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
  • I have recently completed a scholarly edition of Lording Barry's The Family of Love (published 1608) for the Revels Plays (forthcoming, Manchester University Press, 2021). This will be the first time that this Jacobean comedy, formerly attributed to Thomas Middleton, is ascribed to Barry in print. The Family of Love was performed by the Children of the King's Revels, a short-lived boy company that specialized in bawdy, self-reflexive drama. The play satirizes the religious fellowship in question, but with an undercurrent of sympathy, especially for women. My essay 'Sensuality, Spirit, and Society in The Dutch Courtesan and Lording Barry's The Family of Love (1608)' appears in a special issue of Early Theatre devoted to Marston's The Dutch Courtesan, Early Theatre 23 (2020), 71-86; https://doi.org/10.12745/et.23.1.4164

Teaching | Current

ENGLISH 310 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
ENGLISH 214 Early Texts: Modern Inventions
ENGLISH 781  Research Essay

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)

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  • 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.


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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