Thesis Title: Paper Stages: The F. B. Brady Collection and the Mediation of 18th-Century Women's Performance in Theatrical Ephemera
Supervisor: Dr Ros Ballaster, Dr Abigail Williams, and Dr Cristina Neagu (Christ Church Special Collections)
My project makes use of the yet uncatalogued Brady Collection held at Christ Church Library. This collection of ephemera, alongside a large reference library of associated books, came to the library in 1977. Containing tens of thousands of items ranging in date from the 17th to 20th centuries, the collection spans a range of theatrical and entertainment subjects and is an invaluable primary resource. It includes c. 15,000 theatrical portraits of authors, actors and actresses (both in and out of roles), characters, dramatists, and depictions of theatrical productions, along with the music and other related materials.
My thesis will explore the mediation of performances by women in eighteenth-century theatrical ephemera, expanding our understanding of how theatrical ephemera was understood and interacted with by both performers and the theatrical public. My project considers ephemera in various stages of mediation, including through ephemeral print production, and post-performance compliation and collection. I am employing a highly multi-disciplinary approach which combines performance studies, literary studies, art history, media studies, and cultural history. As a whole, my project seeks to uncover the ways in which performance and repertory was created beyond the embodied stage, and how it continues to be created in the archive.
My other research interests include: the visual culture of the theatre, fugitive print history, adaptation studies, queer theories of ephemera, performance archives, the relationship between the theatre and the novel, and eighteenth-century media studies/theories of mediation.
I am currently a Postgraduate & ECR Representative for the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS).
I have extensive teaching experience including the Oxford papers 4 and 5, and other courses on the queer eighteenth century/romantic period, and women's writing.
Katie Noble, 'The Story of the F. B. Brady Collection', Christ Church Library Newsletter 12.2-3 (2020-21), 8-12
Katie Noble, 'Playbills', The Digital Encyclopedia of British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century [online]
Katie Noble, 'Adapting Medea in Eighteenth-Century Visual Culture', in Lissette Lopez Szwydky and Glenn Jellenik (eds.) Adaptation Before Cinema: Literary and Visual Convergence from Antiquity through the 19th Century (London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2023).