(BA, Trinity College Dublin; PhD, Trinity College Dublin)
I joined the School of English in the summer of 2016, having spent the previous five years working in the United States at Syracuse University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. My teaching and research is primarily in the area of early modern studies, with particular interests in intellectual history (specifically studies of memory), literary theory, editorial theory, history of the book, and studies of nationality, transgression, and normality.
I am an Associate Editor of The New Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford University Press, 2016), editing ten plays and co-editing another for the new edition. Plays I have edited include The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Henry V, All’s Well that Ends Well, and The Tempest. For the Authorship Companion to the edition, I co-authored a book-length essay about the ‘Canon and Chronology’ of Shakespeare’s works with Gary Taylor.
My most recent book is The Memory Arts in Renaissance England: A Critical Anthology (Cambridge University Press, 2016). This anthology of over seventy excerpts, co-edited with William E. Engel and Grant Williams, is the first collection of writings about memory in early modern England.
Other recent and current book projects include investigations into Shakespeare’s late and early works. Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613,co-edited with Andrew J. Power, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and reprinted in paperback in 2015. Our new companion collection, Early Shakespeare, 1588-1594, is currently in progress.
I am also interested in multi-national perspectives in early modern literature. In this vein, Willy Maley and I co-edited a collection entitled Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers (Ashgate, 2013).
With Edel Semple, I am the co-editor of two collections about early modern drama and theory. Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England appeared in 2013 with Palsgrave Macmillan’s Shakespeare Studies series (series eds. Dympna Callaghan and Michael Dobson). A new collection, Staged Normality in Shakespeare’s England, is forthcoming with the same series in 2017.
Other recent publications include the co-edited Yearbook of English Studies (2014), chapters in Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk’s The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy, Dympna Callaghan’s A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare (2nd Edition), and forthcoming essays in The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory and The Review of English Studies.
I am currently completing a monograph about Thomas Middleton’s adaptation of several of Shakespeare’s plays.
Office: W4.N3 (Rutherford)
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
- Early Modern Literature (1500-1700)
- History of the Book
- Literary Theory
- Editing Theory and Practice
- Intellectual History (studies of memory and mnemonics)
- Studies of National Identity
- Transgression and Normality