Leading female characters were commonplace in plays before Shakespeare, reveals academic Dr Andy Kesson on PRI's The World Radio on Friday 24th February.
Posted: 1 March 2017
Roehampton academic Dr Kesson has identified that female main characters were popular in Tudor and early Elizabethan plays. Several of the first surviving plays are named after female protagonists, a contrast to later plays written by Shakespeare, and had female centric plots. Unlike his predecessors, Shakespeare only included female characters in the title of two plays, in both cases placed after their male counterpart.
Whilst the plays were previously known about it, this is the first time the trend in naming plays after female characters has been spotted. John Lyly was a prominent playwright who contributed to this phenomenon with his plays including Sapho and Phao and Gallathea. This discovery is part of a wider project, Before Shakespeare, led by Dr Kesson, and is the first of its kind to research the earliest playhouses and theatres in their own right.
The radio programme 'Theater before Shakespeare' first aired on Friday 24th February on PRI's The World. The podcast is available to listen to here.
Women and Disability in Just William author’s novels
Whilst known for her Just William stories, it is Richmal Crompton's other, less well known novels focusing on woman and experiences of disability that Honorary Research Fellow Dr Jane McVeigh will give a public lecture about at the annual Just William Meeting on April 8th at the University of Roehampton.
Posted: 10 March 2017
Darren Shan reveals secrets of his writing success for World Book Day
Darren Shan, author of the Cirque du Freak series and alumnus of Roehampton shares how his time at university inspired his writing, and his advice on writing as a career.
Posted: 27 February 2017
Death and Mr Pickwick author becomes Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton
Stephen Jarvis, author of the critically acclaimed Death and Mr Pickwick is to become an Honorary Research Fellow in the department of English and Creative Writing.
Posted: 27 January 2017