind and implications of such discourse across a variety of fields. I aim to theorize new ways of talking about and 'making' Shakespeare relevant on stage and screen and in the classroom, providing analysis of performances staged during the timespan of my research utilising this new and informed way of thinking.
This research is funded by the Midlands Four Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Peter Kirwan and Jeremy Bloomfield (The University of Nottingham) and Stuart Hampton-Reeves (The University of Warwick).
Shakespeare in text and on the stage and screen
Adaptation and popular culture
The history of the book and literary histories
Sociolinguistics, specifically the language and ideologies of identity construction
'"Peace! I will stop your mouth!": A feminist exploration of language and gender in adaptations and appropriations of Much Ado About Nothing', The English Showcase, Wednesday 10 April 2019, The University of Nottingham
'A sociolinguistic analysis of homosocial relations in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew', The Twenty First Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, Friday 7 June 2019, The Shakespeare Institute