Professor Ann Thompson
Professor of English
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1034
Address Department of English
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Research Interests and PhD supervision
I am active in a number of areas of Shakespeare Studies, notably (1) editing and textual studies, (2) women readers and critics of Shakespeare, (3) Shakespeare’s language. These might seem like very different areas, but I would see them as connected by my interest in ‘what Shakespeare actually wrote’ (and the precise words in which he expressed himself) and in the ‘afterlife’ of his work: how it has been staged, filmed, adapted and read over 400 years.
I am one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare series and I have edited, with Neil Taylor, all three texts of Hamlet in two volumes in that series (Hamlet and Hamlet: The Texts of 1603 and 1623, both 2006). I have also co-edited, with my KCL colleague, Gordon McMullan, a collection of essays, In Arden: Editing Shakespeare (2003). I co-edited, with Sasha Roberts, Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900 (1997) and we also co-authored an essay on Mary Cowden Clarke as a Victorian Shakespeare scholar. I am currently working with Gail Marshall of the University of Leicester on a chapter on Mary Cowden Clarke for the forthcoming Great Shakespeareans series. My interest in Shakespeare’s language dates back to the book I co-authored with my husband, John O Thompson, Shakespeare, Meaning and Metaphor (1987); we have also co-authored a number of essays in this field and are currently thinking about a study of Shakespeare and metonymy.
I welcome enquiries from prospective research students in almost any area of Shakespeare Studies.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
Ann Thompson, John O Thompson (2010) 'Making Mistakes: Shakespeare, Metonymy, and Hamlet ', in Shakespeare without Boundaries: Essays in honour of Dieter Mehl pp. ?-? [Chapter]
Ann Thompson (2010) 'Visual Meaning and its Absence in 'Hamlet'', in Speaking Pictures: The Visual/Verbal Nexus of Dramatic Performance pp. ?-? [Chapter]
Ann Thompson (2009) '"Monumental Mockery": Does a three-text edition of 'Hamlet' threaten the play's canonicity?', in Moment to Monument: The Making and Unmaking of Cultural Significance pp. 85-98
Ann Thompson, Neil Turner (2006) Hamlet: The Texts of 1603 and 1623 (Arden Shakespeare; 3Rev Ed edition) [Scholarly Edition]
Expertise and Public Engagement
I currently teach third-year undergraduate courses in Elizabethan Shakespeare and Jacobean Shakespeare. I also teach two MA courses, one on ‘Hamlet and its afterlife’ and one on ‘Shakespeare and the screen’, and I contribute to MA courses on ‘Working with Early Modern texts’ and dissertation workshops.
I am director of the new London Shakespeare Centre based at King’s and co-organiser of the London Shakespeare Seminar. I am on the Advisory Boards of the journals Shakespeare Survey and Shakespeare (the relatively new journal of the British Shakespeare Association) and the Advisory Board of the International Shakespeare Association (conference committee). I frequently lecture on Shakespeare at conferences and other events in the UK and overseas including, in the last few years, the USA, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Japan and Taiwan.