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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Palfrey, Simon

Position: Professor of English Literature; Tutorial Fellow, Brasenose College
College: Brasenose
Period/Subject: Early Modern

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Research Interests:

Shakespeare (language, writing in parts, actors, metaphysics, politics), Spenser, Renaissance drama; dramatic phenomenology; Kierkegaard; literary-critical creativity. 

Teaching Areas:

I tutor undergraduates in the period courses from 1550-1830 (plus Shakespeare), and contribute courses on Shakespeare and creative thinking to the 1550-1700 MSt.

Recent Publications:

The Connell Guide to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Connell Guides, 2012)
Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words (Oxford University Press, 1997; paperback, 2000)
Doing Shakespeare (Arden, 2004)
Shakespeare in Parts ( Oxford University Press, 2007), with Tiffany Stern, winner of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society's David Bevington Prize for best new book.

Romeo and Juliet (Short Books, 2010)

I have recently completed a full-length novel, *Dunsinane*, written in collaboration with Ewan Fernie.

Selected Shorter works
'Formactions', in Henry Turner, Early Modern Theatricality (Oxford University Press, 2013)
‘Umbilica', The Reader, 2001
‘Macbeth and Kierkegaard', Shakespeare Survey , 2004
‘What does the cued part cue?', in Barbara Hodgdon and W.B. Worthen, A Companion to Shakespeare and Performance (Blackwell, 2005), with Tiffany Stern
‘The Rape of Marina ', Shakespeare International Yearbook , 2007

*Reading Shakespeare*, Shakespeare Encyclopedia, ed Patricia Parker 2010

*Middleton's Presence*, Middleton in Context, ed Suzanne Gossett 2010 

As General Editor (with Ewan Fernie) of Shakespeare Now! Series (Continuum Press, London and New York):

Douglas Bruster, To Be or Not To Be
Philip Davis, Shakespeare Thinking
Lukas Erne, Shakespeare's Modern Collaborators
Eric Mallin, Godless Shakespeare
Amy Scott-Douglass, Shakespeare Inside; the Bard behind Bars
Henry Turner, Shakespeare's Double Helix
Michael Witmore, Shakespearean Metaphysics

Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean

Other Information:

I grew up in Australia, mainly in Tasmania, on the less fashionable side of Hobart 's Derwent River. I went to Clarence High School and Rosny Matriculation College, before getting a National Undergraduate Scholarship to the Australian National University. I then came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where I wrote my doctorate Forward and Backward Voices: Political Indecorum in Shakespeare's Late Romances. In 1994 I returned to Australia and (among various things) taught the History of Ideas at Trinity College , University of Melbourne. In 1999 I took up a post at the University of Liverpool, where I stayed for six years. I am writing a book called *Possible Worlds*, which explores new models for understanding early modern drama; and I am co-leader of the AHRC-funded *Faerie Queen Now!* project, in which we take Spenser's poem into various social spaces (schools, churches, theatres), test its possibilites in today's world, and remake it in the form of stories, theatre, liturgy, and film.

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