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Professor Alison Findlay

Professor Alison Findlay

Professor

County College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YD


Tel: +44 1524 592194
Location: B94 (first floor)
Office hours: Tuesdays 10-12

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 Worth, ideas of the soul in Shakespeare and Donne, domestic tragedy by Heywood, Ford, Midlleton and Elizabeth Cary)
(iii) scholarly editions of plays from the periodby male or female dramatists(with the potential to developa 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).

Current Teaching

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, Women Writers, and Renaissance and Restoration courses. She lectures on the Part I Introduction to English Literature course and the Part II course Theory and Practice of Criticism.

Alison has supervised postgraduate work at MA, MPhil and PhD levelson 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.

Profile

Alison Findlay 's specialist interests are in Shakespearean drama and women's writing of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is the author of Illegitimate Power: Bastards in Renaissance Drama (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994) and A Feminist Perspective on Renaissance Drama (Oxford, Blackwell, 1999), a book which uses women's writing to analyse mainstream drama by men. She has published numerous essays and articles on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and reviewed books on Shakespeare's life, times and stage for Shakespeare Survey.

Most recently she has completed Women in Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Dictionary Series published by Arden (Bloomsbury Press) and Much Ado About Nothing: a guide to the text and play in performance (2011) Her most recent essays on Shakespeare have been on Much Ado About Nothing (2010, and 2012) and Comedy of Errors (2012). In the past, she has co-edited volumes of essays with Richard Dutton and Richard Wilson, and written for the Shakespeare section of the electronic journal Compass (Blackwell Publishers), Shakespeare Survey, and the Blackwell's Companions to Shakespeare's Comedies, Renaissance Drama and Renaissance Literature. She has spoken at day schools at The Shakespeare Centre in Stratford, to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Summer School, and is an invited member of the International Shakespeare Conference at The Shakespeare Institute. She has been invited to speak on 'Staging Emotion on the Fortune Stage' and to workshop Macbeth with actors Andrew Jarvis and James Evans at the University of Western Australia (Perth) in connection with the Autsralian Centre of Excellence for the Study of the History of Emotions.  

As Director of The Shakespeare Programme Alison co-ordinated research into the Hesketh Collection of rare books. 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.

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 (Longman's Medieval and Renaissance Library; Harlow: Pearson Education, 2000), and Playing Spaces in Early Women's Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

She co-directs Early Quakerism in the North West with Dr Hilary Hinds and Professor Meg Twycross, 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.

Videos

Video of The Concealed Fancies

Video of Mary Sidney's The Tragedy of Antonie

Video of Drama Workshop at Hoghton Tower

Video of Pastoral

Click here for a separate page on Renaissance drama at Hoghton Tower, and here for a page on Playing Spaces in Renaissance Drama.

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:

Belal Hamamra 'Speech, silence and gender in Renaissance tragedy'

Rachod Nusen, 'Measure for Measure on Stage and Screen'

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'

Stephen Curtis (co-supervision) 'Renaissance Drama and the Poetics of Blood' (phD)

 

 

Office Hours

Tuesdays 10-12

In Press

Women, Shakespeare and Popular Culture

Findlay, A. 2014 Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. Cambridge University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2014

Preternature: the early modern witch

Findlay, A. (ed.) & Oakley-Brown, L. (ed.) 2014 In: Preternature. 3, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

2013

Twelfth Night: a critical reader

Findlay, A. (ed.) & Oakley-Brown, L. (ed.) 21/11/2013 London: Bloomsbury. 304 p. (Arden Early Modern Drama Guides).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

Introduction

Findlay, A. & Oakley-Brown, L. 21/11/2013 Twelfth Night: a critical guide. Findlay, A. & Oakley-Brown, L. (eds.). London: Continuum, (Continuum Renaissance Drama).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Make my image but an alehouse sign: the poetry of women in Shakespeare's drama

Findlay, A. 2013 The Oxford handbook of Shakespeare’s poetry. Post, J. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Marlowe and women

Findlay, A. 2013 Christopher Marlowe in context. Bartels, E. C. & Smith, E. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2012

Ceremony and Selfhood in The Comedy of Errors (c.1592)

Findlay, A. 2012 The Oxford handbook of Tudor drama. Betteridge, T. & Walker, G. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 338-354 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A day to remember: wedding and ceremony in Shakespeare

Findlay, A. 2012 In: Shakespeare. 8, 4, p. 411-423 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Relative Values: Gendering Time and Space

Findlay, A. 2012 In: Renaissance and Reformation. 35, 1, p. 169-185 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Where Noble Virgins Still Shall Meet: Spaces of Sisterhood in Early Women’s Drama

Findlay, A. 2011 Ein Platz für sich selbst: schreibende Frauen und ihre Lebenswelten (1450-1700): [A place of their own: women writers and their social environments (1450-1700)]. Bollman, A. (ed.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, (Medieval to early modern culture).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Madcap and Politic Prince of Wales: Ceremony and Courtly Performance in Henry IV

Findlay, A. 2011 1 Henry IV: a critical guide. Longstaffe, S. (ed.). London: Continuum

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Much ado about nothing: a guide to the text and the play in performance

Findlay, A. 2011 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 176 p. (The Shakespeare handbooks).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2010

“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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Women in Shakespeare: a dictionary

Findlay, A. 2010 London: Continuum. 546 p. (Continuum Shakespeare dictionary series).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Surface tensions: ceremony and shame in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Findlay, A. 2010 In: Shakespeare Survey. 63, n/a, p. 282-290 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Playing for All in the City

Findlay, A. 10/2010 In: Feminist Review. 96, 1, p. 41-57 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Highe excellente Queene: The Rhetoric of Majesty in Diplomatic Letters Relating to Mary, Queen of Scots

Findlay, A. 2009 The Ritual and Rhetoric of Queenship: Medieval to Early Modern. Oakley-Brown, L. & Wilkinson, L. J. (eds.). Dublin: Four Courts Press, p. 118-130 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Remaking Homes: Gender and the Representation of Place

Findlay, A. 07/2009 In: Home Cultures. 6, 2, p. 115-121 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Dramatizing home and memory: Lady Mary Sidney and Lady Mary Wroth

Findlay, A. 2009 In: Home Cultures. 6, 2, p. 135-147 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Theatres for Early Modern Women: From Household to Playhouse

Findlay, A. 2008 Heroines of the Golden StAge: women and drama in Spain and England 1500-1700. Walthaus, R. & Corporaal, M. (eds.). Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, p. 205-224 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

Journal of George Fox: A Technology of Presence

Hinds, H. & Findlay, A. 2007 In: Quaker Studies. 12, 1, p. 89-106 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Sisterly feelings in the drama of Cavendish and Brackley.

Findlay, A. 2006 Sibling relations and gender in the early modern world.. Miller, N. J. & Yavneh, N. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 195-205 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

'As you like it'.

Findlay, A. 2006 The literary encyclopedia.. Clark, R. (ed.).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Good sometimes Queen: Richard II, Mary Stuart and the Poetics of Queenship.

Findlay, A. G. 2006 Shakespeares Histories and Counter-Histories. Manchester University Press, 67 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Playing Spaces in Early Women's Drama.

Findlay, A. G. 2006 Cambridge University Press. 260 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2004

Adam's sons are my brethren: reading Beatrice's feminism, past and present.

Findlay, A. G. 2004 New studies in the Shakespearean heroine. Brooks, D. A. (ed.). 14 ed. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, p. 1-19 19 p. (A publication of the Shakespeare yearbook).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

I hate such an old fashioned house: Margaret Cavendish and the search for home.

Findlay, A. G. 05/2004 In: Early Modern Literature Studies: special issue: Writings on Margaret Cavendish. 14, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

Much Ado About Nothing.

Findlay, A. G. 2003 The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare: The Comedies. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 393 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Playing spaces and performances in the age of Shakespeare.

Findlay, A. G. 2003 In: Literature Compass. 1, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Daughters of Ben.

Findlay, A. G. 2003 Jonsonians: a living tradition. Woolland, B. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate Press, p. 107-120 14 p. (Studies in performance and early modern drama).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Theatre and religion: Lancastrian Shakespeare.

Dutton, A. R., Findlay, A. G. & Wilson, R. 2003 Manchester: Manchester University Press. 304 p. (Religion in drama).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Region, religion and patronage: Lancastrian Shakespeare.

Dutton, A. R., Findlay, A. G. & Wilson, R. 2003 Manchester: Manchester University Press. 284 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2002

Gendering the Stage.

Findlay, A. G. 2002 The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama. Kinney, A. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 399-415 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The events of 1633-34 and Heywood and Brome's "The late Lancashire witches".

Findlay, A. G. 2002 The late Lancashire witches. Poole, R. (ed.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 146-165 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700.

Findlay, A., Hodgson-Wright, S. & Williams., G. 2000 Harlow, England: Longman. 228 p. (Longman medieval and Renaissance library).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Scenes from A Pastorall by Jane Cavendish & Elizabeth Brackley (video).

Findlay, A. G. 09/2000 Lancaster: Lancaster University Television Unit.

Research output: Other contribution

(En)gendering performance: staging plays by early modern women

Findlay, A. G., Hodgson-Wright, S. & Williams, G. 2000 Crossing boundaries: Attending to early modern women. Donawerth, J. & Seeff, A. (eds.). London: Associated University Presses, p. 289-308 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction.

Findlay, A. G. 2000 Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700. Findlay, A., Hodgson-Wright, S. & Williams., G. (eds.). Harlow, England: Longman, p. 1-14 14 p. (Longman medieval and Renaissance library).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A woman's space is in the play/house.

Findlay, A. G. 2000 Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700. Findlay, A., Hodgson-Wright, S. & Williams., G. (eds.). Harlow, England: Longman, p. 177-205 29 p. (Longman medieval and Renaissance library).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Women and drama.

Findlay, A. G. 2000 A companion to English Renaissance literature and culture. Hattaway, M. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 499-512 14 p. (Blackwell companions to literature and culture).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Theatres of truth: drinking and drama in early modern England.

Findlay, A. G. 2000 A babel of bottles: drink, drinkers & drinking places in literature. Nicholls, J. & Owen, S. J. (eds.). Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, p. 21-40 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Upon the world's stage: the Civil War and interregnum.

Findlay, A. G. 2000 Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700. Findlay, A., Hodgson-Wright, S. & Williams, G. (eds.). Harlow, England: Longman, p. 68-94 27 p. (Longman medieval and Renaissance library).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Playing the 'scene self': Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley's The concealed fancies.

Findlay, A. 1999 Enacting gender on the English Renaissance stage. Comensoli, V. & Russell, A. (eds.). Urbana: University of Illinois Press, p. 154-176 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Review of Shakespeare's life, times and stage.

Findlay, A. 1999 Shakespeare and the Globe. Wells, S. (ed.). 52 ed. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press, 338 p. (Shakespeare survey).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A feminist perspective on Renaissance drama.

Findlay, A. 1999 Oxford: Blackwell. 206 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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