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 nearing completion of a first book (adapted from my PhD thesis) about Shakespeare's versification, and am working on a couple of articles (about feminine rhyme in The Taming of the Shrew, and about the syllable in editorial practice and theory).

I have published research in Shakespeare Survey, Essays in Criticism, 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) as well as in periodicals like the TLS. I have received research funding / library fellowships from the Wolfson Foundation, the New York Public Library, 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. At college level, I run the termly Plumer Visiting Fellowship in Early Modern English Literature and am Director of Studies for Visiting Students in English.

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. Herchel Smith Prize, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 2010. Tom Jarman Research Fellow, Gladstone's Library, 2017. Wolfson Visiting Research Fellow, New York Public Library, 2017. Jubilee Education Fund Visiting Scholar, Shakespeare Centre (RSC archives), Stratford-upon-Avon, 2015. Wolfson Scholar in the Humanities, 2013-16.


  • 'Against 'the music of poetry''

    Stagg, R
    Edited by:
    da Sousa Correa, D
  • Wordsworth, Pope, and Writing after Bathos

    Stagg, R
  • Shakespeare's Bewitching Line

    Stagg, R
  • Walking, talking, footing: reading the onstage road

    Stagg, R
    Edited by:
    Angus, W, Hopkins, L
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