PhD Candidate, Queen’s
Office: Watson 432
Early modern English drama and poetry, early modern animal studies, Philip Sidney, Shakespeare, the blazon in poetry and performance, court masque and performance, revenge tragedy, horses and horsemanship in early modern Europe, and late nineteenth-century anti-vivisectionist literature.
I am in the fifth year of my PhD and my dissertation project explores pre-Cartesian conceptions of animals and animality in early modern English poetry and prose, with particular focus on the works of Sir Philip Sidney. My interest in the relationship between human and nonhuman animals began with a project on early modern medicine and anatomy theatre that developed into a study of dissection, the history of animal rights, and the anti-vivisectionist writings of Frances Power Cobbe and Wilkie Collins. In addition my animal studies projects, my research has also included examinations of women’s bodies in Jacobean tragedy, theories of fragmentation and humanist pedagogy, and early modern magic and witchcraft in relation to language and theatrical performance.