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Johann Gregory


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: English Literature

PhD Research

Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: Audience Expectation and Matters of Taste

“I am giddy” exclaims Troilus; “expectation whirls me round.  / Th’imaginary relish is so sweet / That it enchants my sense“. The character’s words frame him as both an audience figure and a taster.

This thesis reads Troilus and Cressida in the light of its late-Elizabethan literary and theatrical environment. Following Anne Barton’s work in Shakespeare and the Idea of the Play, it aims to demonstrate that this particular play uses the idea of audience expectation to disconcert its actual audience. It argues that the play uses food imagery, and characters as audience figures, in order to raise questions about audience expectation and participation. Troilus and Cressida shows Shakespeare responding to the way the plays of his contemporaries address the different tastes and expectations of their audience, pushing his audience to rethink the consequences of a theatrum mundi.


Supervisor: Professor Richard Wilson, Dr Irene Morra

Academic Background

MA English Literature (Distinction) – Cardiff University, 2007
Dissertation title: Guests, Ghosts and Hosts in Shakespearean Tragedy: the Limits of Hospitality
in Performance

BA English Literature (First Class Honours) – Cardiff University, 2006

British Shakespeare Association Member (2009 to present)
Deutsche Shakespeare-GesellschaftMember (2012 to present)
Société Française Shakespeare Member (2010/11)


Shakespeare and Theory Special Issues

Guest Editor, with François-Xavier Gleyzon, of two journal special issues for English Studies
dedicated to “Shakespeare and Theory” (the first special issue was published in May
           2013 and a second is under contract for publication in November 2013; the ten articles            include a variety of theoretical approaches to Shakespeare)
           Online here:

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“The Publicity of John Taylor the Water-Poet (1578-1653)”, in Transmission and Transgression
           in Early Modern England
, ed. Sophie Chiari and Hélèn Palma (forthcoming 2014)
“Thinking Through Shakespeare: Shakespeare and Theory Continued” (co- authored with
           François-Xavier Gleyzon), English Studies: Shakespeare and Theory Special Issue II
(forthcoming November 2013)
“Wordplay in Hamlet and the Accusation of Derrida’s ‘Logical Phallusies’”, in English Studies:            Shakespeare and Theory Special Issue I, 94.3 (2013), 313-303
“Thinking Through Shakespeare: An Introduction to Shakespeare and Theory”
           (co-authored with François-Xavier Gleyzon), English Studies: Shakespeare and Theory
           Special Issue I
, 94.3 (2013), 251-58
Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: Visualising Expectations as a Matter of Taste”, in
           Shakespeare et les arts de la table: Actes du Congrès organisé par la Société Française
, ed. Pierre Kapitaniak, Christophe Hauserman and Dominique
           Goy-Blanquet (Paris: SFS, 2012), pp. 47-66.
Available at:  
“The ‘author’s drift’ in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: A Poetics of Reflection”, Medieval
           and Early Modern Authorship: SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 25
           ed. Guillemette Bolens and Lukas Erne (Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2011),
           pp. 93-106
“Assuming Gender in Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida: ‘are we to assume that there were
           women in the audience?’” (co-authored with Alice Leonard), in Assuming Gender, 2.2
           (2010), 44-61. Available at:
“Shakespeare’s ‘sugred Sonnets’, Troilus and Cressida and the Odcombian Banquet: an
           exploration of promising paratexts, expectations and matters of taste”, Shakespeare,
           6.2 (2010), 185-20

Book Reviews

Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespeare’s Freedom, (Chicago University Press: 2010) for The
           Review of English Studies
, 62: 256 (2011), 650-51
Julie Sanders (ed.), Ben Jonson in Context, (Cambridge University Press: 2010) for
           Notes & Queries, 58.2 (2011), 311-12
Lynn S. Meskill, Ben Jonson and Envy, (Cambridge University Press: 2009) for Notes &
, 58.2 (2011), 312-13 François-Xavier Gleyzon, Shakespeare’s Spiral: Tracing the
           Snail in “King Lear” and Renaissance Painting
(University Press of America: 2010) for
           English Studies, 92.4 (2011), 465-66
Richard Meek, Jane Rickard, Richard Wilson (eds.), Shakespeare's Book: Essays in Reading,
and Reception, (Manchester University Press: 2009) for English Studies, 91:3
           (May 2010), 346-48
Curtis Perry and John Whatkins (eds.), Shakespeare and the Middle Ages,
           (Oxford University Press: 2009) for Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Biannual Journal
           of English Renaissance Studies
, 76.2 (2009), 78-9

Theatre Reviews

Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (The Wooster Group and the RSC) at The Swan,
           Stratford-upon- Avon, August 2012 for Shakespeare Bulletin, 31.1 (2013), 99-104 4
Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (The Richard Burton Company) at
           The Richard Burton Theatre, Cardiff for Cardiff Shakespeare, (February 13, 2012)
Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair (Castaway Community Theatre) at Aberystwyth
           Arts Centre, August 2010 for Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Biannual Journal of English
           Renaissance Studies
, 78.2 (2010), 87-89
Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (Black Sheep Company) at Weston Studio,
           The Millennium Centre, Cardiff, March 2009 for Shakespeare, 5.3
           (2009), 313-315

Other Publications

“Portia, Cressida, Cordelia and Cleopatra: Representations of Performance
           and Power”, in Shakespeare Seminar Online [German MLA-listed journal], 11
           (forthcoming 2013)
Four 1,000 word commentaries on Shakespeare’s Sonnets 71, 130, 135, 136 for
           the Critical Companion to Shakespeare, ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack
           (New York: Facts on File, 2012)
Contributor to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES)
           (four book and eight article annotations)

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

Past Conference Activity

Selected to present a paper at the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft conference
           Money and Making: Shakespeare’s Accounts
in Munich, April 2013: “‘[Theatre],
           thy name is woman’: Theatrical Value and Power in Shakespeare”
Invited to present a paper for the international conference Transmission and
           Transgression in Early Modern England
at Université de Provence, November 2012:
           “Transgression through Punishment: John Taylor and “willfull women”
Co-presented a paper, with Alun Thomas, at Cambridge University’s
           Shakespeare Sources & Adaptation
conference, September 2011: “Playing with
           Precedents in Shakespeare: Expectations in Richard III and Troilus and Cressida
Chaired the session on “Shakespeare and Terry Prachett’s Discworld” at the Shakespeare
           Sources & Adaptation
conference hosted by Cambridge University, September 2011
Presented a paper at the Société Française Shakespeare conference “Shakespeare et
           les arts de la table” in Paris in March 2011: “Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida:
           Visualising Expectations as a Matter of Taste”
Presented a research paper at Cardiff Metropolitan University, March 9th, 2011, on
           “Being and Performing in Troilus and Cressida: ‘In faith, I lie’”
Presented a paper at the Derrida Today conference in July 2010 at Goodenough College,
           London, organised by Kingston University, London and Macquarie University, Sydney:
           “Shakespeare and Derrida’s ‘thought of the promise’”
Presented a paper at the Medieval and Early-Modern Authorship conference,
           Université de Genève for 30th June – 2nd July 2010: “The ‘author’s drift’ in
           Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: A Poetics of Reflection”
Attended an international workshop entitled Performing the Poetics of Passion:
           Troilus & Cressida / Troilus & Criseyde
in May 2010 at Freie Universität Berlin
Presented papers on Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham University
           (2008 and 2009), and Cardiff University’s Assuming Gender conference (2008)


Accredited as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy, I have taught as a Postgraduate Tutor at Cardiff University since 2008. I have worked as a tutor for English Literature, Medieval & Renaissance Literature, and the second year Shakespeare’s Tragedies module.  I have also worked as a part-time lecture at Cardiff’s Metropolitan University and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Please see my profile for details.

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