Dr Jennifer Barnes

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I came to Dundee in 2014 following two years as a Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, where I also completed my PhD. Prior to this I worked for the Bristol Old Vic and my passion for theatre and theatrical cultures continues to inform my research and teaching.


My research focuses on Shakespeare, and appropriations of Shakespeare, on stage and screen from the Restoration period through to contemporary performance, with a special interest in theories of stardom and celebrity. My first monograph, Shakespearean Star: Laurence Olivier and National Cinema, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017 and I am currently in the preliminary stages of work on a new research project: Richard Burton: Shakespeare, Stardom and Archives of Performance. Alongside this, I am collaborating with colleagues and students at Dundee and Angus College on a cultural recovery venture connected to the historic Theatre Royal, Dundee.

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My teaching is underpinned by my research and at honours level I teach related modules in theatre history (‘Renaissance to Restoration Theatre’) and cinematic Shakespeare (‘Shakespearean Stars’). At sub-honours level I co-convene and teach our Film Studies modules including ‘Classic Hollywood Cinema’ and ‘National Cinemas’; I also lecture on Shakespeare for ‘Introduction to Literary Study’ and ‘Approaches to Reading’. I contribute to our Film Studies MLitt and am currently developing an MLitt in Acting and Performance in collaboration with institutional and industrial partners in Dundee.