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Dr Eleanor K Rycroft

BA(Sus.), MA(Sus.), DPhil(Sus.)

  • BS8 1UP

20082020

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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a theatre historian of early English and Scottish drama, and my research often involves practical explorations of early modern plays. I have worked on major collaborative projects that have staged theatre in the historic sites of Hampton Court, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace, and Lancaster Castle, including the AHRC-funded 'Staging the Henrician Court' and 'Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court'.

I have a special interest in gender and its relationship to ideologies of manhood during the period. My monograph - Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama, Routledge, 2019) - concerns the role of beards in the construction of masculinities on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stage. My next research project will investigate the staging of walking in early modern theatre.

My work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Medieval English TheatreEarly TheatreJournal of the Northern Renaissance and Shakespeare Bulletin, and has been published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Wiley-Blackwell, and Ashgate. I have written on material cultures and spatial practices of the early modern stage, hair and beards in travel literature, theatre at the court of Henry VIII, early Tudor and Stewart drama, practice-based research as a research methodology, and the historical performance of witchcraft.

 

External positions

Chair of Honorary Fellowships Committee, British Shakespeare Association

Jul 2019 → …

Trustee, Elected Trustee of British Shakespeare Association

Oct 2017 → …

Editorial Board (Performance), Digital Renaissance Editions

2013 → …

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Research Output

“Whither will you walk, my Lord?” : Promenading, PAR, and place-realism

Rycroft, E. K., 1 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : London Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Does the beard maketh the man?

Rycroft, E., 15 Sep 2019

Research output: Other contribution

Emilia at Shakespeare's Globe

Rycroft, E., 24 Jan 2019, Shakespeare Bulletin, 36, 4, p. 704 707 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review (Specialist Publication)

Activities

New Directions in Early Modern Drama

Eleanor Rycroft (Organiser)

2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Persona Studies (Journal)

Eleanor Rycroft (Editor)

2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

British Shakespeare Association (External organisation)

Eleanor Rycroft (Advisor)

2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation