Research

Thomas Middleton and the Plural Politics of
Jacobean Drama

The monograph has been officially approved for publication and will be released in 2021. The book examines Middleton’s drama alongside the politics of James I and the ways in which the playwright’s poiesis, ranging from parrhesia to irony to allegory, disrupt the monarch’s unified political vision by offering plural perspectives through the multivalent and fractured art form of theatrical entertainment.

“Walking Texts in Early Modern London”
SSHRC Insight Grant, Co-applicant
Assistant Project Director, Mayoral Shows, MoEML

My work with the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) at the University of Victoria stems from my investigations of Middleton’s Lord Mayors’ Shows and my graduate coursework on Thomas Dekker’s London’s Tempe (1629). My edition of Dekker’s show reveals textual variants that were previously unaccounted for and offers fresh readings of this sadly neglected event, and will be part of a larger project I am working on with primary investigator Janelle Jenstad and the rest of the MoEML team, namely compiling the first full collection of the mayoral shows in an open access digital anthology. This goal aligns with the SSHRC project’s other aim to publish all the editions of John Stow’s Survey of London in order to illuminate the connections between these works that guided Londoners on polychronic textual walking tours through their city’s past and present.

“Linked Early Modern Drama Online”
SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Co-applicant

This project, led by primary investigator Janelle Jenstad, brings together a group of international scholars to investigate the critical and pedagogical potential of linked data. Bringing together Internet Shakespeare EditionsDigital Renaissance Editions, Map of Early Modern London, and Queen’s Men Editions, among others, the project seeks to make new contributions to scholarship through considering links as interpretive devices and offering educators new resources by creating an anthology builder.