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Amy Bromilow

Languages and Literature, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Shakespeare and discourses of relevance: Education, Policy, Text, and Performance

My current research is an investigation into how Shakespeare is talked about as being ‘relevant’ by individuals and institutions. ‘Relevant’ is a highly ideologically loaded term that, I argue, is misunderstood and misused (sometimes deliberately) due to lack of theorisation around it. I am using a methodology derived from Critical Discourse Analysis to assess the ideological motivations behind and implications of such discourse across a variety of fields. I aim to theorize new ways of talking about and ‘making’ Shakespeare relevant on stage and screen and in the classroom, providing analysis of performances staged during the timespan of my research utilising this new and informed way of thinking.

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


'"Peace! I will stop your mouth!": A feminist exploration of language and gender in adaptations and appropriations of Much Ado About Nothing', The English Showcase, Wednesday 10 April 2019, The University of Nottingham

'A sociolinguistic analysis of homosocial relations in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew', The Twenty First Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, Friday 7 June 2019, The Shakespeare Institute

Other Research Interests

- Manuscript culture and the history of the book

- Adaptation and popular culture

- Language, gender and sexuality