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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Smith, Emma

Position: Professor of Shakespeare Studies; Tutorial Fellow, Hertford College
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. Much of my recent work has been about the reception of Shakespeare and about the scholarly and cultural investments in Shakespearean criticism (including my own). 

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. 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:

  • intro., Women on the Early Modern Stage (Bloomsbury, 2014) 

  • with Tamara Atkin, ‘The Form and Function of Character lists in Plays Printed before the Closing of the Theatres', forthcoming in Review of English Studies and available online now

  • Genres: Cinematic and Early Modern’, Shakespeare Bulletin (March 2014)

  • '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)

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

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

  • '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)


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