Adapting the Early Modern - PhD studentship at De Montfort University, Leicester
STARTING OCTOBER 2013
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 15 MARCH 2013
A PhD research studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered for a project that combines early modern literary or theatrical research with recent work on cultural adaptation. Working within the School's Centre for Textual Studies and Centre for Adaptations, the student could explore such areas as how the editing of Shakespeare's works necessarily adapts them for new readers, how Renaissance theatre is represented in films--from the Globe in Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944) to the Curtain in John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998)--or how film portrayals of early modern dramatists such as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and John Webster engage with early modern, modern or postmodern notions of creativity. There is plenty of scope for the project to explore broader concerns of early modern authorship, publication and adaptation.
The Centre for Textual Studies and the Centre for Adaptations at De Montfort University are internationally renowned and united by their concern with what happens to literary writing after it moves beyond the control of the originating author. Both centres have an established tradition of interdisciplinary research with externally funded international collaborations.The successful candidate for this studentship will become part of a highly active community of career-young scholars working on similar projects within a vibrant research culture. Research in the subject area of English at De Montfort University was ranked joint-ninth with English at Cambridge University in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
For a more detailed description of the studentship project please visit our web site or contact Prof Gabriel Egan on +44 (0)116 25 77158 or email
Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2013 and provide a bursary of 13,770 GBP/pa in addition to university tuition fees. To receive an application pack, please contact the Graduate School Office via email at
Completed applications should be returned together with two supporting references. Please quote ref: DMU Research Scholarships 2013