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Biography

Dr Amy Lidster received her first degree in English Literature from the University of London in 2013, an MA in English (Shakespeare in History) from University College London in 2014, and a PhD in English Literature from King’s College London in 2017, which was funded by the AHRC. During the 2017/18 academic year, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at King’s and as a Lecturer at Brunel University. In September 2018, Amy joined King’s as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a Leverhulme-funded project called Wartime Shakespeare: The Fashioning of Public Opinion through Performance. She was also appointed as the Society for Renaissance Studies’ Postdoctoral Fellow for 2018/19. 

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Early modern print and manuscript culture
  • Early modern drama
  • Book history, bibliographic studies, editing
  • The negotiation and circulation of ideas of history and historiography throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Amy’s principal research interests are in Shakespeare and early modern literature, with an emphasis on the conditions of theatrical and textual production. She is preparing her first monograph, Publishing Histories: The history play in the age of Shakespeare, which explores the relationship between the publishing of history plays and the different ways in which these plays were read and used during the early modern period. It shows how the agendas of publishers and publication networks involving dramatists, patrons, and theatrical companies reveal why certain history plays survive and how they were defined, interpreted, and applied by their readers to contemporary political contexts. As an SRS Postdoctoral Fellow, Amy is also developing a project called Challenging authorship and authority in early modern playbook paratexts. This project examines ideas of authorship, authority, and authorization as they are presented in the paratexts of plays published in England between 1584 and 1660. Further details can be found through the SRS.

As part of Amy’s work on Wartime Shakespeare, she is working on a second monograph about how Shakespeare’s plays have been used in performance to inform and mobilize public opinion during periods of war from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Her research investigates the position of Shakespeare’s plays as part of wartime propaganda over the longue durée, showing how these appropriations relate to narratives of conflict, to developments in war reporting, to Shakespeare’s changing cultural capital as a figure of national and global significance, and to popular attitudes towards war efforts. 

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Teaching

Amy teaches modules on early modern literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Expertise and Public Engagement

In 2017, Amy was selected as one of the ‘Youths That Thunder’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. She was invited to present her research at the Globe as part of an annual event that is designed to bring new scholars and developments in the field to the general public. Her introductory blog can be read here.

Amy would be happy to be contacted by the media on any issues related to her research.

Publications 

  • ‘Challenging monarchical legacies in Edward III and Henry V’  (2019)
  • ‘At the Sign of the Angel: The influence of Andrew Wise on Shakespeare in print’ (2018)
  • ‘Shakespeare and the Implications of Paratextual Attribution’ (2018)
  • ‘Shakespeare at War’ (2018)
  • ‘Publishing King Lear (1608) at the Sign of the Pied Bull’ (forthcoming)
  • The Reign of King Edward III (forthcoming)
  • Publishing Histories: The history play in the age of Shakespeare (in preparation)

Access a full list of publications by Dr Amy Lidster.