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Professor Pascale Aebischer

Research supervision

I am very interested in hearing from graduate students who would like to carry out a research project on Shakespeare and early modern performance studies, theatre history, spectatorship, feminist and/or queer responses to early modern drama, or adaptation studies. I have a particular interest in media and technology, including digital technologies, and have a long-standing fascination with the work of Derek Jarman and other counter-cultural artists who have engaged with the drama of the early modern period. 

I also have an interest in the relationship between French classical theatre and early modern drama in England and would welcome supervising interdisciplinary work that might also take in German and Italian traditions, as well as visual culture. 

 

Research students

I am currently supervising two students: Harry McCarthy, who is working on boy actors' training and performances in the early modern theatre industry, and Jim Porteous, who is examining a cluster of plays written at the time of James I's accession (the 'Ho' plays, plus Isle of Gulls). 

 

Former supervisees include: 

  • Jeremy Bloomfield: “An Analytical History of Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi in Text and Performance” (co-supervised with Dr Jane Milling, Drama): completed within four years; PhD awarded in 2011.
  • Jennifer Barnes: ‘“Masculinity and the Heroic Body in Filmed Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Tragedies”:  completed within four years; PhD awarded in 2012. Her thesis research has since been rewritten as Shakespearean Star: Laurence Olivier and National Cinema (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • Sally Templeman: “Food and Its Discourses in Early Modern Texts”:  completed within four years; PhD awarded in 2013.
  • James Alsop: “The Living Dead in Early Modern Drama”: submitted within four years; PhD awarded in 2015.
  • Callan Davies: “The Mechanics and Invention of Moral Vision in Early Modern Tragedy”. completed within four years; PhD awarded in 2016.