Jennifer joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in Film Studies in 2014. She specialises in the twentieth and twenty-first century performance of early modern drama on stage and screen. She has a particular interest in stardom and its relationship to contemporary adaptations of early modern drama in the theatre and in the cinema as well as in the intersection between Shakespeare and popular culture more generally.
Jennifer’s research interests are reflected in her teaching and she offers two honours modules dedicated to the history of early modern drama in performance. The first of these, Staging Cultures: Renaissance to Restoration Theatre, examines the development of the professional theatre industry in early modern London. The second, Shakespearean Stars: the Corpus on Screen, examines the representation of the Shakespearean star body on and off screen, engaging with twentieth and twenty-first century concepts of celebrity and stardom alongside critical and theoretical conceptions of the body in early modern and contemporary thought. Alongside these specialised modules Jennifer also teaches across a range of film studies modules, contributing to introductory courses on film studies and global film history as well as modules on the development of Classic Hollywood cinema and film noir. For further information on all of these modules please follow the links below.
- EN11003: Reading the Screen
- EN12005: Perspectives and Movements in Cinema
- EN21003: Classic Hollywood Cinema
- EN22004: Film Noir
- EN32020: Film Art
- EN31024: Staging Cultures: Renaissance to Restoration Theatre
- EN41028: Shakespearean Stars: the Corpus on Screen
Shakespearean Star: Laurence Olivier and National Cinema (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
‘Shakespearean Auteurs: Laurence Olivier.’ Shakespeare Bulletin 34.3 (2016): 487-491.
‘“Posterity is dispossessed”: Laurence Olivier’s Macbeth manuscripts in 1958 and 2012.’ Shakespeare Bulletin 30:3 (2012): 263-297
Jennifer’s research is strongly interdisciplinary, bringing together the fields of early modern performance studies, contemporary film and theatre studies and star studies. She is interested in cultural constructions and appropriations of ‘Shakespeare’ and in how – and why – these constructions are mobilised through the images of star performers. This was the subject of her first monograph, Shakespearean Star: Laurence Olivier and National Cinema (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Her next collaborative project, Shakespearean Couples, extends this line of enquiry, interrogating productive overlaps between popular culture and early modern culture and incorporating emerging interest in the study of celebrity couples developed in other subject areas. Future plans include a further book project focused on Shakespeare and twentieth century film and theatre.