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.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
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
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.
Munro, L., 21 Jul 2022, In: Notes and Queries. 69, 3, p. 222-228 7 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjac076
Munro, L., 21 Jul 2022, In: Notes and Queries. 69, 3, p. 228-231 4 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjac075
Munro, L. (ed.), Giddens, E. (ed.), Shirley, J. & Grant, T. (ed.), 14 Mar 2022, The Complete Works of James Shirley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Vol. 7. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Munro, L., Mar 2022, Playing and Playgoing in Early Modern England. Smith, S. & Whipday, E. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 104-121 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/doi:10.1017/9781108773775.008
Munro, L., 10 Feb 2022, The Changeling: The State of Play. McMullan, G. & Stage, K. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, p. 179-196 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350174405.ch-009
Munro, L., 1 Jan 2022, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Music. Oxford University Press, p. 336-355 20 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190945145.013.11
Munro, L. (ed.) & Massai, S. (ed.), 22 Apr 2021, London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. 272 p. Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review
Munro, L. C., 28 Dec 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: SHAKESPEARE QUARTERLY. 0, 0, 23 p., quaa013. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/sq/quaa013
Munro, L., Jul 2020, In: Early Theatre. 21, 1, p. 109 126 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.12745/et.23.1.4165
Munro, L., 16 Apr 2020, London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. 272 p. (Shakespeare in the Theatre) Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review