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Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

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Academic Position:
Professor of English and Theatre Studies, Oxford University
St Catherine's College
Research Interests:
theatre and science, Ibsen, modernist theatre

Kirsten's main interests interests are in modernism and theatre, in the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and in the relationship between theatre and science. She has published several books on these subjects including Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett, Science on Stage, Henrik Ibsen: A Very Short Introduction, and guides to A Doll’s House by Ibsen and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. She is also the Founder of LitHits

Recent Publications

  • The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science (2020)
  • 'Plaige, Inc: Theatre's Engagement with Mechanisms of Contagion and Containment' in 'Theatres of Contagion: Transmitting Early Modern to Contemporary Performance' (2019)
# Title Description Contributor
1 Late Victorian into Modern

In this TORCH Book at Lunchtime event, co-editors Laura Marcus (Oxford) and Kirsten Shepherd-...

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Laura Marcus
2 Character in Modern Drama

In this Open Day taster lecture, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr investigates how the notion of ‘character...

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr