Dr Sophie Eliza Tomlinson
BA(Hons) (First Class) (Wellington), PhD (Cambridge)
- Senior Lecturer
Research | Current
- Early modern drama, including women's playwriting and female performance
- Restoration literature
- Theatre on screen
Currently I am editing Lording Barry's The Family of Love (pub. 1608) for the Revels Plays series. The play is a Jacobean comedy formerly attributed to Thomas Middleton, but ascribed in recent bibliographical scholarship to Barry, a minor playwright and entrepreneur. It was performed by the Children of the King's Revels, a short-lived theatrical company that specialized in bawdy, self-reflexive drama. The Family of Love satirizes the religious fellowship in question, but with an undercurrent of sympathy, especially for women.
Teaching | Current
I am keen to supervise graduate research across the broad spectrum of early modern studies, especially projects with a theatrical or editorial bias. I am also able to supervise research outside my specialist area focused on questions of gender, sexuality and authorship. The completed and ongoing graduate work I have supervised includes:
A Critical Edition of The Triumphant Widow (1674) by William Cavendish and Thomas Shadwell
Anna of Denmark and the Arts at the Jacobean Court (1603-19), co-supervisor
"Strangely Altered: Renaissance Sources for English Revenge Tragedies’"
"The Problems and Possibilities of Early Modern Motherhood in Selected Plays by Shakespeare, Middleton, and Lording Barry"
"A Modern-Spelling Edition of Mucedorus, integrated with the additions of 1610
"Annotations for an Edition of John Fletcher’s The Wild-Goose Chase"
"Virgins and Vixens: Representations of Women in Short Fiction by Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn and Eliza Haywood"
"Anna Kavan on Ice: An Encounter with Anna Kavan’s Wartime Writing via New Zealand and the Arctic Imaginary"
"John Dryden’s Revision of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida"
Areas of expertise
Shakespeare and early modern drama; Restoration literature, especially poetry and drama; editing 17th-century texts; Katherine Mansfield; feminist theory and criticism.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Tomlinson, S. E. (2016). Women, windows, lutes: Some questions. Paper presented at The “Pop-Up” Symposium: Historical Knowledge and Contemporary Performance, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. 26 February - 27 February 2016.
- Tomlinson, S. (2015). The Actress and Baroque Aesthetic Effects in Renaissance Drama. Shakespeare Bulletin, 33 (1), 67-82. 10.1353/shb.2015.0007
- Tomlinson, S. (2012). ‘A Woman's Reason’: Aphra Behn Reads Lucretius. Intellectual History Review, 22 (3), 355-372. 10.1080/17496977.2012.695184
- Tomlinson, S. E. (2010). Shakespeare, the Actress and Theatrical Pleasure (plenary). Paper presented at The Queen's House Conference 2010: Renaissance Women's Performance and the Dramatic Canon, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. 14 July - 15 July 2010.
- Tomlinson, S. E. (2009). Women on stage in Stuart drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 308.
- Tomlinson, S. E. (2008). A Jacobean Dramatic Usage of 'Actress'. Notes and Queries, 55 (3), 282-283. 10.1093/notesj/gjn107
- Tomlinson, S. E. (2006). Shakespeare in the Classroom at the University of Auckland. Paper presented at 8th World Shakespeare Congress, Brisbane. 16 July - 21 July 2006.
- Chalmers, H., Sanders, S., & Tomlinson, S. E. (Eds.) (2006). Three Seventeenth-Century Plays on Women and Performance (1st). Manchester: Manchester University Press. Pages: 352.