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Emma Smith

Emma Smith
Academic Position:
CUF Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow
College:
Hertford
Research Interests:
Early Modern

Dr Emma Smith's research combines a range of approaches to Shakespeare and early modern drama. She is currently working on the First Folio (1623), a project combining aspects of the history of the book, histories of reading, and the interpretation of Shakespeare on the page. Her next project will be on the construction of character in printed drama. With Tamara Atkin at QMUL, she is working on the way cast lists in printed drama through the sixteenth and seventeenth century can inform our understanding of the experience of seeing, as well as reading, plays. She is part of a team of scholars revising the Riverside Shakespeare under the general editorship of Douglas Bruster. She is also interested in drama in performance, in the methodology of writing about theatre, in reviewing and its rhetoric, and in developing analogies between cinema, film theory, and early modern performance. She is working with Charlotte Brewer on a pilot project on the Oxford English Dictionary and Shakespeare, which they hope will develop into a website and associated publications on the issue of Shakespeare’s linguistic creativity and how it has been recorded. Pedagogy is important to her and she continues to work on readerly editions of early modern texts and on books, articles and lectures which disseminate research to the widest possible audience. A good example is her involvement in the 'Sprint for Shakespeare' project.

Recent Publications

  • Macbeth: Language and Writing (Arden, 2013)
  • The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England co-edited with Andy Kesson (Ashgate, 2013)
  • Christopher Marlowe in Context, co-edited with Emily C. Bartels (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • 'Was Shylock Jewish?', Shakespeare Quarterly (2013)
  • Thirty Great Myths About Shakespeare, co-authored with Laurie Maguire (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
# Title Description Contributor
1 The Revenger's Tragedy: Thomas Middleton

A blackly camp tragedy - Hamlet without the narcissism - set in a court corrupted by lust and...

Emma Smith
2 The Comedy of Errors

Lecture 12 in the Approaching Shakespeare series asks how seriously we can take the farcical...

Emma Smith
3 The Duchess of Malfi: John Webster

In dramatizing a woman's sexual choices in a notably sympathetic manner, this tragedy...

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4 Twelfth Night

The seventh Approaching Shakespeare lecture takes a minor character in Twelfth Night - Antonio...

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5 Henry V

The second lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series looks at King Henry V, and asks whether...

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6 Henry IV part 1

Like generations of theatre-goers, this lecture concentrates on the (large) figure of Sir John...

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7 Richard II

Lecture eight in the Approaching Shakespeare series asks the question that structures Richard II...

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8 Antony and Cleopatra

What kind of tragedy is this play, with its two central figures rather than a singular hero? The...

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9 Measure for Measure

The third Approaching Shakespeare lecture, on Measure for Measure, focuses on the vexed question...

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10 King John

At the heart of King John is the death of his rival Arthur: this fifteenth lecture in the...

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11 Richard III

In this thirteenth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series the focus is on the...

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12 A Midsummer Night's Dream

This lecture on A Midsummer Night's Dream uses modern and early modern understandings of...

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13 16.To Shakespeare and Beyond: a panel discussion.

Cultural Connections discussion panel Casandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, Jose Perez Diaz and Emma Smith...

Cassandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, José Pérez Díez, Emma Smith
14 Othello

Othello - First in Emma Smith's Approaching Shakespeare lecture series; looking at the...

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15 King Lear

Showing how generations of critics - and Shakespeare himself - have rewritten the ending of King...

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16 Titus Andronicus

Focusing in detail on one particular scene, and on critical responses to it, this sixth...

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17 Taming of the Shrew

Emma Smith uses evidence of early reception and from more recent productions to discuss the...

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18 The Shoemaker's Holiday: Thomas Dekker

Like a Busby Berkeley depression-era musical, Dekker's comedy is a feel-good antidote to a...

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19 The Bodleian Shakespeare: A treasure lost... and regained

From the 2010 Alumni Weekend. Emma Smith reveals how Oxford University mobilised Alumni support...

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20 The Merchant of Venice

This lecture on The Merchant of Venice discusses the ways the play's personal relationships...

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21 Arden of Faversham: Anon

A true crime story of the murder of Thomas Arden by his wife and her lover, this play is...

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22 The Roaring Girl: Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker

Based on a contemporary scandal of a woman who dressed in male clothing, this play of topsy-...

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23 Much Ado About Nothing

Emma Smith asks why the characters are so quick to believe the self-proclaimed villain Don John...

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24 The Winter's Tale

How we can make sense of a play that veers from tragedy to comedy and stretches credulity in its...

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25 The Spanish Tragedy: Thomas Kyd

Popular tragedy in which Hieronimo pursues aristocratic murderers of his son Horatio and takes...

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26 Macbeth

In this fourth Approaching Shakespeare lecture the question is one of agency: who or what makes...

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27 Hamlet

The fact that father and son share the same name in Hamlet is used to investigate the play'...

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28 The Tempest

That the character of Prospero is a Shakespearean self-portrait is a common reading of The...

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29 As You Like It

Asking 'what happens in As You Like It', this lecture considers the play's...

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30 Why should we study Shakespeare?

Dr Emma Smith of Hertford College, Oxford, discusses her current research and proposes why we...

Emma Smith, Ilana Lassman
31 Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Pericles has been on the margins of the Shakespearean canon: this fourteenth lecture in the...

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32 Coriolanus

This lecture takes up a detail from Shakespeare’s late Roman tragedy Coriolanus to ask about the...

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33 Romeo and Juliet

This lecture on Romeo and Juliet tackles the issue of the spoiler-chorus, in an already-too-...

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34 Julius Caesar

This lecture on Julius Caesar discusses structure, tone, and politics by focusing on the cameo...

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35 Love's Labour's Lost

Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a lecture on the play Love's Labour...

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36 Timon of Athens

Emma Smith finishes her Approaching Shakespeare series with a lecture on the play Timon of...

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37 Dr Faustus: Christopher Marlowe

Emma Smith's lecture on this infernal play discusses Elizabethan religion, the revisions to the...

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38 The Alchemist: Ben Jonson

Written in the context of plague in London, The Alchemist’s plot and language are deeply...

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39 A Chaste Maid in Cheapside: Thomas Middleton

This lecture discusses comedy, fertility, and all those illegitimate children in this play about...

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40 The Witch Of Edmonton

A collaborative play about witchcraft, bigamy - and a talking dog - what more could you want?...

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41 Tis Pity She's a Whore: John Ford

This lecture discusses the play’s reboot of Romeo and Juliet and other Elizabethan plays, its...

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42 The Tamer Tam'd: John Fletcher

Fletcher’s play is a riposte to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew: in this lecture I discuss...

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43 Cymbeline

Professor Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a lecture on one of...

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44 All's Well That Ends Well

Professor Emma Smith lectures on Shakespeare’s comedy All's Well That Ends Well.

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45 The Merry Wives of Windsor

Professor Emma Smith lectures on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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46 Henry VI, Part 2

Professor Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a 2017 lecture on the...

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47 The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Professor Emma Smith gives the last of her 2017 Shakespeare lectures on his early comedy, Two...

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# Title Description Contributor
1 16.To Shakespeare and Beyond: a panel discussion.

Cultural Connections discussion panel Casandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, Jose Perez Diaz and Emma Smith...

Cassandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, José Pérez Díez, Emma Smith
2 Memorialising Shakespeare: The First Folio and other elegies

Emma Smith (Professor of English Literature, Oxford), gives a talk on Shakespeare memorials. Ben...

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