Eoin Price book coverI am a Lecturer in English Literature specializing in the politics of playing and playgoing in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century London and in the afterlives of plays from this period in later centuries including our own. I am the author of ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ Playhouses in Renaissance England (Palgrave, 2015) and I am currently co-editing a collection of essays entitled English Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Domesticity for Manchester University Press. My next solo-project, Early Modern Drama and the Jacobean Aesthetic,queries the entrenched association of Jacobean theatre with lurid violence. In 2018 I received a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship to undertake archival work on this project. My work has also been recognized by my university, who have named me as one of seven Florence Mockeridge fellows.

I am actively involved with several major academic societies. I am the principal organizer of the 2019 British Shakespeare Association Conference which will take place at Swansea’s Singleton campus in July 2019. I am also a council member of the Society of Renaissance Studies for whom I act as the Welsh Representative and I am the theatre editor of the Marlowe Society of America Newsletter.

Areas of Expertise

  • Renaissance drama
  • Jacobean drama
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre history
  • Book history


  1. Price, E. War Without Shakespeare: Reading Shakespearian Absence, 1642-1649 (Ed.), Shakespeare Survey 75 85 Cambridge University Press
  2. Price, E. Why was The Knight of the Burning Pestle Revived? Shakespeare Bulletin 37 1 47 66
  3. Price, E. 'Public' and 'Private' Playhouses in Renaissance England: The Politics of Publication Basingstoke Palgrave
  4. Price, E. 'The Politics of Privacy and the Renaissance Public Stage' Literature Compass 12 7 311 321
  5. Price, E. ‘Marlowe in Miniature: Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Children of the Chapel Royal’ (Ed.), Christopher Marlowe, Theatrical Commerce and the Book Trade 41 55 Cambridge University Press

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  • EN-119 The Stage Play World

    The Stage Play World is an introductory module which combines an overview of performance history -- from classical Greek theatre to the present-day stage presentations -- with the development of reading and analytical skills. The module teaches students how to read and understand a stage script and then moves on to a consideration of how to analyse what is being read. The course also teaches students how to argue persuasively from that analysis. The module has been designed to emphasise the continuous development of drama, together with its links to social and historical events and to movements in other forms of art and literature. There are a number of set texts, with additional extracts that will be considered in lectures.

  • EN-242 Contentious Shakespeare

    Shakespeare is often figured as a universal writer who tells us something essential about the human condition; he has been imagined as both a national poet and the world¿s dramatist. But can Shakespeare really be universal? This module invites students to rethink many of the standard assumptions about Shakespeare. The writer Ben Jonson described as the `sweet swan of Avon¿ was also responsible for plays of horrifying violence and his drama reflects, in unsettling ways, on issues of gender, race, and class. Students will explore five controversial Shakespeare plays: The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Tempest. Lectures and seminars introduce the plays in their disturbing complexity: Shakespeare emerges as a deeply equivocal presence in literary and theatrical history. Taking into account the important work of feminist and postcolonial criticism, this module addresses both the radical potential and the frequently conservative application of Shakespeare¿s plays.

  • EN-3052 Sex and Death: Jacobean Drama

    Jacobean drama is famous for its obsession with sex and death. The plays of this period trade in adultery, murder, subterfuge, and slander. Students will study five plays in their differing historical contexts, reading drama against the backdrop of major political and cultural events such as the succession of James I, the Gunpowder Plot, and the various sex scandals which rocked the court. Students will leave the module with a fuller sense of the theatrical scene in seventeenth-century England: the module examines plays performed both indoors and outdoors, by boy companies as well as by men, and considers women's closet drama in addition to professional plays. Students will read these core texts next to a range of different kinds of sources including masques, pageants, ballads, and libel poetry and will be trained in how to use electronic resources such as Early English Books Online.

  • EN-M31 Dissertation

    Individual project devised and defined in discussion between supervisor and student.

  • EN-M41 Research Practice in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English

    Supervised project on research methodology in practice. Students build a detailed bibliographical plan for their MA dissertation project.

  • EN-M79 After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation

    This module begins in the seventeenth century and ends in the present day as it traces the stage and screen afterlife of Shakespeare¿s Scottish play. By turns familiar and strange, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most commonly performed plays yet it takes a horrible delight in the weird and the supernatural. Accordingly, the module invites students to consider the enduring strangeness of Macbeth as it has captured the imagination of writers, actors, and directors, in a variety of cultures and contexts, across the last four centuries. Whether revisiting the events of Shakespeare¿s play or continuing the narrative beyond the expected endpoint, the plays and films discussed in this module bear the marks of Shakespeare¿s Macbeth. Yet Shakespeare¿s Macbeth also bears the marks of Thomas Middleton, since it exists to us only in an adapted form. The study of adaptation is therefore necessary to the study of Macbeth as it offers continued ways of rethinking our most fundamental assumptions about Shakespeare and his place in contemporary culture.

  • EN-M80 Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English

    This module is designed to introduce you to key practical and conceptual tools necessary for scholarship at Master¿s level and beyond. The aim is for you to gain the competencies and confidence to complete and enjoy the degree. In a seminar and occasional workshop format, you will practise a range of core professional research skills. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own learning and academic development to become a more independent and self-directed lifelong learner. You will produce a Portfolio of assessed work. These activities will support your work in other MA modules, particularly EN-M41 Research Practice and your EN-M31 Dissertation, while also equipping you with a set of transferable skills that are highly valued by many employers.


  • Women, Empowerment and the Natural World in Medieval Literature 1200-1500. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Roberta Magnani
    Other supervisor: Dr Eoin Price
    Other supervisor: Prof Liz Herbert Mcavoy