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Dr Rosamund Paice


Dr Rosie Paice completed a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Cambridge, and an MA and a PhD at the University of Manchester. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and joined the University of Portsmouth in 2004.

Rosie's current research focuses is in the early-modern period, within which she has two particular areas of interest. The first is focused on how John Milton's epics engage with discourses of companionship (including tensions between amity and marriage models, solitude and exclusions) and translation (as both theme and event, including in relation to concerns about the legitimacy of translation). The second key area of interest stems from her involvement as Project Lead in the  Much Ado About Portsmouth Shakespeare festival (April 2016). From this, she has developed research into the late 16th and early 17th century theatre spaces and city culture: the role of festival and alehouse language and culture in the writings of Shakespeare and his Southwark contemporaries; the theatrical incorporation of execution as idea and event; and the ways in which modern understandings of early modern theatrical spaces, players and audiences have been shaped and reshaped by shifting understandings of heritage, the changing demands of education, and advances in technology.

Rosie teaches on single and combined honours English Literature programmes, where her focus is on early modern writing and Romanticism. Her specialist unit is "Mortals and Immortals: Man, God and the Devil in Early Modern Literature". She also lectures and leads seminars on the following units: "Literary Powers: Renaissance to Romanticism", "Poetry and Poetics", "Making a Spectacle: the Rise of English Drama", and "Revolutions! Literature And Change, 1700-1830".

As Principal Lecturer in English Literature With responsibilities for student engagement, Rosie is the subject lead for student voice; learning, teaching and assessment; and employability. She is particularly interested in the possibilities of enterprise activity within the humanities.


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