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Dr Chloe Porter

Post:Senior Lecturer in English Literature (English)
Other posts:Lecturer in English Literature (Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies)
Location:ARTS B B229

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UK:01273 877126
International:+44 1273 877126

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I studied for my BA, MA and PhD at the University of Manchester. Prior to joining Sussex I lectured at the University of Manchester, Nottingham Trent University and King's College London.

I am a specialist in early modern drama, and have published on playwrights including Shakespeare, Lyly, Greene, Middleton and Webster. My research to date explores relationships between drama and visual and material cultures: I am particularly interested in how drama as a visual medium responds to Reformation thought on the nature and purpose of visual experience. Branching out from this focus, I am also fascinated by how early modern religion shapes dramatists’ ideas about the function of plays and performance, especially in the context of antitheatrical attacks on playing.

My first monograph, Making and Unmaking in Early Modern English Drama: Spectators, Aesthetics and Incompletion (Manchester University Press, 2013), asked why playwrights are so obsessed with unfinished images and processes of making (drawing, painting, tailoring; carving in wood, stone, bronze and wax). The book investigates what ‘incomplete’ and ‘unfinished’ mean in post-Reformation contexts and argues that the idea of completion has transgressive associations for Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Through my research on attitudes to ‘making’ in the plays I have developed a further interest in creation and origins myths in early modern drama. In this vein I have published an article in Textual Practice on the prosthetic nature of origins stories in John Lyly’s The Woman in the Moon. This work overlaps with my broader interest in corporeality and depictions of the making, shaping and transformation of bodies in early modern literature.

I currently supervise a CHASE-funded PhD student working on virginity in early modern English drama. I welcome PhD proposals on any aspect of early modern English drama and literature, and especially on the following: Shakespeare, Lyly, Marlowe; Greene, Middleton; drama and visual / material cultures; drama and religion; antitheatricality; spectatorship / audiences, aesthetics, idolatry, iconoclasm; histories of vision and materiality; word and image debates; the body, gender, anthropomorphism, animality, automata, ‘things’ and the posthuman. 




Senior Lecturer in English Literature 1500-1700