Dr Lucy Munro
Reader in Early Modern English Literature (Drama)
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King's College London
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Research interests and PhD supervision
Dr Lucy Munro took her BA in English Language and Literature at Manchester University, moving to King’s College London for her MA and PhD. She worked at the University of Reading and Keele University, where she taught for the English, Film and Media degree programmes, before returning to King’s in September 2013.
She is Secretary of the Marlowe Society of America, Publicity Officer for the Malone Society, and a member of the Architecture Research Group at Shakespeare’s Globe and the steering group of the London Renaissance Seminar.
The thread that runs through Dr Munro’s research is an interest in the dynamic relationship between old and new in literary cultures and their afterlives. As a scholar and teacher of early modern literature, she is often concerned with presenting old texts to new audiences. Moreover, her research has dealt explicitly with questions such as: the place of youth in early modern theatre; the function of outmoded style in early modern literary culture; the revival and reshaping of old plays in performance; and the role of ageing and memory in the theatre.
She has published two books to date. The first, Children of the Queen’s Revels: A Jacobean Theatre Repertory (Cambridge University Press, 2005), focused on the most prominent of the children’s playing companies of early modern London - the ‘little eyases’ of Shakespeare’s Hamlet - examining the company’s history and their involvement in crucial developments in dramatic genre in the early 17th century. The second, Archaic Style in Early Modern Literature, 1590-1674 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), is a study of the ways in which early modern writers use linguistic, poetic or dramatic styles that would have seemed old-fashioned to their first audiences or readers. Looking at the works of canonical figures such as Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser and Jonson alongside those of Robert Southwell, Anna Trapnel, William Cartwright and others, it argues that the attempts of writers to reconstruct outmoded styles within their own works reveal a largely untold story about the workings of literary influence and tradition, the interactions between past and present, and the uncertain contours of English nationhood.
Dr Munro would be happy to supervise PhD research in any area of early modern studies, including textual and performance studies. She has particular interests in drama of the period 1580-1660 and its afterlives on stage and screen, literary style and genre theory, literature and ageing, and childhood studies.
For more detail, please see Lucy's full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement
- Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1674 (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
- ‘The Alchemist: Stage History’, in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, electronic edition, gen. ed. David Bevington, Martin Butler and Ian Donaldson (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013)
- ‘“O Read me for I am of Great Antiquity”: Old Books and Elizabethan Popularity’, in The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England, ed. Andy Kesson and Emma Smith (Ashgate, 2013)
- ‘The Early Modern Repertory and the Performance of Shakespeare’s Contemporaries Today’, in Performing Early Modern Drama Today, ed. Kathryn Prince and Pascale Aebischer (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- ‘“They eat each others’ arms”: Stage Blood and Body Parts’, in Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance, ed. Farah Karim-Cooper and Tiffany Stern (Arden Shakespeare, 2012)
Dr Munro has worked extensively with theatre organisations such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme. She also reviews books and theatre productions for The Times Literary Supplement. Recent public engagement events and interactions include:
- ‘Patronage and the Theatre’, a symposium on the role of patronage in contemporary theatre involving theatre-makers, producers, funders, institutions, critics and scholars, organised by Aoife Monks and Christopher Cook at Birkbeck College, University of London (May 2013);
- ‘Setting the Scene’ lectures at Shakespeare’s Globe on Doctor Faustus, Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream;
- Consultancy on the design of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as a member of the Architecture Research Group of Shakespeare’s Globe.
She would be happy to talk to the media on any issues connecting with her research or teaching.