Dr Emma K Cole

FHEA, BA(Syd.), MA(U.C.Lond.), PhD(U.C.Lond.)

  • BS8 1TB


Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research interests

I am a scholar of the reception of Greek and Roman literature. My area of expertise lies in the reception of Greek tragedy in contemporary theatre. My first monograph, Postdramatic Tragedies, was published through the Classical Presences series at Oxford University Press in 2019; it analyses receptions of Greek and Roman tragedy that come under the banner of 'postdramatic theatre', and argues that classical tragedy has played a crucial role in the development of the postdramatic, and that the postdramatic provides key insight into the role of tragedy in modernity. I have previously published the co-edited collection Adapting Translation for the Stage (with Geraldine Brodie, for Routledge's Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies series, shortlisted for the 2019 TaPRA prize for editing), alongside articles and chapters on Sarah Kane, Martin Crimp, and Katie Mitchell. I also write for a number of popular publications including The Theatre Times, The Conversation, and Exeunt Magazine.

Throughout 2019-2021 I am completing an AHRC Leadership Fellowship (ECR Route) for the project Punchdrunk on the Classics. The project will pioneer a new direction of research in classical reception regarding the classics and immersivity. The research project builds upon my prior work as academic consultant on Punchdrunk’s Kabeiroi (2017) and involves me being seconded to the theatre company in a knowledge-exchange arrangement. The fellowship will result in a monograph, as well as a series of collaborative events between academics and practitioners on knowledge exchange and the creative industries and the classics and immersivity.

Together with Dr Lyndsay Coo I co-ordinated the Arts Faculty 'Tragedy' Research Cluster (2017-18, 2018-19).

Contact Information

Office: Mezzanine (accessed from level 1), 11 Woodland Road

Email: emma.cole@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: @Emma_Cole1

Consultation Hours: By appointment

Research Supervision

I am currently second supervising a PhD on cognitive approaches to Dionysiac ritual. In the past I have supervised MPhil dissertations on postcolonial receptions of the classics, and the reception of the classics in video games, alongside a range of undergraduate Classics, Classical Studies and joint English/Classical Studies dissertations. I would be happy to discuss research projects on twentieth and twenty-first century literary and theatrical receptions of tragedy and epic.   


I teach in both Liberal Arts and Classics, across all levels of our programmes. From 2019-2021 I am on research leave and am not teaching undergraduate modules.  

I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in October 2016. 

Further Information

Alongside academia, I work as a dramaturg and academic consultant on new writing and classical adaptation projects, and welcome contact from potential collaborators. 

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Emma K Cole is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.


Punchdrunk on the Classics

Cole, E. K.


Project: Research

Research Output

Postdramatic Tragedies

Cole, E., 2019, Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Drama, Reception of

Cole, E. K., 2019, (Submitted) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Performance Reception of Sophocles’ Ajax

Cole, E., 2019, Looking at Ajax. Bloomsbury Academic, p. 151-160

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Activities

    International Journal of Qualitative Methods (Journal)

    Emma K Cole (Editor)


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

    Classical Receptions Journal (Journal)

    Emma K Cole (Editor)


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

    WCC UK ECR Research Dissemination Workshop

    Emma K Cole (Participant)

    10 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference