Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham
My research examines how the applied physical, psychical, and phenomenological plague-time ‘prophylactic’ boundaries condition space within early modern London. As theatre offers a locus for sharing the human experience, creative interactions with plague-time prevention may offer crucial insights into how plague spatial orders were understood, assimilated, and experienced. These latent experiences will be engaged with through examining how applied defensive boundaries, such as quarantine, reorient the spatial paradigms within the early modern playhouse space itself, and the conceptual worlds within its drama. My aim is to explore these dramatic articulations of plague-time space and their interactions with the material performance space, as alert and critical models of contemporary prophylactic practice, and as extant cultural records of a largely unknown early modern experience.