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Directory of Shakespearean Theses: 1990-2006
(Last Updated: 13 January 2008)

Compiled by Thomas Larque.



This directory of Shakespearean theses, from Britain and Ireland, was compiled by Thomas Larque (shakespearean@shakespearean.org.uk), with permission, from the information given in the "Index to Theses" database (http://www.theses.com).  Detailed abstracts and other information on individual theses is available from this Index, and you should either visit their website or contact them at contacts@theses.com for further information on individual theses.

This directory of Shakespearean theses, in its current form, is © Thomas Larque, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and may not be duplicated without permission (although information on individual theses still belongs to the "Index to Theses").  People are free to print out this directory for personal use or for small scale teaching purposes.  However this directory may not be republished on another webpage (link to it instead) or republished in any form other than a straightforward computer print-out of the webpage for personal use or small scale teaching purposes.  This directory may not be sold on in any form, whether printed or electronic.

Theses are included in this list if they seem (from their abstract) to contain the equivalent of a chapter or more devoted to Shakespeare or Shakespearean topics.  Not all universities seem to give the "Index to Theses" information about their Research Masters degrees, so the list of Masters Theses may be less comprehensive than the list of Doctoral Theses.

If you notice any mistakes in this list, or know of (or have written) a Shakespearean or Shakespeare-related Research Masters or Doctoral thesis for a British or Irish University that should be listed here but is not, then please contact Thomas Larque at shakespearean@shakespearean.org.uk .

Please note that there do seem to be a significant number of omissions in the "Index to Theses" (which formed the basis of this directory).  By searching the University of Birmingham's online library catalogue in detail I have located (and added to this directory) more than twenty doctoral theses on Shakespearean subjects that were apparently not listed at all in the "Index to Theses".  It would be too difficult to do a similar search on all University library catalogues (the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute was the reason that I searched their library catalogue in detail, once I realised that it contained dissertations not listed in the "Index to Theses"), so many theses may not appear in this directory that should do so.  I am also certain that my own search of the "Index to Theses" will not have located all of the theses listed there with Shakespearean subjects (since I had to rely upon rough keyword searching).  Given this level of unreliability, the absence of a dissertation from this directory should certainly not be taken as evidence of its non-existence.  Again, I would be very grateful if anybody who does find any mistakes or omissions in this directory would let me know at the E-Mail address given in the paragraph above.

Thanks to Expert Information and the "Index to Theses" for their permission to produce this directory.


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Shakespearean Doctoral Theses (1990 to 2006)

1990

Calvo, C.  Power relations and fool-master discourse in Shakespeare: a discourse stylistics approach to dramatic dialogue.  Ph.D.  University of Nottingham.  1990.

Gambling, S.  Iconology in 'The Merchant of Venice'.  Ph.D.  University College London, University of London.  1990.

Innes, P.  Subjectivity in Shakespeare's Sonnets.  Ph.D.  University of Stirling.  1990.

Matheson, M.H.  Politics and subjectivity in Shakespearian drama.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1990.

Sutcliffe, H.C.  Robert Armin (Shakespeare's Clown) ?1568-1615.  Ph.D.  University of Leeds.  1990.

Taylor, G.W.  Players and performances in the Victorian theatre.  Ph.D.  University of Manchester.  1990.

1991

Bulman, L.H.  Concepts of folly in English renaissance literature with particular reference to Shakespeare and Jonson.  Ph.D.  University of St. Andrews.  1991.

Carver, R.H.F.  The Protean ass: the Metamorphoses of Apuleius from antiquity to the English Renaissance.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1991.

Cunningham, J.  A study of the 1980s criticism of Shakespeare's tragedies with new readings of Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, and Richard III.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1991.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Gager, V.  Dickens's "so potent art": Shakespearean influences upon the works of Charles Dickens.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1991.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Gandhi, L.  "Gainst death and all oblivious enmity": monuments and memorialising in some of Shakespeare's works.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1991.

Hope, J.R.  Socio-historical linguistic evidence for the authorship of renaissance plays: test cases in the Shakespeare, Fletcher, and Massinger canons.  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge.   1991.

Hiscock, A.W.  Problems of authority and the state in seventeenth century drama: Shakespeare and Racine considered.  Ph.D.  University of Bristol.  1991.

Husain, A.A.  Types of time and Shakespeare: a study of Machiavelli, man's character and power-plays.  Ph.D.  University of East Anglia.  1991.

Kiernan, P.  Shakespeare's 'defence of drama'.  The challenge to poetry and history with special reference to 'Antony and Cleopatra'.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1991.

Pacheco, A.H.  Shakespeare and the contradictions of honour.  D.Phil.  University of York.  1991.

Petrone-Fresco, G.  Shakespeare's reception in 18th century Italy: the case of Hamlet.  Ph.D.  University of Warwick.  1991.

Powell, S.  Six Shakespearean heroines: criticism and performance since 1960 in the light of the feminist movement.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1991.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Shaughnessy, R.M.  Shakespeare's Histories and the RSC.  1963-1988: play, performance and politics.  Ph.D.  University of Wales, Swansea.  1991.

Spencer, R.H.  Adaptations of Shakespeare in the Restoration period 1661-1682.  Ph.D.  University of Leeds.  1991.

1992

Khalaf, E.M.  Identity, fame and solace in Shakespeare's English history plays excluding the second tetralogy.  Ph.D.  University of Liverpool.  1992.

Merriam, T.V.N.  Modelling a canon: principles and examples in applied statistics.  Ph.D.  King's College, University of London. 1992.  [note: examines Shakespeare's First Folio]

Nodofor, C.C.  The reception of Shakespeare in Cameroon.  Ph.D.  Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.  1992.

Pearce, B.M.  The re-evaluation of Shakespeare's late plays: 1896-1938.  Ph.D.  Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.  1992.

Platt, P.G.  Reason diminished: Shakespeare and the marvellous.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1992.

Rossi, G.D.M.  Shakespeare and Brecht: a study of dialectical structures in Shakespearean drama and their influence on Brecht's theatrical and dramatic theory.  Ph.D.  University College London, University of London.  1992.

Schaffer Snow, H.J.  "He that is less than a man": explorations of masculinity in five of Shakespeare's plays.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1992.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Silvia, A.J.  Shakespeare and nineteenth century American authors.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1992.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Smith, L.A.  As you like it at the RSC 1961-1985: a study of six productions.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1992.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Smith, P.J.  Social Shakespeare: aspects of Shakespearean dramaturgy and contemporary society.  Ph.D.  University of Leicester.  1992.

Troupp, L.  A moral idea of language in Shakespeare's "The Tempest".  Ph.D. University of Birmingham.  1992.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

1993

Drewing, L.M.  The Voss Shakespeare translation.  An assessment of the contribution made by Johann Heinrich Voss and his sons to the theory and practice of Shakespeare translation in Germany.  Ph.D.  University of Durham.  1993.

Jarvis, S.  Scholars and gentlemen: Shakespearean textual criticism and representations of scholarly labour, 1725-1765.  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge.  1993.

Johnson, D.W.  A study of the influence exerted by the British Shakespeare industry on the critical and educational reproduction of Shakespeare in South Africa.  D.Phil.  University of Sussex.  1993.

Kahan, J.  Reforging Shakespeare: a new study of the Shakespeare papers, together with the text of Ireland's play Vortigern.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1993.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Longstaffe, S.C.  The politics of the English history play, 1589-1605.  D.Phil.  University of York.  1993.

Miller, S.R.  A critical, old-spelling edition of the Taming of a Shrew.  Ph.D.  King's College, University of London.  1993.

Moody, J.S.  Aspects of cultural politics in the London minor theatres of the early nineteenth century.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1993.

Wainstein, M.  Shakespeare's Coriolanus: a tragic hero in the Sophoclean mould.  Ph.D.  University College London, University of London.  1993.

1994

Culpepper, J.  Language and characterisation with special reference to Shakespeare's plays.  Ph.D.  University of Lancaster.  1994.

De Somogyi, N.J.  Shakespeare's theatre of war.  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge.  1994.

Fung, M.M-y.  Translating poetic metaphor: explorations of the process of translating.  Ph.D.  University of Warwick.  1994.

Leslie, R.W.C.  Comedy and the Counter-Reformation: An examination of the evolution of the Italian non-tragic drama and its subsequent effect on the English theatre from Shakespeare to Shirley with particular emphasis on the role of the go-between.  Ph.D.  University of Glasgow.  1994.

Palfrey, S.D.  Forward and backward voices: political analogy and indecorum in Shakespeare's late romances.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1994.

Sheppard, P.M.F.  Tongues of war: studies in the military rhetoric of Shakespeare's English history plays.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1994.

1995

Armstrong, P.C.  Guilty creatures: the visual regime of Shakespeare's later tragedies.  Ph.D.  University of Wales, Cardiff.  1995.

Davies, D.M.A.  Interpreting the gesture, sensing the sign: a comparative case study analysis of the effects of changes in theory and practice on A-level Shakespeare teaching in English Literature and Theatre Studies.  Ph.D.  University of Bristol.  1995.

Day, G.M.  'The hazard of the die': the presentation of Richard III in Renaissance chronicle, verse and drama, and twentieth-century performance.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1995.

Flint, L.  The significance of rhyme in Shakespeare's plays.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1995.

Marshall, T.S.  The idea of the British Empire in the Jacobean public theatre, 1603-c.1614.  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge.  1995.

Motohashi, T.  'The plebeians swarming at their heels': the carnivalesque and the liberties in Shakespeare's English and Roman histories.  D.Phil.  University of York.  1995.

Rozmovits, L.  Private revenge, public punishment: The Merchant of Venice in England, 1870-1929.  D.Phil.  University of Sussex.  1995.

Sohmer, S.T.  Shakespeare's invention of Julius Caesar.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1995.

Takakuwa, Y.  Gendered subjectivity in performance: meaning and representation in the Shakespearean and Kabuki theatres.  Ph.D.  University of Wales, Cardiff.  1995.

1996

Alexander, C.M.S.  Texts and contexts: Shakespeare and verse in the eighteenth century.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1996.

Anderson, P.  Invented history in the drama of Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Dundee.  1996.

Apfelbaum, R.L.  'Author's pen or actor's voice': a performance history of editorial problems in Shakespeare' s Troilus and Cressida.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1996.

Cholij, I.B.  Music in eighteenth-century London Shakespeare productions.  Ph.D.  King's College, University of London.  1996.

Foulkes, R.G.  Shakespeare, the stage and society from Samuel Phelps to Herbert Beerbohm Tree.  Ph.D.  University of Leicester.  1996.

Lawrence, M.  Shakespeare's unwritten contract with his audience, a study of his professional practices.  D.Phil.  University of Sussex.  1996.

Lee, J.  Shakespeare's Hamlet and the controversies of self.  Ph.D.  University of Bristol.  1996.

MacPhee, W.J.  Arcana in Shakespeare's comedies with specific reference to 'The Comedy of Errors' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1996.

Massai, S.  Shakespearean revisions: Measure for Measure, King Lear and Pericles, from source to adaptation.  Ph.D.  University of Liverpool.  1996.

Robson, M.  Posthumous representations of Thomas More: critical readings.  Ph.D.  University of Leeds.  1996.

Sheen, J.E.  The institution of early modern theatre: gender and the circulation of meaning in the Shakespearean text.  Ph.D.  Birkbeck College, University of London.  1996.

Small, S.E.  Imaging the body: Shakespeare and iconography.  Ph.D.  Queen's University Belfast.  1996.

Turner, C.  The dream image and the dread image: dramatists' responses to Helen of Troy.  Ph.D.  University of Exeter.  1996.

Wilcock, M.S.  Shakespeare and the director.  Ph.D.  University College, Dublin.  1996.

1997

Adair, T.J.  Shakespeare vs. Middleton: authorial disagreement in Timon of Athens.  Ph.D.  King's College, University of London.  1997.

Alyal, A.  Changes of mind: imitation and metamorphosis in the work of Petrarch, Shakespeare, and their contemporaries.  D.Phil.  University of York.  1997.

Cakebread, C.  Voices from beyond: responses to Shakespeare in six novels by contemporary women writers.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Egan, G.  Two 'transitional' late plays at the Globe: an evaluation of the scholarship of Globe reconstruction and its bearing on the original staging of Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' and 'Cymbeline'.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Ewert, K.A.  Bodywriting: the private, political, and performing body in Shakespeare drama.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.

Hampton-Reeves, S.  Henry VI in performance: history, culture and Shakespeare reproduced.  Ph.D.  University of Warwick.  1997.

Han, Y.  Romantic Shakespeare: from stage to page.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.

Janziz, A-M.  A study of colour words in Shakespeare's works.  Ph.D.  University of Sheffield.  1997.

Lin, Y-N.  Rethinking Elizabethan theatre history.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.

Liviero, M.  The professional foolosophers: Robert Armin and Tristano Martinelli.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.

Rist, T.C.K.  Counter Reformation politics in Shakespeare "Romance" plays.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.

Rothschild, F.  Recovering Romeo and Juliet: a study of critical responses to the play from 1597.  Ph.D.  King's College, University of London. 1997

Sakamoto, K.  Queen Elizabeth's doubles?: Women and power in the late plays of Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1997.

Shaheen, Y.S.  The production of meaning and the mechanism of its change: language and theatrical materiality with specific reference to The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It and Twelfth Night.  Ph.D.  University of Exeter.  1997.

Shields, T.B.  Seething brains: images of madness in the world of Shakespeare's plays.  Ph.D.  University of Exeter.  1997.

1998

Alsaai, H.J.  A critical assessment of the translations of Shakespeare into Arabic.  Ph.D.  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  1998.

Banks, C.A.  'Mother-England: this teeming wombe of royall Kings': finding the female in Shakespeare's histories.  Ph.D.  University of Hertfordshire.  1998.

Buffery, H.  Translating imperialism: Catalan transfigurations of Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

Cimitile, A.M.  Exceeding binary oppositions in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice.  Ph.D.  University of Wales, Cardiff.  1998.

Clare, R.  The deployment of verse and prose in Shakespeare's plays.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1998.

Fenty, K.P.  Prodigal Shakespeare: the retrieval of religious meaning in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.  Ph.D. University of Birmingham.  1998.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Fernie, E.  Shame in Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of St. Andrews.  1998.

Giddens, E.E. Masculinity and honour in Shakespeare's Roman tragedies.  Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 1998.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Green, L.C.  The uses of pageantry: pageantry as production style in revivals of Shakespeare's second tetralogy on the English stage in the twentieth century.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

Kanaan, F.  Shakespeare on the Arab page and stage.  Ph.D.  University of Manchester.  1998.

Khastgir, A.  'O make an end of what I have begun!'  The sense of closure in Shakespeare's classical tragedies.  Ph.D.  King's College, University of London.  1998.

Saunders, G.J.  British dramatists since 1970 and their use of Shakespearian and Jacobean drama.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1998.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Steadman, M.J.  The presentation of Shakespeare's plays on BBC Radio.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

Thexton, J.L.  Forgetting the distance of time: Shakespeare in the drama of T.S. Eliot.  Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 1998.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Tuerk, C.M.  'Harmless delight but useful and instructive': the woman's voice in Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of St. Andrews.  1998.

Vince-Howard, V.A.  Utopia: Shakespeare at the Other Place.  Ph.D. University of Birmingham.  1998.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Yoshinaka, T. Renaissance types: ocular poetics in Sidney, Shakespeare, and Marvell.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford. 1998.

1999

Aebischer, P.  Representing personal violence and suffering in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Othello.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1999.

Batho, T.R.  The teaching of Shakespeare in secondary schools, with a particular focus in year 9 in key stage 3.  Ph.D.  University of Southampton.  1999.

Freeh, J.E.  Eliot, Shakespeare and the "ultra-dramatic".  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1999.

Garbin, L.  Scott and Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Liverpool.  1999.

Gordon, C.B.  Uses of "supernatural" in England in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge.  1999.

Hecker, P.A.  The Shakespearean stage: language and silence.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  1999.

Heravi, S.A.  Narratives of eros and desire in Shakespeare's poetry.  Ph.D.  University of Leicester.  1999.

Hoose, S.M.  Five directors' productions of Hamlet on the modern French stage 1973-1996.  Ph.D.  University of Lancaster.  1999.

Ichikawa, M.  Entrances and exits on the Shakespearean stage: the translation of printed evidence.  Ph.D.  University of Reading.  1999.

Jin, Y.J.  Audience, author and theatrical authority in early modern theatre.  Ph.D.  University of Essex.  1999.

Jones, W.M. Shakespeare's dialogic stage: towards a poetics of performance. Ph.D. University of Birmingham.  1999. [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Kawai, S.  Fat, lean, short, and tall: physical characteristics of dramatic characters and actors in the Age of Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge.  1999.

O'Connor, J.C.  Shylock: a performance history with particular reference to London and Stratford-upon-Avon 1879-1998. Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 1999.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Ostrovsky, A.M.  Stanislavsky meets England: Shakespeare, Dickens and Byron at the Moscow Art Theatre and its First Studio, 1898-1920.  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge.  1999.

Robertson, L.M.  Rhetorics of identity from Shakespeare to Milton.  Ph.D.  University of Glasgow.  1999.

Rogers, R.  Eighteenth-century Macbeths: the English poet and the Scottish play.  Ph.D.  University of Southampton.  1999.

Shiba, S.  Clowns and kings: serious jocularity in Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Reading.  1999.

Yin, W.W.  Beyond the point of childishness: Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespear and after.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  1999.

2000

Adair, V.  The Shakespearean object: psychoanalysis, subjectivity and the gaze.  Ph.D.  University of Stirling.  2000.

Barker, R.E. The destined livery: reading gender in British performances of early modern tragedy. Ph.D.  University of Birmingham. 2000.

Finnerty, P.M.  "Stratford on Avon - accept us all": Emily Dickinson's Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Kent.  2000.

Frossard, L.  Addressivity in Shakespeare's sonnets.  Ph.D.  University of Nottingham.  2000.

Gibbs, J.B.  Anglo-Scots relations and representations of women, 1560-1612.  Ph.D.  Goldsmiths College, University of London.  2000.

Go, K.  Shakespeare, Daniel and the emblem: a study of the 1609 quarto of Shakespeare's Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint in the light of Samuel Daniel's poems and the emblem.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  2000.

Hanabusa, C.  John Danter's play-quartos: a bibliographical and textual analysis.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  2000.

Howard, A.M.  The reconstruction of kingship in the drama of William Shakespeare and Pedro Calderón de la Barca.  Ph.D.  University College, Cork.  2000.

Hughes, C.  The use of necromancy in Renaissance drama 1570-1620.  Ph.D.  University of Liverpool.  2000.

Kingsley-Smith, J.E.  Banishment in Shakespeare's plays.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  2000.

Lawrence, J.  The Siren songes of Italie: Italian literary forms in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  2000.

Leahy, W.J.  Pageants, processions and plays: Representations of Royal and State power and the common audience in Early Modern England.  Ph.D.  Brunel University.  2000.

Lee, K.D.  Wholeness in fragments: Coleridge's Shakespearean criticism.  Ph.D.  University of Glasgow.  2000.

Long, H.  'Acting good parts well': Sir Ian McKellan in Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  2000.

Reynolds, S.  Shakespeare and Heliodorus.  Ph.D.  Goldsmiths College, University of London.  2000.

Turnbull, J.  'Instruments of darkness': a comparative critical analysis of the operatic versions of Macbeth by Verdi and Bloch.  Ph.D.  University of Aberdeen.  2000.

2001

Conkie, R.F.  Shakespeare and authenticity: the Globe Theatre project.  Ph.D.  University of Southampton.  2001.

Coral, J.  The subjectivity of revenge: Senecan drama and the discovery of the tragic in Kyd and Shakespeare.  D.Phil.  University of York.  2001.

Dawood, A.  Civil monsters: classifying the human body in Shakespeare.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  2001.

Fayard, N.  Representations of Shakespeare on the French stage since the 1960s.  Ph.D.  University of Leicester.  2001.

Gallimore, D.  Sounding like Shakespeare: rhythm, rhyme and word play in Japanese translations of "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  2001.

Holmes, J. Shakespeare invoked: appropriations of authority in actors' accounts of performance. Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 2001.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Kearney, M.  Plato to pop art: an examination of the concept of the absolute in Western culture.  Ph.D.  University of Limerick.  2001.

McBride, C.C.  Places of madness: the role of the early modern theatre in the construction and reinforcement of the notion of bedlam with particular reference to the Bethlem Hospital, and to plays by Thomas Dekker, John Fletcher, Thomas Middleton, William Rowley, William Shakespeare and John Webster.  Ph.D.  University of Wales, Cardiff.  2001.

McGowan, J.A.  Reading witches, reading women: late Tudor and early Stuart texts.  Ph.D.  University of Wales, Bangor.  2001.

Nisbet, A.  George Clint (1770-1854): theatrical painter.  Ph.D.  Birkbeck College, University of London.  2001.

Sahiner, M.  Reflections of contemporary socio-political and religious controversies in William Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3.  Ph.D.  University of Warwick.  2001.

Stec, V.R.  The Shakespearean career of Sir Robert Helpmann.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  2001.

Streete, A.G.T.  Calvinism, subjectivity and early modern drama.  Ph.D.  University of Stirling.  2001.

Walton, N.B. Waiting for Timon: Timon of Athens 1946-2000. Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 2001.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

York, D.  Civilising Prospero: opera for 2 singers, one actor and fifteen musicians playing Renaissance and Natural instruments.  D.Phil.  University of Sussex.  2001.

2002

Al-Gaith, A.H.A.  Theatre design at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford Upon Avon 19630-1977 with special reference to the work of Abd' El Kader Ferrah.  Ph.D.  Goldsmiths College, University of London.  2002.

Bainton, M.  Generational politics in English drama, 1588-1612.  Ph.D.  University of Hull. 2002.

Clark, M.R.  'In a martial hand': studies in the epigram in Early Modern Britain.  D.Phil.  University of Oxford.  2002.

Di Pietro, C.A. Übershakespeare: ideology, paradigm and narrative in early twentieth century England. Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 2002.  [Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the University of Birmingham Library catalogue]

Larmour, H.E.  Anthologising the author in the eighteenth-century Beauties tradition.  Ph.D.  University of Liverpool.  2002.  [note: focuses on collections including William Dodds' Beauties of Shakespeare]

Lawson, C.  Looking for Shakespeare: cultural relocations of the plays on film from the silent era to 1996.  Ph.D.  University of West of England.  2002.

MacPhee, C.L.  "All the world's a stage": William Blake and William Shakespeare.  Ph.D.  University of Glasgow.  2002.

Nicholas, S.  Is Hamlet untranslatable?  Re-negotiating the boundaries of translatability in twentieth-century German Hamlets.  Ph.D.  De Montfort University.  2002.

Silverstone, C.E.  Spectres of Shakespeare: embodying Shakespeare in performance 1979-2002.  D.Phil.  University of Sussex.  2002.

Tinston, J.F. Commentators on war in selected Shakespeare plays. Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 2002.

2003

Barber, C.  Shakespeare and cyberspace: computer technology and early modern drama.  D.Phil.  University of Sussex.  2003.

Dias, R. John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and the promotion of a national aesthetic. Ph.D. University of York. 2003.

French, E.J.  Veneration and irreverence: Hollywood marketing of filmed Shakespeare adaptations in the 1990s.  Ph.D.  University of Southampton.  2003.

Hall-Smith, S.M. Production History of 'Titus Andronicus' from the early twentieth century to the present day, with a conspectus of productions 1594-2003. Ph.D.  University of Manchester. 2003.
[Note: This thesis is not listed in the Index to Theses.  Its details have been taken from the Manchester University Library catalogue.  Thanks to Sylvia Morris of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for pointing it out.]

Hartwell, J.W. 'Skill in the construction': dramaturgy, ideology, and interpretation in Shakespeare's late plays. Ph.D. University of Birmingham. 2003.

Horri, A.  The influence of translation on Shakespeare's reception in Iran: three Farsi Hamlets and suggestions for a fourth.  Ph.D.  University of Middlesex.  2003.

Kozuka, T. Shakespeare in purgatory: a study of the catholicising movement in Shakespeare biography. Ph.D. University of Warwick. 2003.

Langley, E.F.  Self-love and self-slaughter in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  Ph.D.  University of Leeds.  2003.

Meek, R.J.  Shakespeare and the question of narrative.  Ph.D.  University of Bristol.  2003.

Prescott, P.  'Night-watch constables': reviewers of Shakespeare in the British press, 1744-2002.  Ph.D.  University of Birmingham.  2003.

Sturgess, K.  The American nation and Shakespeare.  A study of how, during the mid-nineteenth century, Shakespeare became part of the invented tradition of the United States of America.  Ph.D.  University of East Anglia.  2003.

2004

Culhane, P. Livy in Elizabethan and early Jacobean literature. Ph.D. University of Cambridge. 2004.

Doyle, A. Outsider epistemology: discourses of homophilia in the work of Richard Barnfield, William Shakespeare, and Sir Philip Sidney. D.Phil. University of Oxford. 2004.

Dunworth, F. Motherhood and meaning: the transformation of tradition and convention in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Ph.D. University of Kent. 2004.

Groves, B. Religious language in secular drama: Paschal motifs in Shakespeare's early plays (1592-1604).  D.Phil.  University of Oxford. 2004.

Jess, C.A. Cinematic Shakespeare: regenerative authority and the sequel phenomenon. Ph.D.  Queen's University, Belfast.  2004.

Maxwell, J. The part of allusion: religious controversy on the English Renaissance stage. D.Phil. University of Oxford. 2004.

Seddon, D. Impossible Identifications: Shakespeare and his readers (1830-1930).  Ph.D.  University of Cambridge. 2004.

2005

Chakravati, P. Renaissance discourses of folly illustrated with examples from English Renaissance Drama, especially Shakespeare. D.Phil. University of Oxford. 2005.

Gallagher, S.L. 'To envy this man's art': reading Browning reading Shakespeare 1835-1864.  Ph.D.  Bristol University.  2005.

Im, Y. Shakespeare and cultural translation: setting the scene from Elizabethan to intercultural.  Ph.D.  King's College, University of London.  2005.

Joughin, J. Shakespeare and the aesthetic. Ph.D. University of Essex. 2005.

Knapp, R.J. A consideration of the relationship between performance and criticism in the work of Shakespeare (from the Renaissance to the Restoration). Ph.D. University of the West of England. 2005.

Laoutaris, C. Shakespearean maternities: crises of conception in early modern England. Ph.D.  University College London. 2005.

Lin, H.W. Shakespeare as a prompter of language awareness: stylistics as a way of reading between/beyond the lines.  Ph.D. Nottingham University. 2005.

Marti, C.M.  'Shakespeare on film: film editing and authorship, 'It is only in the editing room that the director has the power of a true artist'.  Ph.D. Sheffield University. 2005.

McGrath, T.  Shakespeare and management: a study in cultural appropriation. Ph.D. Leicester University. 2005.

Scott, C.  Shakespeare and the idea of the book. Ph.D. University of Warwick. 2005.

Sellari, T.J.  Knowledge, love and self in Shakespeare. Ph.D. University of Leeds. 2005.

Yamamoto, S. Banqueting as a cultural and social practice in Shakespearean drama. Ph.D. Birkbeck College, University of London.

2006

Angus, B. 'A hawk from a handsaw': early modern metadrama and the staging of the informer. Ph.D. Newcastle upon Tyne. 2006.

Beale, R.M.E. Stages of imprisonment: Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Ph.D. Cambridge. 2006.

Brewer, P.D. Real Shakespeare? Development of a visual style in the BBC TV Shakespeare series (1978-1985). Ph.D. Liverpool.  2006.

Cunningham, V. Altering Shakespeare in the eighteenth century: David Garrick among the editors. Ph.D. Cardiff University. 2006.

Doyle, A-M. Shakespeare and the genre of comedy. Ph.D. Stirling. 2006.

Hanna, S.F. Towards a sociology of drama translation: a Bordieusian perspective on translations of Shakespeare's great tragedies in Egypt. Ph.D. Manchester. 2006.

Jack, E.J.R. Reading Shakespearean cinema.  Ph.D. Bristol. 2006.

Jones, K.V. The political aesthetics of play and display on the early English stage. Ph.D. University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 2006.

Lamb, J.M.C.L. The arts of use in the English renaissance. Ph.D. Cambridge. 2006.

McCullough, J.S. Disputable friends: rhetoric and Amicitia in English Renaissance writing 1579-1625. D.Phil.  University of Sussex. 2006.

Muir, T.R.J. Ruins and oblivion in the sixteenth century. D.Phil.  University of Sussex. 2006.

Muzica, E. 'A place where three roads meet': Sophocles's Oedipus and Shakespeare's Hamlet after Freud. Ph.D. Warwick. 2006.

Nesvet, R. 'Vagabonding Greeks' in English drama, 1580-1631. Ph.D. University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 2006.

Orford, P.R. Rewriting history: exploring the individuality of Shakespeare's history plays. Ph.D. Birmingham. 2006.

Pilla, E. The renegotiation of space in film versions of Othello. Ph.D. Royal Holloway, London. 2006.

Power, A.J. Stages of madness: representations of madness in Shakespeare's Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth. Ph.D. Trinity College, Dublin. 2006.

Ritchie, F.J. "The merciful construction of good women": women's responses to Shakespeare in the theatre of the long eighteenth century. Ph.D. King's College, London. 2006.

Stubbs, J.A. The rhetoric of the farfetched and its bearing on Shakespeare. Ph.D.  University of Cambridge. 2006.

White, L.P. Betwixt and between: the Royal Shakespeare Company's small theatres 1974-1982. Ph.D. Sheffield. 2006.

Williams, R.E. 'A second flowering after date': Shakespeare's Sonnets and Victorian lyrical aestheticism. Ph.D. Birmingham. 2006.

2007

 

 

Shakespearean Research Masters Theses (1990 to 2006)

1990

McDougle, R.L.T.  Character and countercharacter: commentators in three Shakespeare plays.  M.A.  University of Exeter.  1990.

Wright, M.R.  Women were deceivers ever: a study of woman's deception of man in four plays of the Renaissance.  M.A.  University of Exeter.  1990.

1991 - No theses listed

1992

Knowles, C.L.  Caroline Michaelis-Bömer-Schlegel-Schelling's (1763-1809) contribution to German literature.  M.Litt.  University of Oxford.  1992.  [note: Michaelis-Bömer-Schlegel-Schelling had a role in Schlegel's German translation of Shakespeare]

Yin, Winifred Wei-Fang. A nightmare for a century?: Two Gents at Stratford.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham. 1992.

1993

Sheppard, L.J.  Shakespeare and the national curriculum: a study of methodology.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1993.

1994

Cassoli, O.A.  Four characters in search of the mother (Freudian approach to Shakespeare's drama).  M.A.  University of Kent.  1994.

Gibson, J.L.  Squeaking Cleopatras?  Shakespeare's boy players.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1994.

Komachiya, N.  Female empowerment in Shakespeare's early history plays.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1994.

Primmer, S.J.  Female power in Shakespeare's plays.  M.Litt.  University of Durham.  1994.

Sano, A.  The use of revenge motifs in Shakespeare's comedies.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1994.

Thompson, K.M.  Female characterization and dramatic design in Shakespeare's first historical tetralogy.  M.Litt.  University of Oxford.  1994.

Tinston, J.F.N.  A comparative study of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice 1964-1994.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham. 1994.

1995 - No theses listed.

1996

Chrissochoidis, I.  The concept of music in the Shakespearean corpus: an exploration of Neoplatonic ideas of music in Shakespeare.  M.Phil.  University of Liverpool.  1996.

Hong, Y.  A feminist study of Shakespeare's three heroines - Portia, Helen, Isabella.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1996.

Lawson, C.W.  Picture house Shakespeare: popular cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare plays, 1966-1993.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1996.

Plagerson, R.  "I ... turned upside down so great affairs": representations of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare's comedies.  M.Phil.  University of Essex.  1996.

Sadowski, K.E.  The generic conversion of the hero in the chronological development of Shakespeare's tragedies.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1996.

Scobie, P.  Marking the encounter: Shakespeare's use of the eavesdropping device.  M.Phil.  University of Manchester.  1996.

Smith, G.P.  Shakespeare's gerontology.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1996.

1997

Storry, J.  Memorable mutilations: Charles Marowitz's restructuring of plays by William Shakespeare 1968-1977.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1997.

Wardle, S.I.  A new stylometric technique for the investigation of the true authorship of the early works of Shakespeare.  M.Sc.  Aston University.  1997.

1998

Adiseshiah, S.H.  Victorian constructions of 'race' in Shakespeare.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

Crossley, M.  Taming Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew in performance and feminist criticism 1975-1995.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

Symon, A.R.M.  'Shakespeare's love of ambiguity': readings of 'The Tempest' on page and stage (1970-1995).  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

Thexton, J.L.  Forgetting the distance of time: Shakespeare in the drama of T.S. Eliot.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

Wagg, M.R.  A study of the modern actor's approach to Shakespeare's clowns and fools.  M.Phil.  University of Hull.  1998.

Weddell, M.A.  Romeo and Juliet on three Stratford stages in the 1980s: The Other Place, 1984; the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1986; and the Swan Theatre, 1989.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  1998.

1999

Arain, M.S.  Characteristics and significance of tragedy: its comparison and contrast between Shakespeare and Thomas Hardy.  M.Phil.  University of Glasgow.  1999.

Deitchman, E.A.  'Some Mel Gibson movie': Shakespeare, cinema, and authenticity in the 1990s.  M.Phil.  Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.  1999.

2000

Hollis, G.R.  Stage directions: Shakespeare's use of the map.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  2000.

Lee, T.H.  Shakespeare's use of music and the development of his dramaturgy.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  2000.

Salidu, F.  "For this I owe you".  Shakespeare's indebtedness to Ariosto's Orlando Furioso in Much Ado About Nothing.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  2000.

2001

Davies, P.J.  Daughters, wives, mothers and men: transformations of women in Shakespeare's comedies.  M.Phil.  University of Wales, Swansea.  2001.

Ko, W.L.  An examination of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  2001.

Oldland, M.  Opera in the British musical renaissance, a new hope or a lost cause?  A study of the treatment of Shakespeare's Falstaff with specific reference to Holst and Vaughan Williams.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  2001.

Scaglione, M.  Will Shakespeare or the imaginary: three readings of his life.  M.Phil.  University of Birmingham.  2001.

2002

Chapple, F.  Shakespeare's women on the Russian and Soviet screen: Othello, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth.  M.Phil.  University of Sheffield.  2002.

Collier, A.J.  Deconstructing Jan Kott's contemporary Shakespeare: an investigation of the criticisms of Alan Sinfield and Jonathan Dollimore.  M.Phil.  University of Glamorgan.  2002.

Felice, J.  Modern performance technique at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.  M.A.  University of Kent.  2002.

2003

Boyd-Williams, A.R. "I am left out" -  a study of selected clerical characters in Shakespeare's history plays. M.Phil. University of Birmingham. 2003.

Cockin, J.M. Shakespeare's use of the Christian dimension in four major tragedies, and its dramatic effect on early audiences. M.Phil. University of Birmingham. 2003.

Milsom, P.T. The history and development of the Royal Shakespeare Company Education Department: glorious hybrids. M.Phil. University of Birmingham. 2003.

Smith, G.P.V. The making of Shakespeare's genius. M.Litt. University of Birmingham. 2003.

2004

Merrick, M. The divided mind: Shakespeare’s representation in modern poetry. M.Phil. Royal Holloway, University of London. 2004.

Prince, K. Women's Shakespeare, Shakespeare's women. M.Phil. University of Birmingham. 2004.

Richardson, P. The monstrous in Shakespeare. M.Litt. University of Birmingham. 2004.

2005

Gray, P. The passionate Stoic: Shakespeare’s Brutus. M.Litt. University of Oxford. 2005.

Matsuda, M. Shakespeare and the Renaissance concept of opportunity. M.Phil.  University of Wales, Lampeter. 2005.

Purcell, S. Shakespeare as popular comedy.  M.A. University of Kent. 2005.

2006

Lee, N.C.F. The power of Shakespearean culture: an analysis of Shakespeare's role in healing England during World War I. M.Phil. St. Andrews. 2006.

Mihara, M. The origin and development of scholarly editing: a comparative study of ballad editing and Shakespeare editing in the eighteenth century. M.Phil. Birmingham. 2006.

Shakespearean Doctoral Theses (1990 to 2006) - Number of Theses per year

1990 -    6
1991 -    14
1992 -    11
1993 -    8
1994 -    6
1995 -    9
1996 -    14
1997 -    15
1998 -    17
1999 -    18
2000 -    16
2001 -    15
2002 -    10
2003 -    11
2004 -    7
2005 -    12
2006 -    20

Total (1990-2006): 194 Shakespearean Doctoral Theses.

Shakespearean Doctoral Theses (1990 to 2006) - Awarding Institutions

Aberdeen - 1
Aberystwyth - 2
Bangor, Wales - 1
Birkbeck, London - 3
Birmingham - 45
Bristol - 6
Brunel - 1
Cambridge - 12
Cardiff, Wales - 5
De Montfort - 1
Dundee - 1
Durham - 1
East Anglia - 2
Essex - 2
Exeter - 3
Goldsmiths, London - 3
Glasgow - 4
Hertfordshire - 1
Hull - 1
Kent - 2
King's College, London - 8
Lancaster - 2
Leeds - 5
Leicester - 5
Limerick - 1
Liverpool - 6
Manchester - 4
Middlesex - 1
Newcastle - 1
Nottingham - 3
Oxford - 23
Queen Mary, London - 1
Queen's, Belfast - 2
Reading - 2
Royal Holloway - 2
School of Oriental and African Studies, London - 1
Sheffield - 3
Southampton - 4
St. Andrews - 3
Stirling - 4
Sussex - 8
Swansea, Wales - 1
Trinity College, Dublin - 1
University College, Cork - 1
University College, Dublin - 1
University College London - 4
Warwick - 7
West of England - 2
York - 6

INDEX Doctoral Theses by Student surname/year.

Aberdeen - Turnbull00
Aberystwyth, Wales - Nesvet06, Jones06
Bangor, Wales - McGowan01
Birkbeck, London - Sheen96, Nisbet01, Yamamoto05
Birmingham - Cunningham91, Gager91, Powell91, Schaffer-Snow92, Silvia92, Smith92, Troupp92, Kahan93, Day95, Flint95, Alexander96, Apfelbaum96, MacPhee96, Cakebread97, Egan97, Ewert97, Han97, Lin97, Liviero97, Rist97, Sakamoto97, Buffery98, Fenty98, Giddens98, Green98, Saunders98, Steadman98, Thexton98, Vince-Howard98, Jones99, O'Connor99, Yin99, Barker00, Hanabusa00, Kingsley-Smith00, Long00, Holmes01, Stec01, Walton01, DiPietro02, Tinston02, Hartwell03, Prescott03, Orford06, Williams06
Bristol - Hiscock91, Davies95, Lee96, Meek03, Gallagher05, Jack06
Brunel - Leahy00
Cambridge - Hope91, Jarvis93, DeSomogyi94, Marshall95, Gordon99, Kawai99, Ostrovsky99, Culhane04, Seddon04, Stubbs06, Beale06, Lamb06
Cardiff, Wales - Armstrong95, Takakuwa95, Cimitile98, McBride01, Cunningham06
De Montfort - Nicholas02
Dundee - Anderson96
Durham - Drewing93

East Anglia - Husain91, Sturgess03
Essex - Jin99, Joughin05
Exeter - Turner96, Shaheen97, Shields97
Goldsmiths, London - Gibbs00, Reynolds00, Al-Gaith02
Glasgow - Leslie94, Robertson99, Lee00, MacPhee02
Hertfordshire - Banks98
Hull - Bainton02
Kent - Finnerty00, Dunworth04
King's College, London - Merriam92, Miller93, Cholij96, Adair97, Rothschild97, Khastgir98, Im05, Ritchie06
Lancaster - Culpepper94, Hoose99
Leeds - Sutcliffe90, Spencer91, Robson96, Langley03, Solari05
Leicester - Smith92, Foulkes96, Hervai99, Fayard01, McGrath05
Limerick - Kearney01
Liverpool - Khalaf92, Massai96, Garbin99, Hughes00, Larmour02, Brewer06
Manchester - Taylor90, Kanaan98, Hall-Smith03, Hanna06
Middlesex - Horri03
Newcastle - Angus06
Nottingham - Calvo90, Frossard00, Lin05
Oxford - Matheson90, Carver91, Gandhi91, Kiernan91, Platt92, Moody93, Palfrey94, Sheppard94, Sohmer95, Clare98, Yoshinaka98, Aebischer99, Freeh99, Hecker99, Go00, Lawrence00, Dawood01, Gallimore01, Clark02, Doyle04, Groves04, Maxwell04, Chakravati05
Queen Mary, London - Nodofor92
Queen's Belfast - Small96, Jess04
Reading - Ichikawa99, Shiba99
Royal Holloway - Pearce92, Pilla06
School of Oriental and African Studies, London - Alsaai98
Sheffield - Janziz97, Marti05, White06.
Southampton - Batho99, Rogers99, Conkie01, French03
St. Andrews - Bulman91, Fernie98, Tuerk98
Stirling - Innes90, Adair00, Streete01, Doyle06
Sussex - Johnson93, Rozmovits95, Lawrence96, York01, Silverstone02, Barber03, McCullough06, Muir06
Swansea, Wales - Shaughnessy91
Trinity College, Dublin - Power06
University College, Cork - Howard00
University College, Dublin - Wilcock96
University College London - Gambling90, Rossi92, Wainstein93, Laoutaris05
Warwick - Petrone-Fresco91, Fung94, Hampton-Reeves97, Sahiner01, Kozuka03, Scott05, Muzica06
West of England - Lawson02, Knapp05

York - Pacheco91, Longstaffe93, Motohashi95, Alyal97, Coral01, Dias03


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