Dr Sophie Eliza Tomlinson

BA(Hons) (First Class) (Wellington), PhD (Cambridge)

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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

  • Early modern drama, including women's playwriting and female performance
  • Shakespeare
  • 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

ENGLISH 213/353 Age of Shakespeare: Tragedy
ENGLISH 709 Theatre on Screen

Postgraduate supervision

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:

PhD theses

 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

MA theses

"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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24054
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24055
  • 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.


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 6, Room 635
New Zealand

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