Professor Simon Palfrey
Tutorial Fellow in English
Fellow Librarian and Archivist
Simon grew up in Australia, mainly in Tasmania. He went to Clarence High School and Rosny College, state schools on the less fashionable side of Hobart's Derwent River. From there he went to Australian National University on a National Undergraduate Scholarship, and then to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. After a stint teaching History of Ideas in a foundation course for overseas students at Melbourne University, he worked at the University of Liverpool from 1999, and arrived at Brasenose in 2005.
Much of his research is on Shakespeare and other renaissance drama. Publications in this area include Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words (Oxford, 1997; paperback 2000); Doing Shakespeare (Arden, 2004), a TLS International Book of the Year; a revised and extended 2nd edition of Doing Shakespeare was published in 2011; Shakespeare in Parts (Oxford, 2007, paperback 2010), co-written with Tiffany Stern, awarded the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society prize for best new book; ‘Macbeth and Kierkegaard', Shakespeare Survey 58; ‘The Rape of Marina‘, Shakespeare International Yearbook (2008); Middleton's Presence', in Middleton in Context (Oxford 2011); ‘Ghostly Selections', in Shakespeare and I (Continuum, 2011); ‘Formactions', in Early Modern Theatricality (OUP, 2012). Forthcoming is a book on Romeo and Juliet to be published by Short Books in 2012. He is also the founding editor (with Ewan Fernie) of Shakespeare Now!, a very successful series of innovative ‘minigraphs' published by Continuum. He is now completing a monograph on possible worlds and the multiverse in early modern drama and philosophy. Simon also writes creatively, including a recently completed collaborative novel, Bloodhill, written with Ewan Fernie, substantially excerpted in Crrrritic! (Sussex UP, 2011) and Reinventing the Renaissance (Routledge, forthcoming). He is presently working on a play inspired by Spenser's Faerie Queen, as part of an AHRC-funded project to re-make the poem in new forms for today's audiences. Simon has also been awarded funding to produce a pilot film of the play.
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Click here to read an interview with Professor Palfrey by Olivia Gordon from Oxford Today