Dr Robert Stagg

My current research interests are in literary form, ranging from prosody (rhyme, metre, rhythm) to verse structures (e.g. the sonnet). I am editing my my PhD thesis for publication as a book (provisionally titled Shakespeare's Verse) and have started work on a second book project about sex and the Elizabethan sonnet. I have published research in Shakespeare Survey, Essays in Criticism, Literature Compass, and The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music as well as in periodicals like the TLS. I have received research funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Society for Renaissance Studies, Gladstone's Library and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I have also written, produced and presented a feature-length documentary about Shakespeare's early career in Shoreditch ('Shoreditch: Shakespeare's Hidden London'), and work with a number of prominent theatre companies on Shakespeare productions and festivals.

FHS Papers 1 (Shakespeare), 3 (English Literature 1550-1660); Prelims Paper 1 (Introduction to English Language and Literature); lecture courses in faculty. I have also taught various topics and authors within FHS Papers 4 (English Literature 1660-1760) and 5 (English Literature 1760-1830).

  BA Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2010); MSt Exeter College, Oxford (2012); PhD Wolfson Foundation, London / University of Southampton (2013-17, viva Dec 17). Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize, University of Oxford, 2012. Tom Jarman Research Fellow, Gladstone's Library, 2017. Visiting Research Scholar, New York Public Library, 2017. Wolfson Scholar in the Humanities, 2013-16. 


  • Against 'the music of poetry'

  • Shakespeare's Bewitching Line

  • Screening Shakespeare’s Shoreditch

  • Shakespeare's Feet: Puns, Metre, Meaning

  • Wordsworth, Pope, and Writing after Bathos

  • More
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