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Susan Anderson

Dr Susan L Anderson BA, MA, PhD, FHEA

Deputy Head of English


I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2017 as a Principal Lecturer in English and Deputy Head of English. My research focuses on disability in Shakespearean drama, and I have also published widely on interdisciplinary approaches to a range of early modern performance genres.

  • About

    My research focuses on disability in early modern drama, looking at the ways different bodies and minds are described in the early modern period, and also how they might have been portrayed on stage. I have also long been interested in genres of performance beyond the theatre in the early modern period, including Lord Mayors' Shows, court masques and Elizabethan progress entertainment, particularly in terms of the use and representation of music in these different contexts. My book, Echo and Meaning on Early Modern English Stages, traces the way sound and music contributed to performance across the period.

    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in early modern drama and the body, disability and performance, historical disability studies, Thomas Heywood, the court masque, shows and pageantry, and music in drama.

  • Research

    Bloomsbury Cultural History of Disability Thomas Heywood's Lord Mayors' Shows, 1631-1639

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Echo and Meaning on Early Modern English Stages (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017) 

    ‘The Politics of Personification in the Jacobean Lord Mayors’ Shows’ in Personification: Embodying Meaning and Emotion, ed. by Walter S. Melion and Bart Ramakers, Intersections 35 (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 354-67 

    ‘Generic Spaces in Middleton’s The Triumphs of Truth (1613) and Michaelmas Term (1607)’, Cahiers Elisabéthains, 88 (Autumn 2015), 36-47

     ‘Sound, Vision, and Representation: Pageantry in 1610 Chester’, Early Theatre, 17.1 (June 2014), 139-59 

    ‘Representations of India on Jacobean Popular Stages’, Theatre Survey, 54.1 (January 2013), 7-25.

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