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Dr Richard O'Brien


Department: Humanities


English Literature PhD December 06 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Bloody Mess, O'Brien, R. 1 Dec 2014
  • Dragons of the Prime, O'Brien, R. 2019
  • The Emmores, O'Brien, R., Wright, E. 28 Jan 2014
  • The Bard-baiting Model in Upstart Crow and Something Rotten, O'Brien, R. 1 Apr 2020, Shakespeare and his Biographical Afterlives, New York, Berghahn Books
  • “Every Man According to the Squip”, O'Brien, R. 1 Mar 2020, Critical Insights , Amenia, Grey House/Salem Press
  • 'I Know My Clay', O'Brien, R. 4 Oct 2019, In: Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
  • ‘We are folk / Who understand unhampered language best’, O'Brien, R. 23 Sep 2019, In: Coup de Théâtre
  • ‘Married at First Sight and the Elizabethan Sonnet Sequence: A TV Literature Experiment.’, O'Brien, R., Nicholls, J. 3 Mar 2019, Television Series as Literature , Palgrave
  • Community and Conflict, O'Brien, R. 12 Dec 2018, In: Connotations
  • Adapting Jonson, O'Brien, R. Dec 2020, Ben Jonson and Posterity , New York, Cambridge University Press

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Over the last ten years I’ve published poems on a range of subjects, from romance to domestic space to internet shock images to weird experiments with dolphins. My pamphlets have come out, or are forthcoming, with The Emma Press, Valley Press, and Broken Sleep Books, and I’m working towards a full collection. In 2017, I was one of six winners of the Society of Authors’ Eric Gregory Awards for a collection of poems by an author under thirty. I also write for children, for theatre, and as an academic critic, focused on Shakespeare and early modern literature, and their reception by contemporary creators and audiences. My practice-led PhD research was on Shakespeare and the development of verse drama. 

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