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Dr Adam Hansen

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Department: Humanities

Dr Adam Hansen is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and joined Northumbria in 2007.

ADSS Adamhansen Staffprofile 255After a BA at Oxford and an MA and PhD at York, I taught at several universities (York, Oxford, Queen's Belfast), and abroad (in Poland and Macedonia), before coming to Northumbria in 2007.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 411

0191 243 7193


BA (Oxon), MA (York), PhD (York), PGCHET (Queen's University Belfast)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research looks at location, dislocation, and appropriation in the early modern period and beyond. I am fascinated by how writers engage with specific historical and geographical locations, and how modern thinking and cultural reworkings can revive or revise these locations and engagements. This has motivated my work on literature and urban environments, yet I am also interested in exploring how literature represents mobility and placelessness.  In addition to authoring and editing research on this material, I have published a monograph relating two of my passions, entitled Shakespeare and Popular Music (Continuum, 2010).

Current/Recent Projects

I convene Shakespeare Club at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society. This is a public reading group at which all are welcome. On the first Thursday of the month we discuss a Shakespeare play, following the order given in the 1623 First Folio. Please contact me for information about this, or follow us on Twitter @Shakesclub. As part of the commemorations of Shakespeare’s death, in 2016 I curated an exhibition at the Lit and Phil, hosted a conference titled ‘Shakespeare in the North’, and organised a series of public talks on the theme of ‘Shakespeare Now’.

Postgraduate Supervision

At Northumbria and elsewhere I have supervised MA and PhD students in literature and Creative Writing on topics such as contemporary appropriations of Shakespeare, Shakespeare and music, representations of service in medieval and early modern literature, post-punk aesthetics, and the literary depiction of itinerants. I warmly welcome enquiries from potential candidates wishing to examine culture in relation to location, dislocation, and appropriation, in the early modern period and beyond.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Society for Renaissance Studies

Member of the British Shakespeare Association



Shakespeare and Popular Music (Continuum, 2010).

Edited Collections

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

Shakespearean Echoes, eds. Adam Hansen and Kevin J. Wetmore (Palgrave, 2015).

Litpop: Writing and Popular Music, eds. Adam Hansen and Rachel Carroll (Ashgate, 2014).

Shakespeare in the North: Place, Politics and Performance (in preparation, to be submitted to press 2017-18).

Articles, Chapters and Introductions

‘The Politics of Popular Music in Contemporary Shakespearean Performance’, in Shakespeare, Music, Performance, eds. David Lindley and Bill Barclay (Cambridge UP, 2017).

‘The Look of Love? Pornography and The White Devil’s ‘terrible vision’’, in The White Devil: A Critical Reader, eds. Adam Hansen and Paul Frazer (Bloomsbury, 2016).

‘The Sound of the City: Everard Guilpin’s Skialetheia’, in Cultural Histories of Noise, Sound and Listening in Europe, 1300-1918, eds. Ian Biddle and Kirsten Gibson (Routledge, 2016).

‘Dickens and the ‘Vagabond Savage’’, in Travelling Notions of Culture, ed. Hannu Salmi (Routledge, 2016).

‘Shakespeare in the North: Regionalism, Culture and Power’ (with Monika Smialkowska), in Shakespeare on the Global Stage: Performance and Festivity in the Olympic Year, eds. Paul Prescott and Erin Sullivan (Bloomsbury, 2015).

‘‘Give me my sin again’: Disco Does Shakespeare, in Shakespearean Echoes, eds. Adam Hansen and Kevin J. Wetmore (Palgrave, 2015).

‘‘Our histories could fill a megastore’: Paul Farley in Conversation with Adam Hansen’, in Litpop: Writing and Popular Music, eds. Adam Hansen and Rachel Carroll (Ashgate, 2014).

‘Shakespeare in the North’ (with Monika Smialkowska), Olympic Shakespeares, eds. Paul Edmondson, Paul Prescott and Erin Sullivan (Arden, 2013).

 ‘Shakespeare vs. The BNP’, in Teaching Literature and Politics, eds. Deborah Phillips and Katy Shaw (Palgrave, 2013).

‘Marlowe and the Critics’, in Christopher Marlowe in Context, eds. Emily Bartels and Emma Smith (Cambridge UP, 2013).

‘Cities in Late Shakespeare’, in Late Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts, eds. Andrew Power and Rory Loughnane (Cambridge UP, 2012).

‘Shakespeare and Popular Music’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, eds. Mark Burnett, Ramona Wray and Adrian Streete (Edinburgh UP, 2011).

‘London and its Others in Timon of Athens’, Shakespeare Jahrbuch 147 (2011).

Philological Quarterly – Guest Edited Special Issue: Early Modern Dis/Locations (2011).

The Journal of Narrative Theory – Guest Edited Special Issue: Narrating Cities (2010).

‘‘Now, now the door was down’: Dickens and Excarceration, 1841-2’, in Stones of Law, Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age, eds. Jan Alber and Frank Lauterbach (University of Toronto Press, 2009).  Reviewed in Dickens Quarterly (June 2010).

‘Exhibiting Vagrancy in Victorian London’, in A Mighty Mass of Brick and Smoke: Victorian and Edwardian Representations of London, ed. Lawrence Phillips (Rodopi, 2007).

Introduction to Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry IV (Cambridge UP, 2007).

‘Shakespeare and the City’, Blackwell Literature Compass 4 (April 2007).

‘Sin City and the ‘Urban Condom’: Rogues, Writing, and the Early Modern Urban Environment’, in Rogues and Early Modern Literary Culture: A Critical Anthology, eds. Craig Dionne and Steve Mentz. University of Michigan Press (2004).  Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement (March 2005).

‘Criminal conversations: Rogues, words, and the world in the work of Daniel Defoe’, Literature and History 13/2 (Autumn 2004).

‘Realizing Rogues: Theory, Organization, Dialogue’, ephemera: theory and politics in organization 4 (4) (November 2004) [Accessible online: click here].

‘Exhibiting Vagrancy, 1851: Victorian London and the “Vagabond Savage”’, in Literary London Journal, 2:2 (2004) [Accessible online: click here].

‘Senses of Unending in the Work of Sir John Davies’, Folia Litteraria Anglica: Studies in English and American Literature, 10 (2004).

‘‘Some falls are means the happier to arise’: Processes of Jeopardy in Shakespeare’s Late Plays’, Folia Litteraria Anglica: Studies in English and American Literature, 8 (2002).

Further Information

  • Follow Shakesclub on Twitter: @Shakesclub
  • To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here


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