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Dr Rebecca Bailey

Biography

My teaching and research interests lie in early modern English literature, theatre history, modern drama and textual editing. My monograph 'Staging the Old Faith: Queen Henrietta Maria and the Theatre of Caroline England, 1625-1642' (Manchester University Press, 2009) explores Caroline theatre as a space which energetically engages with the explosive religious and political concerns of that cultural moment.

I have contributed critical essays on the playwright James Shirley to 'The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature' (general editors Garret A. Sullivan and Alan Stewart, Blackwell Publishing, 2012) and 'James Shirley: New Cultural Perspectives' (Ashgate, 2016). I have published articles on the poet and dramatist William Habington, ‘“Staging a Queene Opprest”: William Habington’s Exploration of the Politics of Queenship on the Caroline Stage’, Theatre Journal, 65, 2, (May 2013).

Currently, I am working on a modern edition of James Shirley’s 'The Young Admiral' for the AHRC funded 'The Complete Works of James Shirley' (general editors, Eugene Giddens, Teresa Grant and Barbara Ravelhofer, Oxford University Press). Also, I am involved with a project considering Britain’s relationship with the sea in the early modern period and was delighted to present a paper at the National Maritime Museum’s conference 'The Emergence of a Maritime Nation: Britain in the Tudor and Stuart Age, 1485-1714' (July 2015).

Before taking up a Lectureship in English Literature at Liverpool John Mooores University (2015), I lectured at the University of Gloucestershire, Bath Spa University and Goldsmiths College, University of London. Additionally, I have worked at the BBC as a Broadcast Media Researcher. I studied my BA (Hons) in English Literature at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford and continued my studies at London University, undertaking an MA in Renaissance Literature at Royal Holloway College and a PhD at Birkbeck College.

Degrees

2003, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom, PhD
1996, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, MA: Milton and his Age (Distinction)
1995, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, BA: Hons English Literature

Publications

Highlighted publications

Bailey RA. 2016. 'A "Conflict More Fierce Than Many Thousand Battles": Staging the Politics of Treason and Allegiance in James Shirley's Maritime Plays, "The Young Admiral" and "The Court Secret". Ravelhofer B. :72-85

Other

Bailey RA. 2016. 'A "Conflict More Fierce Than Many Thousand Battles": Staging the Politics of Treason and Allegiance in James Shirley's Maritime Plays, "The Young Admiral" and "The Court Secret". Ravelhofer B. :72-85

Book Reviews

Bailey RA. 2014. Eva Griffiths, 'A Jacobean Company and its Playhouse: The Queen’s Servants at the Red Bull Theatre (c. 1605- 1619)', Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. The Seventeenth Century, 29

Journal Articles

Bailey RA. 2013. William habington (1605-1654): New biographical information from a previously unremarked upon document Notes and Queries, 60 :40-41 >DOI

Bailey RA. 2013. 'Staging "a Queene opprest": William Habington's Exploration of the Politics of Queenship on the Caroline Stage'. Theatre Journal, 65 :197-214 >DOI

Bailey RA. 2012. James Shirley Sullivan GA, Stewart A.

Books

Bailey RA. 2009. Staging the old faith Queen Henrietta Maria and the theatre of Caroline England, 1625-42 Manchester Univ Pr

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Conference organisation:

Conference name: The First Playhouse in Drury Lane: A Symposium on the Cockpit Phoenix, Position: Organiser, URL: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-first-playhouse-in-drury-lane-a-symposium-on-the-cockpit-phoenix-tickets-34273459841

Professional activities

Conference organisation:

Conference name: The First Playhouse in Drury Lane: A Symposium on the Cockpit Phoenix, Position: Organiser, URL: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-first-playhouse-in-drury-lane-a-symposium-on-the-cockpit-phoenix-tickets-34273459841

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: 'Th'art given a name / To the English Phoenix': James Shirley and the Cockpit-Phoenix Stage'., Conference title: The first playhouse on Drury Lane: A symposium at the Cockpit-Phoenix, Place/location of conference: London Metropolitan Archives, Presentation type: Co-organised this conference as well.

External PGR examinations performed:

Name of University: University of Gloucestershire, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: The Whole Play of Parts: A Study of Cued Parts in English Renaissance Drama, 1590-1620

Fellowships:

Test: A collaboration with Professor Julie Sanders (University of Newcastle), Fellowship title: LJMU Collaborative Research Fellowship Scheme, Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University, Test: The aim is to work on literary geography in North West England

Membership of professional bodies:

Shakespeare North Community Engagement Group, This is a group associated with Shakespeare North which engages with the local community in Prescot, Knowsley, where the Shakespeare North Theatre will be built., http://www.shakespearenorth.org/

Society for Renaissance Studies, This is the main academic organisation in Britain for people interested in all aspects of the Renaissance, http://www.rensoc.org.uk/

Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, Based at University College, London, https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/tag/centre-for-early-modern-exchanges/

London Renaissance Society, Based at Birkbeck College, University of London, http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/research_seminars/lrs

Other invited event:

Title of event: 'The First Playhouse in Drury Lane: a Symposium on the Cockpit-Phoenix', Location: London Metropolitan Archives, Description: I am co-organising this event at the London Metropolitan archives: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-first-playhouse-in-drury-lane-a-symposium-on-the-cockpit-phoenix-tickets-34273459841 This symposium will mark the 400th anniversary year of a famous riot at this, the first playhouse in Drury Lane. The history of the ‘West End’ is variously told but rarely begins with consideration of the Cockpit, an indoor theatre built for Queen Anna’s men by their actor-manager Christopher Beeston in 1616. Despite obvious initial troubles, with Beeston renaming it ‘the Phoenix’ after the Shrovetide attack of 1617, this venue successfully produced drama from old repertoires while welcoming the new too – with Thomas Heywood as representative on the one hand and James Shirley on the other. A performance element will be included for the day. Confirmed speakers include Professor Elspeth Graham, a director of the Shakespeare North Trust and Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Globe Education.

Title of event: Ship and Nation in Early Modern Britain, Location: London Renaissance Seminar, Description: '"Thy sceptre to a trident change/ And straight unruly seas thou canst command": Contemporary representations of Charles I and the Ship Money Fleet within the cultural imagination of Caroline England'

Title of event: Shakespeare, the Earls of Derby and the North West, Location: Knowsley Hall, Description: '"Your name shall live / In the new yeare: as in the age of gold": The staging of Sir Thomas Salusbury's Twelfth Night Masque, performed for the Stanley Household at Knowsley Hall in 1640/1, and its contexts'

Title of event: What is Early Modern Catholicism?, Location: University of Durham, Description: ‘“The Holy Man is only Happy”: William Habington’s vision of English Catholicism in Caroline England’.

Title of event: International Conference on Early Modern Religion, Location: Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London, Description: ‘Staging a Counter-Reformation Amazon: Queen Henrietta Maria and the final Caroline Court Masque, Salmacida Spolia’.

Title of event: South West Early Modernist Seminar, Location: University of Bath Spa, Description: ‘Salmacida Spolia: Unpacking a Queenly Counter-Reformation “Chiefe Heroine”’.

Title of event: International Conference on Early Modern Catholicism, Location: Newberry Library, Chicago,, Description: ‘The shaping of an oppositional religion on the Caroline Stage, 1625-1642'.

Title of event: Patronage Networks in Early Modern England., Location: University of Keele, Description: ‘Where should a Poet now a Patron find?': James Shirley’s patronage networks, 1625-66.

Title of event: International Symposium on Caroline Drama, Location: Royal Holloway College, University of London, Description: William Davenant’s 'Love and Honour' (1634): A tempered Catholicism on the Caroline stage’.

Title of event: Renaissance Women’s Performance and the Dramatic Canon, ,, Location: Queen’s House, Greenwich, Description: Participant

Title of event: Religious Lives and Catholic Culture in the Early Modern World., Location: St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, Description: Participant

Title of event: The Emergence of a Maritime Nation: Britain in the Tudor and Stuart Age, 1485-1714, Location: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Description: Conference Paper: ‘Thy sceptre to a trident change/And straight, unruly seas thou canst command’: Contemporary Representations of King Charles I and the Ship Money Fleet from within the Cultural Imagination of Caroline England.

Research Grants Awarded:

Society for Renaissance Studies, 'A Symposium on the first playhouse in Drury Lane': to fund 6 early career academics to attend the conference., Eva Griffith, Grant value (£): £484.00, Duration of research project: 3 months