Professor Alison FindlayProfessor
Alison Findlay is Professor of Renaissance Drama and Director of the Shakespeare Programme in the Department of English and Creative Writing. She specialises in sixteenth and seventeenth century drama and early modern women's writing.
At Undergraduate level she supervises final year dissertations and teaches on the Part II Shakespeare and Renaissance and Restoration courses and half units on gender and performance. She lectures on the Part I Introduction to English Literature course.
Alison has supervised postgraduate work at MA, MPhil and PhD level son Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and early modern women's writing. She would be pleased to discuss proposals for research topics in any of these areasand can be contacted at the Department of English.
Alison Findlay 's specialist interests are in Shakespearean drama and women's writing of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is Chair of British Shakespeare Association and is currently working with Penshurst Place, Kent as project partner on 'Dramatizing Penshurst' an impact project related to Mary Sidney Wroth's play Love's Victory (1617).
Alison is the author of Illegitimate Power: Bastards in Renaissance Drama (1994), A Feminist Perspective on Renaissance Drama (Oxford, Blackwell, 1999), Women in Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Dictionary Series published by Arden (2010 and paperback 2013), Much Ado About Nothing: a guide to the text and play in performance (2011). She has co-edited Twelfth Night: Critical Essays, with Liz Oakley-Brown in the Department of English (2014) and Shakespeare and Greece, with Dr. Vassiliki Markidou, University of Athens (2017), both published by Arden. She is editing and expanding Volume 9 of Bullough's Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare on The Romances, to be published by Routledge.
Alison has particular interest in feminist approaches to literature and drama in performance, including practical work on dramatic texts. She is co-author of Women and Dramatic Production 1550-1700 (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2000), and Playing Spaces in Early Women's Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2006). She is dramaturg and co-director of the all-female Rose Company http://www.rosecompanytheatre.com/ She is currently co-editing Lady Mary Wroth's play Love's Victory (c1646-19) with Philip Sidney and Michael G. Brennan and disseminating work on Shakespeare's 'sisters' or female contemporaries with a focus on site-specific performance via the impact project Dramatizing Penshurst: Love's Victory and the Sidneys http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/shakespeare-and-his-sisters/penshurst-place/
For several years Alison has been working on performance with the Australian Centre for the History of Emotions, giving talks and workshops centred on the New Fortune Playhouse at the University of Western Australia in Perth.
In 2016-17 Alison collaborated with colleagues from Denmark, Japan and California in an international network researching 'Trust and Risk in Literature' http://projects.au.dk/trust-and-risk-in-literature/ Following an ESSE funded grant-writing workshop, the group are preparing funding bids for 'Experiencing Trust and Rist in Early Modern England.'
As Director of The Shakespeare Programme Alison co-ordinated research into the Hesketh Collection of rare books. She has provided opportunities for final year undergraduates to work with professional actors on Shakespeare productions as part of their assessment. As Chair of the British Shakespeare Association, http://www.britishshakespeare.ws/ she leads the Association's work in promoting engagement with Shakespeare from academics, schoolteachers, theatre practitioners and members of the public via its publications, annual conference and regional events. She is a General Editor of the Revels Plays (Manchester University Press) and welcomes proposals for new scholarly editions, from established scholars or recently-completed doctoral students.
She co-directs Early Quakerism in the North West with Professor Hilary Hinds, Professor Meg Twycross, and Dr Clare Egan, focussing on the figure of George Fox and the emergence of Quakerism in the so-called "1652 country". Drawing on the Quaker Collection in the Library, Friends House, and other sources in the Society of Friends, the Quaker Project investigates the way in which early Quakers negotiated and colonised a series of distinctive spatial networks: the landscape, alehouses, marketplaces, mountain-tops, 'steeplehouses', safe houses, and prisons. A dedicated website will interlink newly-edited versions of key texts with biographical details, images, and interactive maps, using GIS.
Video of The Concealed Fancies
Video of Mary Sidney's The Tragedy of Antonie
Video of Drama Workshop at Hoghton Tower
Video of Pastoral
Alison has supervised postgraduate work on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and early modern women's writing. She would be pleased to discuss proposals for research topics in any of these areas and can be contacted at the Department of English.
Current postgraduate students:
Imogen Felstead, 'Stage(d) Hands: represntations of the Hand in Early Modern Drama
Beth Cortese 'Women's Wit in post-Restoration Drama'
Previous postgraduate students:
Vassiliki Markidou, 'Shakespeare and Greece' (PhD)
Peter Stones, 'Monsters in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture' (MA)
Kathleen O'Leary, 'Concepts of the Soul 1590-1630 in Shakespeare and Donne', (PhD)
Hannah Cole, 'Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy and Early Modern Views of History' (MA)
Laura Kenyon, 'Shakespeare, Desire and Guilt' (MA)
Stephen Curtis (co-supervision) 'Renaissance Drama and the Poetics of Blood' (PhD)
Imogen Felstead 'Staged Hands in Early Modern Drama' (MA by research)
Belal Hamamra 'Speech, silence and gender in Renaissance tragedy' (PhD)
Rachod Nusen, 'Measure for Measure on Stage and Screen' (PhD)
My main research interests are in early modern drama and women's writing of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
PhD Supervision Interests
Alison would welcome proposals from potential doctoral students wishing to work on any aspect of Renaissance drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth century These could include a wide range of projects, from (i) single-author studies e.g. Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, Webster, Ford, Brome (ii) comparativestudies focussing on the work of two or more writers in a genre or topic (e..g. pastoral drama by Shakespeare, Fletcher and Lady Mary Wroth, public and private performance arenas in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries (e.g. Marlowe, Heywood, Jonson, Ford, Midlleton, Brome, The Sidney family circle; Elizabeth Cary, William Cavendish and his family circle) (iii) scholarly editions of plays from the periodby male or female dramatists(with the potential to develop a proposal to the Revels Plays) (iv) aspects of theatre history from the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries up to the present In connection with her co-direction of the Quaker Project, she would also welcome doctoral proposals from those wishing to study aspects of early quaker writing (either scholarly editing or broader discursive analysis, especially with relation to location).
John Webster, the dark and violent playwright?
Culpeper, J., Archer, D., Findlay, A., Thelwall, M. 12/03/2018 In: ANQ - Quarterly Journal of Short Articles Notes and Reviews. 31, 3, p. 201-210. 10 p.
Gendering the stage
Findlay, A.G. 05/2017 In: A New Companion to Renaissance Drama. Wiley p. 456-473. 18 p. ISBN: 9781118824030. Electronic ISBN: 9781118824016.
Shakespeare and Greece
Findlay, A.G., Markidou, V. 26/01/2017 London : Bloomsbury. 304 p. ISBN: 9781474244251 . Electronic ISBN: 9781484244275.
Flogging a dead horse: Margaret Cavendish and the Pursuit of Authority
Findlay, A.G. 2017 In: Authority, Authorship and Aristocratic Identity in Seventeenth Century England. Leiden and Boston : Brill p. 129-147. 19 p. ISBN: 9789004326200 . Electronic ISBN: 9789004326217 .
Love's Victory in production at Penshurst
Findlay, A.G. 1/04/2016 In: Sidney Journal. 34, 1, p. 107-122. 26 p.
Findlay, A.G. 1/04/2016 In: Sidney Journal. 34, 1, p. i-vi. 6 p.
Dramatising Penshurst: Site, Scripts, Sidneys
Findlay, A.G. 2016 In: Sidney Journal. 34, 1
Reproducing "Iphigenia at Aulis"
Findlay, A.G. 05/2015 In: Early Theatre. 18, 2, p. 133-148. 16 p.
Findlay, A.G. 2015 In: The Ashgate Companion to the Sidneys. Farnham : Ashgate p. 211-224. 14 p. ISBN: 9781409450405.
Four Weddings, Two Funerals and Tragicomic Resurrection: 'Love’s Victory' and 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Findlay, A.G. 2015 In: Mary Wroth and Shakespeare. New York : Routledge p. 84-94. 11 p. ISBN: 978113878303. Electronic ISBN: 9781315764900.
Preternature: the early modern witch
Findlay, A., Oakley-Brown, L. 31/03/2014 In: Preternature. 3, 1
Women, Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Findlay, A. 2014 In: Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. Cambridge University Press
Findlay, A., Oakley-Brown, L. 21/11/2013 In: Twelfth Night. London : Continuum ISBN: 9781441128782.
Twelfth Night: a critical reader
Findlay, A., Oakley-Brown, L. 21/11/2013 Bloomsbury. 304 p.
Make my image but an alehouse sign: the poetry of women in Shakespeare's drama
Findlay, A. 2013 In: The Oxford handbook of Shakespeare’s poetry. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199607747.
Marlowe and women
Findlay, A. 2013 In: Christopher Marlowe in context. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781107016255.
A day to remember: wedding and ceremony in Shakespeare
Findlay, A. 2012 In: Shakespeare. 8, 4, p. 411-423. 13 p.
Ceremony and Selfhood in The Comedy of Errors (c.1592)
Findlay, A. 2012 In: The Oxford handbook of Tudor drama. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 338-354 . 17 p. ISBN: 9780199566471.
Relative Values: Gendering Time and Space
Findlay, A. 2012 In: Renaissance and Reformation. 35, 1, p. 169-185. 17 p.
Much ado about nothing: a guide to the text and the play in performance
Findlay, A. 2011 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 176 p. ISBN: 978-0-230-22261-8 .
The Madcap and Politic Prince of Wales: Ceremony and Courtly Performance in Henry IV
Findlay, A. 2011 In: 1 Henry IV . London : Continuum ISBN: 9780826441966.
Where Noble Virgins Still Shall Meet: Spaces of Sisterhood in Early Women’s Drama
Findlay, A. 2011 In: Ein Platz für sich selbst : schreibende Frauen und ihre Lebenswelten (1450-1700) . Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang ISBN: 9783631613375.
Playing for All in the City
Findlay, A. 10/2010 In: Feminist Review. 96, 1, p. 41-57. 16 p.
Surface tensions: ceremony and shame in 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Findlay, A. 2010 In: Shakespeare Survey. 63, n/a, p. 282-290. 9 p.
Women in Shakespeare: a dictionary
Findlay, A. 2010 London : Continuum. 546 p. ISBN: 978-0-8264-5889-6.
“Though it be not written down, yet forget not”: cultural amnesia in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Findlay, A. 2010 In: SYNTHESIS. 2, p. 7-16. 10 p.
Remaking Homes: Gender and the Representation of Place
Findlay, A. 07/2009 In: Home Cultures. 6, 2, p. 115-121. 7 p.
Dramatizing home and memory: Lady Mary Sidney and Lady Mary Wroth
Findlay, A. 2009 In: Home Cultures. 6, 2, p. 135-147. 13 p.
Highe excellente Queene: The Rhetoric of Majesty in Diplomatic Letters Relating to Mary, Queen of Scots
Findlay, A. 2009 In: The Ritual and Rhetoric of Queenship: Medieval to Early Modern. Dublin : Four Courts Press p. 118-130 . 13 p. ISBN: 9781846821783.
Theatres for Early Modern Women: From Household to Playhouse
Findlay, A. 2008 In: Heroines of the Golden StAge. Kassel : Edition Reichenberger p. 205-224. 20 p. ISBN: 9783937734422 .
Journal of George Fox: A Technology of Presence
Hinds, H., Findlay, A. 2007 In: Quaker Studies. 12, 1, p. 89-106. 18 p.
'As you like it'.
Findlay, A. 2006 In: The literary encyclopedia..
Good sometimes Queen: Richard II, Mary Stuart and the Poetics of Queenship.
Findlay, A.G. 2006 In: Shakespeares Histories and Counter-Histories. Manchester University Press 67 p. ISBN: 0-7190-7074-0.
Playing Spaces in Early Women's Drama.
Findlay, A.G. 2006 Cambridge University Press. 260 p. ISBN: 0-521-83956-4.
Sisterly feelings in the drama of Cavendish and Brackley.
Findlay, A. 2006 In: Sibling relations and gender in the early modern world.. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 195-205. 11 p.
I hate such an old fashioned house : Margaret Cavendish and the search for home.
Findlay, A.G. 05/2004 In: Early Modern Literature Studies. 14, p. 1-14. 14 p.
Adam's sons are my brethren: reading Beatrice's feminism, past and present.
Findlay, A.G. 2004 In: New studies in the Shakespearean heroine. Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press p. 1-19. 19 p. ISBN: 077346252X.
Daughters of Ben.
Findlay, A.G. 2003 In: Jonsonians : a living tradition. Aldershot : Ashgate Press p. 107-120. 14 p. ISBN: 0754606104.
Much Ado About Nothing.
Findlay, A.G. 2003 In: The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare: The Comedies. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers 393 p. ISBN: 0-631-22634-6.
Playing spaces and performances in the age of Shakespeare.
Findlay, A.G. 2003 In: Literature Compass. 1, 1
Region, religion and patronage : Lancastrian Shakespeare.
Dutton, A.R., Findlay, A.G., Wilson, R. 2003 Manchester : Manchester University Press. 284 p. ISBN: 071906368X.
Theatre and religion : Lancastrian Shakespeare.
Dutton, A.R., Findlay, A.G., Wilson, R. 2003 Manchester : Manchester University Press. 304 p. ISBN: 0719063620.
Gendering the Stage.
Findlay, A.G. 2002 In: The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama. Oxford : Blackwell p. 399-415. 17 p. ISBN: 0-631-21950-1.
The events of 1633-34 and Heywood and Brome's "The late Lancashire witches".
Findlay, A.G. 2002 In: The late Lancashire witches. Manchester : Manchester University Press p. 146-165. 20 p.
Scenes from A Pastorall by Jane Cavendish & Elizabeth Brackley (video).
Findlay, A.G. 09/2000
(En)gendering performance: staging plays by early modern women
Findlay, A.G., Hodgson-Wright, S., Williams, G. 2000 In: Crossing boundaries. London : Associated University Presses p. 289-308. 20 p. ISBN: 0874137454.
A woman's space is in the play/house.
Findlay, A.G. 2000 In: Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700. Harlow, England : Longman p. 177-205. 29 p. ISBN: 0582319838.
Findlay, A.G. 2000 In: Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700. Harlow, England : Longman p. 1-14. 14 p. ISBN: 9780582319820.
Theatres of truth: drinking and drama in early modern England.
Findlay, A.G. 2000 In: A babel of bottles : drink, drinkers & drinking places in literature. Sheffield : Sheffield Academic Press p. 21-40. 20 p. ISBN: 1841270474.
Upon the world's stage: the Civil War and interregnum.
Findlay, A.G. 2000 In: Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700. Harlow, England : Longman p. 68-94. 27 p. ISBN: 0582319838.
Women and drama.
Findlay, A.G. 2000 In: A companion to English Renaissance literature and culture. Oxford : Blackwell p. 499-512. 14 p. ISBN: 9781405165280.
Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700.
Findlay, A., Hodgson-Wright, S., Williams., G. 2000 Harlow, England : Longman. 228 p. ISBN: 0582319838.
A feminist perspective on Renaissance drama.
Findlay, A. 1999 Oxford : Blackwell. 206 p. ISBN: 063120508X.
Playing the 'scene self' : Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley's The concealed fancies.
Findlay, A. 1999 In: Enacting gender on the English Renaissance stage. Urbana : University of Illinois Press p. 154-176. 23 p. ISBN: 0252024230.
Review of Shakespeare's life, times and stage.
Findlay, A. 1999 In: Shakespeare and the Globe. Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press 338 p. ISBN: 0521660742.
Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare's Language
01/05/2016 → 31/08/2019
Corpus Research in Early Modern English
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Gender in Cultural Practice
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