Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor
Academic Position:
Graduate
College:
Lincoln
Research Interests:
Early Modern Drama 1500-1700

Kate O'Connor is currently pursuing her M.St. in English Literature 1550-1700 at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. She focuses on early modern drama, and her dissertation deals with stage devils' use of legal strategies. In 2009 she co-founded the student theatre production company Barbarian Productions, with whom she directed a production of Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Kate holds a BA in English from Stanford University in English with a minor in Political Science. As an undergraduate, she worked as the research assistant to Professor David Riggs and as a Literary Intern for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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1 The language of Shakespeare

Actors and the director talk about how they have approached and worked with their student...

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2 Two Gentlemen of Verona: The view from the Director

The director talks about how she adapted the script and directed the student Shakespeare...

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1 Lost Generation

World War I, originally called the Great War, resulted in more than nine million deaths. The...

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2 Aphra Behn and Political Culture

This essay is the third of four distilled from a lecture series on Aphra Behn given by Dr....

Abigail Williams, Kate O'Connor
3 A Short Literary History of Vampires

By Kate O'Connor

You've heard...

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4 Aphra Behn and Poetic Culture

This essay is the last of four distilled from a lecture series on Aphra Behn given by Dr....

Abigail Williams, Kate O'Connor
5 John Webster: A Darker Playwright for Renaissance England

In the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, a young boy seen feeding a live mouse to a cat...

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6 Jonathan Swift and 'Gulliver's Travels'

This essay is the second of two distilled from a lecture series on Jonathan Swift given by...

Abigail Williams, Kate O'Connor
7 Thomas Dekker

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8 Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was a bold, salacious, and pioneering individual. If Frances Burney made...

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9 Who Killed Christopher Marlowe (and Why)? Kate O'Connor
10 The Importance of Being Wilde

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"
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11 Ben Jonson: Renaissance Playwright, Renaissance Man

Ben Jonson 1572-1637) was an early modern playwright whose popularity rivaled that of...

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12 Questions of Genre

This essay offers suggestions for how material on the Great Writers Inspire site can be used as...

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13 Frances Burney: the "Mother of English Fiction"

By Kate O'Connor

Before there...

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14 Economic and Social Literary Criticism

This essay offers suggestions for how material on the Great Writers Inspire site can be used...

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15 Thomas Middleton: No Wit, No Help like a Playwright's

During his career Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) produced a pretty spectacular canon of plays:...

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16 Feminist Approaches to Literature

This essay offers a very basic introduction to feminist literary theory, and a compendium of...

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17 Aphra Behn: A "Life dedicated to Pleasure and Poetry"

Aphra Behn was a bold, salacious, and pioneering individual. If Frances Burney made women...

Kate O'Connor
18 Approaching Political Literature

This essay offers suggestions for how material on the Great Writers Inspire site can be used...

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19 Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatres

By Kate O'Connor

Elizabethan...

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20 What is Literature, and Why Does It Matter?

With the latest financial crisis came budget cuts, and with budget cuts came questions - why...

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21 Notions of Authorship

This essay offers suggestions for how material on the Great Writers Inspire site can be used...

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22 Thomas Kyd: An English Tragedy

Very little is known about the life of Renaissance playwright...

Kate O'Connor
23 Who is Aphra Behn?

This essay is the first of four distilled from a lecture series on Aphra Behn given by...

Abigail Williams, Kate O'Connor
24 English Renaissance Timeline: Some Historical and Cultural Dates

This list offers an overview of some historical and cultural dates from the English Renaissance...

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25 Jonathan Swift and 'A Tale of a Tub'

This essay is the first of two distilled from a lecture series on Jonathan Swift given by Dr...

Abigail Williams, Kate O'Connor
26 The Curious Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-...

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27 Why Shakespeare Was Shakespeare

By Kate O'Connor

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28 The Anonymous Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the most famous authors in the western cannon (possibly helped...

Kate O'Connor
29 Aphra Behn and the Restoration Theatre

This essay is the second of four distilled from a lecture series on Aphra Behn given by Dr....

Abigail Williams, Kate O'Connor