Area: English Literature
My PhD thesis will focus on imitation and collaboration in Shakespeare’s early plays. The primary aim is to expand our definition of collaboration and to remove some of its pejorative associations. Through analysing the different ways in which authors actively collaborated - as, for example, Shakespeare and Fletcher did – it is possible to reveal some of the ways in which Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights operated. The thesis will also expand on Stephen J. Lynch’s work on the early plays, looking at how Shakespeare imitated the plot sources and styles of his fellow playwrights. The argument is intended to continue the shift in recent editorial theorising away from the notion of the single dramatic author towards a more social, but also more intertextual, authorship and process of composition.
I studied BA and MA at Cardiff University. My MA dissertation was on apocryphal works of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.