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Stefania Crowther

I have submitted my thesis, 'James Shirley and the Restoration Stage'. I am interested in popular culture in the seventeenth century, early modern dramatists, receipt books, almanacs, early modern history of medicine, manuscripts and women's writing.

I lecture on the EN228: The Seventeenth Century: The first modern age of English literature; and EN302: European Theatre modules

Seminar tutor for EN112: Modes of Reading; EN101 The Epic Tradition; and EN302 European Theatre

Office hour: 11-12 pm Thursdays H541


Thesis Title: James Shirley and the Restoration Stage

My thesis investigates how and why Shirley's plays were performed after the Restoration. Looking at promptbooks, Restoration reprints of the plays and external evidence such as diaries and theatre records, it aims to use Shirley as a case study to examine the transitions and continuities in pre- and post- Civil War theatre practice. It is funded as part of the James Shirley Complete Works project.

Supervisor: Dr. Teresa Grant 

Department: The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

Funding: AHRC


In the past, I have taught Western Theatre in Context and Theatre History at East 15 School of Acting; and Shakespeare's comedies and histories at the British American Drama Academy,

I have also given public talks on early modern skincare and recipe collections (two of which are available as podcasts, see opposite).

Conference Presentations

University of Warwick, Representing Sovereignty Symposium, Director of 'The Entertainment at Althrop' by Ben Jonson, 13 July 2016

University of York, James Shirley’s Caroline Comedies, Paper: ‘My Soule is Full of Shame and Tears: The Restoration Promptbooks of Love’s Cruelty and The Sisters’, 11 July 2016

Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference, Paper: ‘Inventing the Canon: Restoration Shirley and Shakespeare’, 3 April 2016 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe, The Halved Heart: Shakespeare and Friendship, Paper: ‘Deceitful Shadows: Friendship, Masculine Virtue and Homoeroticism in the Plays of James Shirley’, 18 April 2015

St Catherine’s College, University of Cambridge, Crossroads: Networks, Communication and Exchange in the Early Modern World. Paper: ‘Keeping up with Samuel Tuke: Spanish Commedia on the Restoration Stage’, 30 September 2012

Hampton Court Palace Education Centre, public lecture: ‘Skin Deep: Beauty in the Reign of Charles II’, 10 May 2012 2011 National Gallery Podcast, number fifty one (January 2011) ‘Cosmetics in Van Dyck’s era’,

Wellcome Library, public lecture: ‘The Quest for Perfect Skin’ 17 June and 9 September 2010

Birkbeck College, Revolution and Evolution. Paper: ‘Revolution and Evolution in the Early Modern Literary Marketplace’ 25 July 2009

Birkbeck College, Symposium on Middleton’s A Game at Chess. Organiser and panel chair: ‘Characterisation and Contextualisation: Performing Gondomar’ 28 February 2009

University of Sussex, Text and Image in Early Modern Society. Paper: ‘Almanac or Receipt Book? Sarah Jinner and Women in the Early Modern Public Sphere’ 9-11 September 2008

University of Sussex, Popular Culture in the Early Modern World. Paper: ‘By That Strange Language of the Skies: Astrological Propaganda and the Restoration’ 11-13 September 2007

University of Michigan, Bringing Text Alive: The Future of Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Electronic Publication. Panelist: ‘From Student to Teacher: Electronic Resources in the Classroom’ 15-16 September 2006

Academic Profile

2010-2016: PhD in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick
2006-2009: MA in Renaissance Studies, Birkbeck College, Univeristy of London
2003-2006: BA (hons) Film and Literature, University of Warwick
2002-2003: Certificate of Higher Education in Acting and Theatre, East 15 School of Acting

Beauty in the Reign of Charles II

Hampton Court Palace, Adult Learning event, May 2012

Read a blog post about the talk here

National Gallery Podcast:

What it took to look beautiful in the age of Van Dyck ...