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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Smith, Dr Emma

Job Title: CUF Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow
College: Hertford
Period/ Subject: Early Modern

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Research Interests:

My research combines a range of approaches to Shakespeare and early modern drama. I am currently working on the First Folio (1623), a project combining aspects of the history of the book, histories of reading, and the interpretation of Shakespeare on the page. My next project will be on the construction of character in printed drama. With Tamara Atkin at QMUL, I am working on the way cast lists in printed drama through the sixteenth and seventeenth century can inform our understanding of the experience of seeing, as well as reading, plays. I am part of a team of scholars revising the Riverside Shakespeare under the general editorship of Douglas Bruster. I am also interested in drama in performance, in the methodology of writing about theatre, in reviewing and its rhetoric, and in developing analogies between cinema, film theory, and early modern performance. Charlotte Brewer and I are working on a pilot project on the Oxford English Dictionary and Shakespeare, which we hope will develop into a website and associated publications on the issue of Shakespeare’s linguistic creativity and how it has been recorded. Pedagogy is important to me and I continue to work on readerly editions of early modern texts and on books, articles and lectures which disseminate research to the widest possible audience.

Teaching Areas:

Introduction to Literary Studies
Paper 3 1550-1660

Recent Publications:

Thirty Great Myths About Shakespeare, co-authored with Laurie Maguire (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

'Was Shylock Jewish?', Shakespeare Quarterly (2013)

Christopher Marlowe in Context, co-edited with Emily C. Bartels (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England co-edited with Andy Kesson (Ashgate, 2013)

Macbeth: Language and Writing (Arden, 2013)

'Richard II's Yorkist Editors', in Shakespeare Survey vol 63, ed. Peter Holland (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

'Performing Relevance/Relevant Performances: Shakespeare, Jonson, Hitchcock', in New Directions for Renaissance Drama and Performance Studies, ed. Sarah Werner (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

'"To Buy or Not to Buy": Hamlet and Consumer Culture', Shakespeare Studies 39 (2011)


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