Dr Tom Rutter
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1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA
Internal extension: 28473
Office hour 2017-18 (semester 1): Tuesday, 10:00-11:00; Wednesday, 11:00-12:00
I arrived at the University of Sheffield in 2012 after six years at Sheffield Hallam University, before which I taught at University College London (where I took my PhD) and then at London South Bank University. Before that I studied for my BA at St John’s College, Oxford.
My main area of expertise is Renaissance literature, especially drama. My PhD explored the representation of work on the early modern stage; when rewriting my thesis as a book I became increasingly interested in playing companies and how they bring together the activities of disparate groups such as dramatists, actors, audiences, patrons, theatre owners and booksellers, offering a way of linking dramatic production to wider forces in society. I have gone on to focus on a single company, the Admiral’s Men, who performed most of the plays of Christopher Marlowe as well as work by Thomas Kyd, Thomas Dekker, George Chapman and others.
I recently published a book about the Admiral’s Men, having produced several essays and articles about plays in their repertory. I also have a particular interest in the plays of Shakespeare (who didn’t write for the Admiral’s Men) and Marlowe, as well as in the institutional contexts of the early modern theatre. I am currently co-editing (with Lisa Hopkins of Sheffield Hallam University) a collection of essays on the Cavendish family, and am beginning a project on early modern drama and the sciences.
I am an editor of the journal Shakespeare: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rshk20
My teaching in 2018-19 will include the following modules:
As of September 2018 I will be convening the MA English Literature.
I am currently supervising PhDs on illegitimacy in Shakespeare, cloth in the plays of Thomas Middleton, Shakespeare and the Gothic, and an edition of Samuel Daniel’s Cleopatra.
I would welcome applications to do postgraduate work on Renaissance drama, particularly in the areas of Shakespeare, Marlowe, repertory studies, and early modern science.
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