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Janette Dillon

Emeritus Professor (Drama),

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Expertise Summary

MA DPhil (Oxford) Areas of expertise - Medieval and Renaissance theatre.

Research Summary

My research interests concentrate mainly on early modern drama. I have particular interests in the spaces and places of theatre, including especially early modern London and the different venues of… read more

Selected Publications

  • DILLON, J., 2010. The language of space in court performance, 1400-1625 Cambridge University Press.
  • DILLON, J., 2010. The trials of Queen Katherine in Henry VIII Shakespeare survey: an annual survey of Shakespearian study & production. 63, 149-161
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2011. Pageants and Propaganda: Robert Langham's Letter and George Gascoigne's Princely Pleasures at Kenilworth. In: PINCOMBE, MIKE and SHRANK, CATHY, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature 1485-1603 1st. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 623-36

Current Research

My research interests concentrate mainly on early modern drama. I have particular interests in the spaces and places of theatre, including especially early modern London and the different venues of court performance. I am also interested in ceremonial performance of all kinds. Recent publications include The Language of Space in Court Performance 1400-1625 (CUP 2010), Shakespeare and the Staging of English History (OUP 2012) and a co-edited special issue on space (with Lloyd Kermode) of Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Past Research

My previous research has resulted in articles and books on medieval literature and theatre; early Tudor theatre; Hall's Chronicle; and Shakespeare and early modern drama. I have also always been interested in breaking down the imaginary boundary between 'medieval' and 'early modern'. Two of my earlier books consciously set out to do this (Language and Stage in Medieval and Renaissance England (CUP, 1998) and The Cambridge Introduction to Early English Theatre (CUP, 2006)), and one of my most recent publications argues that early modern staging, including the use of the discovery space, has its roots in the medieval tradition of 'locus and platea' and the use of the traverse ('From scaffold to discovery-space: change and continuity', in Medieval Shakespeare: Pasts and Presents, ed. Ruth Morse, Helen Cooper and Peter Holland (CUP, 2013), 204-222.

  • 2013. From Scaffold to Discovery-space: Change and Continuity. In: RUTH MORSE, HELEN COOPER and PETER HOLLAND, eds., Medieval Shakespeare: Pasts and Presents 1. cambridge university press. (In Press.)
  • 2013. Spectatorship at the Early Modern English Court Zeitsprunge: Forschungen sur Fruhen Neuzeit. 17(1), 9-21
  • 2013. Space and Place in Early Modern English Theatre: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Duke University Press.
  • 2013. Scenic Memory. In: The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation 1. Ashgate. 195-209
  • DILLON, J., 2012. Shakespeare and the staging of English history Oxford University Press.
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2011. The Monarch as Represented in the Ceremony of Coronation. In: PETRINA, ALESSANDRA and TOSI, LAURA, eds., Representations of Elizabeth Cambridge University Press. 125-39
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2011. Pageants and Propaganda: Robert Langham's Letter and George Gascoigne's Princely Pleasures at Kenilworth. In: PINCOMBE, MIKE and SHRANK, CATHY, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature 1485-1603 1st. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 623-36
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2010. Monarchen vor Gericht am fruhneuzeitlichen Hof. In: FISCHER-LICHTE, ERIKA and WIHSTUTZ, BENJAMIN, eds., Politik des Raumes: Theater unde Topologie Wilhelm Fink. 77-91.
  • DILLON, J., 2010. The trials of Queen Katherine in Henry VIII Shakespeare survey: an annual survey of Shakespearian study & production. 63, 149-161
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2010. The Tragicomedies or Romances. In: WELLS, STANLEY and DE GRAZIA, MARGRETA, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Cambridge University Press. 169-84
  • DILLON, J., 2010. The language of space in court performance, 1400-1625 Cambridge University Press.
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2010. Blackfriars Theatre and the Indoor Theatres. In: SANDERS, JULIE, ed., Jonson in Context Cambridge University Press. 124-33.
  • DILLON, J., 2008. Clerkenwell and Smithfield as a Neglected Home of London Theatre Huntington Library Quarterly. 71, 115-35
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2007. From Revels to Revelation: Shakespeare and the Mask Shakespeare Survey. 60, 58-71
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2007. The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Tragedies Cambridge University Press.
  • DILLON, J., 2007. Powerful Obedience: Godly Queen Hester and Katherine of Aragon. In: HAPPE, PETER and HUSKEN, WIM, eds., Interludes and Early Modern Society: Studies in Gender, Power and Theatricality 1st. Amsterdam and new York: Rodopi. 117-39
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2007. Powerful Obedience: Godly Queen Hester and Katherine of Aragon. In: HAPPÉ, PETER and HŰSKEN, WIM, eds., Interludes and Early Modern Society: Studies in Gender, Power and Theatricality Rodopi. 117-39
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2007. The Early Tudor History Play. In: GRANT, TERESA and RAVELHOFER, BARBARA, eds., English Historical Drama, 1500-1660: Forms Outside the Canon Palgrave. 32-57
  • DILLON, J., 2006. The Cambridge introduction to early English theatre Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • DILLON, JANETTE and FOAKES, R. A., eds., 2005. Much Ado About Nothing Penguin.
  • DILLON, JANETTE and EVERETT, BARBARA, eds., 2005. All's Well That Ends Well Penguin.
  • DILLON, J., 2004. Hall's rhetoric of performance English Literary Renaissance. 34(1), 3-21
  • DILLON, J., 2002. Performance and spectacle in Hall's Chronicle London: The Society for Theatre Research.
  • DILLON, J., 2001. Shakespeare and English performance style: the European context Shakespeare Survey. ISSU 54, 191-200
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 2000. Theatre, Court and City 1595-1610: Drama and Social Space in London Cambridge University Press.
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 1998. Language and Stage in Medieval and Renaissance England 1. Cambridge University Press.
  • DILLON, JANETTE, 1993. Geoffrey Chaucer Macmillan.
  • DILLON, JANETTE, The language of space in court performance, 1400-1625 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, c2010..

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