Dr Andy Kesson

Dr Andy Kesson

Senior Lecturer

Department of English and Creative Writing



Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Kent), PhD in English Studies (Kent), MA in English Studies (Manchester), BA in English and Classics (Manchester)

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'"Trying television by candlelight": The Duchess of Malfi on screen', Shakespeare Bulletin 33.4 (Winter 2015), 609-621 (special issue on Shakespeare's contemporaries on screen edited by John Wyver)

'"It is a pity you are not a woman": John Lyly and the creation of woman', Shakespeare Bulletin 33.1 (Spring 2015), 33-47 (special issue on female performers edited by Clare McManus and Lucy Munro)

'Was comedy a genre in early modern English drama?', British Journal of Aesthetics, 54.2 (2014), 213-225 (special issue on genre)


John Lyly and Early Modern Authorship (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014) John Lyly and Early Modern Authorship

The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), edited with Emma Smith The Elizabethan Top Ten


I have written book and play reviews for Cahiers Élisabéthains, The Journal of British Studies, Early Theatre and The Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies.


'Gascoigne and the Elizabethan publication of plays', in Gillian Austen (ed.), New Essays on George Gascoigne (AMS Press, 2016)

'Fellow dramatists and early collaborators', in Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells (eds.), The Shakespeare Circle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

'"They that treat in a maze": movement as emotion in the work of John Lyly', in Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan (eds.), The Renaissance of Emotion (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015)

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Department news

Roehampton plays host to Poetry House Live rehearsal

The Department of English and Creative Writing have hosted the European team behind Poetry House Live as they prepare to make their debut at the Kings Place in September.

Poetry professor to give inaugural Wellcome Trust Mike White Memorial Lecture

Professor Fiona Sampson will deliver the inaugural Wellcome Trust Mike White Memorial Lecture, ‘A Speaking Likeness: poetry within health and social care’.

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