Laura Jayne Wright

Laura Jayne Wright

Stipendiary Lecturer in English

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I teach a broad range of early modern and Restoration literature at University College across the historical period of 1550 to 1760. I also teach Final Honour Schools Paper 1, a study of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and his afterlives. My specialism is drama: I have a particular passion for teaching through action and bringing plays to life through practical experience. I am also passionate about material culture and teaching through objects, and was an Ashmolean Junior Teaching Fellow in 2019.


My work examines the intersections between sensory perception and technologies of performance in early modern drama. I specialize in theatre history, early modern special effects, and audience and affect studies in Shakespeare. My forthcoming monograph examines early modern sound effects and their capacity to unsettle the spatial boundaries of the playhouse. However, my work on the early modern stage does not exist in isolation: I look backwards to the early modern reception of classical drama (especially New Comedy) and forwards to the reception of early modern tragedy in cinema. My first monograph, ‘Sound Effects: Hearing the Early Modern Stage’, is forthcoming with Manchester University Press.

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