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Name: Jodie Marie Smith

PhD: Shakespeare Studies and Early Modern Drama

Thesis Title: The Circulation of Cultural Memory through the Recycling of Stage Properties and Apparel in British Drama: 1580-1642

 

Thesis Description:

My research analyses the significance of the materials of the stage in British drama performed during 1580-1642. It investigates the ways in which costumes, properties, and scenery are reused and reinterpreted in different contexts, and the degree to which drama relies on an active cultural memory for its audiences to engage with the prominent visual citations that communicate meaning. That physical entities retain memories of past performances and are thus potent communicators of knowledge becomes evident when studying the sequence of cultural mutations through which stage materials pass as they migrate from play to play, collecting in the process a repository of mnemonic triggers that enables them to function as carriers for ideas to propagate themselves across multiple plays, written by numerous playwrights, and performed in diverse spaces.The shifting meanings with which these materials are invested posits the intersection between materiality and memory as a vital factor in the composition of any new plays and/or revivals. To what extent, I ask throughout my thesis, did Renaissance dramatists and playing companies utilise this complex process of cultural memory to produce and redistribute ideas through modes of non-verbal discourse?

Supervisors and Institution(s):

Dr Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

Dr Simon Smith (The Shakespeare Institute and Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham)

Dr Tara Hamling (Department of History, University of Birmingham)

 

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2019:

  • Conference paper: "'The nature of thy chariot": Material Memory and the Role of the Triumphal Chariot in the Repertory of the Admiral's Men', the Twenty-First Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Public engagement: Tutor on the Scholars Programme for The Brilliant Club

2018:

2017:

  • Conference paper: "'How many children hast thou, widow?': Shakespeare's Widowed Mothers, Notions of Queenship, and Early Modern Constructions of Femininity", the Nineteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

 

Other Research Interests:

  • Intertheatricality
  • Material culture
  • Visual culture
  • Memorial aesthetics

 

University email address: JMS662@student.bham.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jodesmith08

 

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