Dr Robert Stagg

I am a Shakespearean and early modernist whose principal research interests are in literary form, ranging from prosody (rhyme, metre, rhythm) to verse structures (blank verse, the sonnet). My principal affiliation is to The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, where I am a Leverhulme Research Fellow. I am also a Senior Member of St Anne's College, where I co-organise the Plumer Visiting Fellowships in Early Modern English Literature and the forthcoming Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lectures. For the academic year 2020-1, I'll be Junior Pro-Proctor of the University.

I am in the very final stages of writing a book about Shakespeare's blank verse. I spoke about my work on the book for the 'St Anne's Online' series, a recording of which is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItxHElhHmv0 

I have articles published or forthcoming in Shakespeare Survey (on supernatural metre), Essays in Criticism (on bathos) and Studies in Philology (on feminine rhyme). I also have a couple of articles presently under consideration at major journals (one is about Shakespearean 'bombast', the other about Ben Jonson and Coriolanus). I have published peer-reviewed chapters in two edited collections, The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music (ed. Delia da Sousa Correa) and Reading the Road: Shakespeare's Crossways to Bunyan's Highways (ed. Lisa Hopkins and William Angus). The first is a short polemic against the notion of a 'music of poetry', and the second is about the problem of representing pedestrian travel onstage. I have been commissioned to write two further chapters for edited collections, one on Philip Sidney and quantitative verse (for The Oxford Handbook of Philip Sidney, ed. Catherine Bates) and one on versification and the humors (for Rethinking the Humors, ed. Kaara Peterson and Amy Kenny). I sometimes review new books on Shakespeare and early modern literature for The Times Literary Supplement.

I have received major (1-3 year) research funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I have been awarded research fellowships including a Berlin Sessions Visiting Fellowship in (unsurprisingly) Berlin (2020); a Pforzheimer Visiting Research Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas (2019); a Wolfson Visiting Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library (2017); a Tom Jarman Research Fellowship at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden (2017); and a Jubilee Education Fund grant to research in the Royal Shakespeare Company archives in Stratford-upon-Avon (2015). My postgraduate research won Oxford's Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize for best masters/doctoral work on a Shakespearean subject.

I have also written, produced and presented a fully-funded feature-length documentary about Shakespeare's early career in Shoreditch ('Shoreditch: Shakespeare's Hidden London'), and have worked with a number of theatre companies on Shakespeare productions and festivals. You can watch some clips from the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwDg8wj3_Qo&t=3s 

At present I am not teaching due to the award of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

BA Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2010); MSt Exeter College, Oxford (2012); PhD University of Southampton / University of London (awarded 2018).

Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize (for best postgraduate research on Shakespeare), University of Oxford, 2012. Herchel Smith Prize, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 2010.

Leverhulme Research Fellow, The Shakespeare Institute, 2020-2023. Berlin Sessions Time and Space Visiting Fellow, Humboldt University / Berlin Mayoralty, 2020. Pforzheimer Visiting Research Fellow in the Humanities, Harry Ransom Center, UTexas (Austin), 2019. Wolfson Visiting Research Fellow, New York Public Library, 2017. Tom Jarman Research Fellow, Gladstone's Library, 2017. Jubilee Education Fund Visiting Scholar, Shakespeare Centre (RSC archives), Stratford-upon-Avon, 2015. Wolfson Scholar in the Humanities, 2013-17.

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