Dr Sophie Duncan

 

Biography:

Sophie Duncan is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Calleva Centre, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, working on the project "Adults at Play(s)", which looks at Shakespearean and Greek tragedy.

She completed her DPhil "Shakespeare's Women and the Fin de Siecle" in August 2013, after two years and ten months of study. Her first job was as Stipendiary Lecturer in English at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, and she has taught widely across the university and was also a College Lecturer at Keble.

Her doctoral research focused on a group of actresses which includes Ellen Terry, Mrs Patrick Campbell, Lillie Langtry and Madge Kendal, although anyone board-treading and female is of interest to her. Using Shakespeare to illuminate 1890s culture has led her in all kinds of surprising directions: from Ruskin to pornography, and from Dracula to the suffragettes! She love archives, public engagement and working with theatre companies. She spends a lot of time forcing sordid Victorian facts on unsuspecting family members.


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