Thesis Title: Deserving in Coriolanus: Competing Visions of Justice
Supervisor: Colin Burrow and Lorna Hutson
Research Interests: Sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature (especially Shakespeare, Chapman, Donne, Milton, Marvell, Hobbes, and Margaret Cavendish); theories of volition and the passions (and their ethical implications); digital humanities and public access initiatives; classical receptions; the relationships between fictional worlds and political/legal history; utopias; the Enlightenment(s).
Doctoral Research: My dissertation reads Shakespeare’s Coriolanus as an elaborate meditation on the question of distributive justice (interpreted expansively, as in who “deserves” praise, censure, material benefits, and legal entitlements). Instead of excavating arguments in utramque partem (on both sides of the question), this approach unearths the theatrical orchestration of a wider number of “sides”, each of which is associated with a distinctive ethical, theological, legal, or political vocabulary that asserted its own vision of deserving.