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Dr Rebecca Bailey

Dr Rebecca Bailey

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Biography

My teaching and research interests lie in the early modern period of English literature; in particular, the politics of religion with a special interest in recusancy, maritime and travel literature, cultural geography, the theatre of Caroline England (1625-1642) and textual editing. My monograph 'Staging the Old Faith: Queen Henrietta Maria and the Theatre of Caroline England, 1625-1642' (Manchester University Press, 2009, 2nd edition, 2018) explores Caroline theatre as a space which energetically engages with the explosive religious and political concerns of that cultural moment.

I teach across the English Literature programme at LJMU, with a special focus on early modern literature, for example 4105ENGL 'World, Time and Text', 5102ENGL 'Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture'; 6113ENGL 'Shakespeare'. I enjoy supervising undergraduate dissertations and also offer a module on our foundation programme 3110FNDENG 'Critical Reading and Adaptation'. I supervise students at both Masters and PhD level and welcome enquiries from postgraduates in my areas of research expertise.

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, 2021). Additionally, I am exploring the largely unknown works of Sir Thomas Salusbury, a poet, dramatist, and masque writer from Lleweni in Denbighshire, North Wales.

I have an interest in Britain’s relationship with the sea in the early modern period. I 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). My exploration of literary representations of maritime Britain during the reign of Charles I will be published in 'The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain' edited by James Davey and Richard Blakemore (Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

I have contributed critical essays on the Caroline playwright, James Shirley for 'James Shirley and Early Modern Theatre' edited by Barbara Ravelhofer (Routledge, 2016) and 'The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature' (general editors Garret A. Sullivan and Alan Stewart, Blackwell Publishing, 2012). Additionally, 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).

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

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in English Literature, English Department, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Gloucestershire, 2008 - 2015
Visiting Lecturer in English Literature, English Department, Bath Spa University, 2007 - 2008

Postgraduate training

PGCHE, United Kingdom, University of Gloucestershire, 2009 - 2010

Publications

Highlighted publications

Bailey R. 2020. ‘Thy sceptre to a trident change / And straight, unruly seas thou canst command’: Contemporary representations of King Charles I and the Ship Money Fleets within the cultural imagination of Caroline England. Davey J, Blakemore R. The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain Amsterdam University Press. Amsterdam Public Url

Bailey RA. 2018. Staging the old faith Queen Henrietta Maria and the theatre of Caroline England, 1625-42 Manchester Univ Pr

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. 'James Shirley and Early Modern Theatre: New Critical Perspectives' :72-85 Routledge. Abingdon 9781472480361 DOI Publisher Url

Bailey R. "Your name shall live / In the new yeare as in the age of gold": Sir Thomas Salusbury’s "Twelfth Night Masque, Performed at Knowsley Hall in 1641" and its Contexts Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, 38 Public Url

Chapters

Bailey R. 2020. ‘Thy sceptre to a trident change / And straight, unruly seas thou canst command’: Contemporary representations of King Charles I and the Ship Money Fleets within the cultural imagination of Caroline England. Davey J, Blakemore R. The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain Amsterdam University Press. Amsterdam Public Url

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. 'James Shirley and Early Modern Theatre: New Critical Perspectives' :72-85 Routledge. Abingdon 9781472480361 DOI Publisher Url

Book

Bailey RA. 2018. Staging the old faith Queen Henrietta Maria and the theatre of Caroline England, 1625-42 Manchester Univ Pr

Journal article

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 Public Url

Bailey RA. 2013. 'William Habington (1605-1654): New Biographical Information From a Previously Unremarked Upon Document'. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 258 DOI

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

Bailey R. "Your name shall live / In the new yeare as in the age of gold": Sir Thomas Salusbury’s "Twelfth Night Masque, Performed at Knowsley Hall in 1641" and its Contexts Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, 38 Public Url

Book review

Bailey RA. 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

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Conference organisation:

The First Playhouse in Drury Lane: A Symposium on the Cockpit Phoenix, Organiser, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-first-playhouse-in-drury-lane-a-symposium-on-the-cockpit-phoenix-tickets-34273459841. 2017

Professional activities

Research Grants Awarded:

Liverpool John Moores University, Editing James Shirley's 'The Young Admiral', Grant value (£): 2,000.00, Duration of research project: Six months. 2017

Liverpool John Moores University, Two Undergraduate Student Internships for the Cockpit-Phoenix Theatre Symposium: gaining experience of event organisation, working at the London Metropolitan Archives and performing with a group of RSC actors, Grant value (£): 1000.00, Duration of research project: Three months. 2017

Liverpool John Moores University, Collaborative Research Fellowship Scheme 2017-2018 to work with Prof Julie Sanders on cultural geography and the works of Sir Thomas Salusbury, Grant value (£): 1300.00, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2017

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. 2017

University of Gloucestershire, Collating the texts of James Shirley's 'The Young Admiral' (1633) held in American Research Libraries: Huntington Library, California; Sutro Library, San Franciso; Beinecke Library, Yale; Harry Ransom Centre, Austin, Texas, Grant value (£): 8,000, Duration of research project: 3 months. 2012

AHRC, PhD: 'Queen Henrietta Maria, the old faith and the Theatte of Caroline England: 1625-1642', Grant value (£): 36,000, Duration of research project: 4 years. 1999

Conference presentation:

'Th'art given a name / To the English Phoenix': James Shirley and the Cockpit-Phoenix Stage'., The first playhouse on Drury Lane: A symposium at the Cockpit-Phoenix, London Metropolitan Archives, Co-organised this conference as well.. 2017

Conference organisation:

The First Playhouse in Drury Lane: A Symposium on the Cockpit Phoenix, Organiser, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-first-playhouse-in-drury-lane-a-symposium-on-the-cockpit-phoenix-tickets-34273459841. 2017

Other invited event:

'The First Playhouse in Drury Lane: a Symposium on the Cockpit-Phoenix', London Metropolitan Archives, 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.. 2017

Ship and Nation in Early Modern Britain, London Renaissance Seminar, '"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'. 2016

Shakespeare, the Earls of Derby and the North West, Knowsley Hall, '"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'. 2016

The Emergence of a Maritime Nation: Britain in the Tudor and Stuart Age, 1485-1714, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 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.. 2015

What is Early Modern Catholicism?, University of Durham, ‘“The Holy Man is only Happy”: William Habington’s vision of English Catholicism in Caroline England’.. 2013

Religious Lives and Catholic Culture in the Early Modern World., St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, Participant. 2012

Renaissance Women’s Performance and the Dramatic Canon, ,, Queen’s House, Greenwich, Participant. 2010

International Conference on Early Modern Religion, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London, ‘Staging a Counter-Reformation Amazon: Queen Henrietta Maria and the final Caroline Court Masque, Salmacida Spolia’.. 2009

South West Early Modernist Seminar, University of Bath Spa, ‘Salmacida Spolia: Unpacking a Queenly Counter-Reformation “Chiefe Heroine”’.. 2009

International Symposium on Caroline Drama, Royal Holloway College, University of London, William Davenant’s 'Love and Honour' (1634): A tempered Catholicism on the Caroline stage’.. 2007

Patronage Networks in Early Modern England., University of Keele, ‘Where should a Poet now a Patron find?': James Shirley’s patronage networks, 1625-66.. 2005

International Conference on Early Modern Catholicism, Newberry Library, Chicago,, ‘The shaping of an oppositional religion on the Caroline Stage, 1625-1642'.. 2002

Fellowships:

A collaboration with Professor Julie Sanders (University of Newcastle), LJMU Collaborative Research Fellowship Scheme, Liverpool John Moores University, The aim is to work on literary geography in North West England. 2017

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Gloucestershire, PhD, The Whole Play of Parts: A Study of Cued Parts in English Renaissance Drama, 1590-1620. 2012

Membership of professional bodies:

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.

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/.