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Dr Paul Frazer

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Department: Humanities

Paul joined Northumbria in 2012.

From 2002-2010 I completed my BA, MA, and PhD at Queen's University Belfast. Having worked within learning development for several years, I was employed as a Teaching Assistant and Writing Skills Trainer for postgraduate research students at QUB after completing my doctoral thesis. I joined Northumbria in 2012.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 416

0191 227 3120


  • BA (Hons) English
  • MA Early Modern English Literature
  • PhD Early Modern English Literature (Queen's University, Belfast)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My main area of research is early modern drama, with particular focus upon issues of religious, political and national identity.  I work on representations of mobility (physical and abstract) in the works of William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker and John Webster.  My published research has focused on theatrical and print representations of itinerancy, vagrancy, acting, wandering and pilgrimage.  Whilst my immediate interests centre upon Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, I also have interests in early Tudor translation and post-reform propaganda.

I am currently writing a monograph under the working title ‘Mobility and Religious Identity in Early Modern Drama’; and I am co-editing a Manchester Revels critical edition of Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton’s Gorboduc or the Tragedy of Ferrex and Porrex (entitled ‘Gorboduc and Other Political Texts’).

I have taught widely on early modern literature at all levels of university study.  Whilst the bulk of my experience relates closely to my research, I have also taught modules focused upon literary theory, biblical and classical adaptation, contemporary fiction, and film.

Funding and Prizes

2007-2010: AHRC PhD full award

2006-2007: AHRC MA full award

Key Publications

Gorboduc and Other Political Texts, eds. Paul Frazer and Harriet Archer (Manchester Revels: forthcoming 2018).

“Grotesque Tragedy: John Webster’s The White Devil”, New Directions in Early Modern Tragedy, eds. Dan Cadman, Andrew Duxfield and Lisa Hopkins (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2017).

“Unbridled Selfhood in The White Devil: Webster’s use of Calvin and Montaigne”, The White Devil: A Critical Reader, eds. Paul Frazer and Adam Hansen (London: Arden Bloomsbury, 2016), 133-154.

The White Devil: A Critical Reader, eds. Paul Frazer and Adam Hansen (London: Arden Bloomsbury, 2016).

“Moving with Marlowe (& Co.): Relocation, Appropriation, and Personation in Thomas Dekker’s Shoemaker’s Holiday”, Marlowe Studies: An Annual 5 (2015): 37-60.

"Protestant Propaganda and Regional Paranoia: John Awdeley and Early Elizabethan Print Culture", Region, Religion, and Renaissance Literature, ed. David Coleman (London and New York: Routledge, 2013), 13-30.

"Itinerant Identities: England Walking Low in Henry IV", Shakespeare 9 (2013): 1-20.

"Performing Places in Thomas Dekker's Old Fortunatus", Philological Quarterly Special Issue 89.4 (2010): 457-480.

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