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Name: Beth Sharrock

PhD: Shakespeare Studies

Thesis Title: Paratexts to Shakespeare Live Theatre Broadcast Productions 


Thesis Description:

My project comprises a detailed study of paratexts to contemporary live theatre broadcast (LTB) productions of Shakespeare plays. By first considering the rich history of Shakespearean paratexts in print and performance, I will construct a genesis of contemporary Shakespearean LTB paratexts whilst exploring their evolving function within the live broadcast medium. My project will contribute to the burgeoning field of criticism on LTB productions of Shakespeare, and by analysing an under-studied material will address (in Gerard Genette's terms) the most contemporary 'thresholds of interpretation' to Shakespeare's works.  


Supervisors and Institution(s): Dr Erin Sullivan and Dr Pete Kirwan (University of Nottingham), University of Birmingham 


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

'A View from the Stage: Interviews with Performers' in Shakespeare and the 'Live' Theatre Broadcast Experience, edited by Pascale Aebischer, Susanne Greenhalgh and Laurie E. Osborne, Arden Bloomsbury (Forthcoming 2018). 


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • YorkShakes 2015 volunteer assistant, running workshops with local York schools and hosting an exhibition at York Univeristy exploring Shakespeare's global legacy. 


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Other Research Interests:

  • Live Theatre Broadcast medium, Shakespeare in contemporary culture and performance, constructions of liveness and authority, paratextual theory, early modern textual and performance history. 

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