Dr Ian Burrows, Faculty of English



Biographical Information

I am currently a Teaching Associate in Renaissance Literature at the Faculty. Prior to this I worked for three years at the University of Bristol, teaching extensively on their full-time BA and MA courses.  In my final year at Bristol I was director of the English department's short course programme, overseeing our provision of outreach and community courses; I was also a co-director for Bristol's part-time BA in English Literature and Community Engagement.

Research Interests

My PhD dissertation concerned the printing of punctuation marks in early modern drama: I've since expanded that into slightly sexier-sounding territory by considering non-verbal constituents of performance more generally, and I'm working on several projects which examine the ways in which physical, actorly business is rendered in print. I am also working on a monograph provisionally titled Punctuation and Personality in Early Modern Printed Plays, which considers the ways in which personality is modelled on the page. This project was supported by the 2014-15 Carl H. Pforzheimer Fellowship, and is based on three months' study spent in the collections of the Harry Ransom Center in Austin.

I am also a practising editor. I am currently preparing a modernised text of James Shirley's play The Example with Hester Lees-Jeffries, which will form part of the forthcoming OUP Complete Works of James Shirley. I will also be editing Fair Em for a collected works of Thomas Kyd (general editor Brian Vickers).

I'd be very happy to hear from anyone who shares these interests in bibliography, editorial theory and practice, the intersections between performance and print, and the physicality of actor and text.


Areas of Graduate Supervision

Can supervise MPhil work in the fields mentioned above under 'Research Interests'. I contribute to teaching and/or supervision for the Medieval and Renaissance Literature MPhil.

Selected Publications

  • The Example (textual editor, part of the Oxford University Press Complete Works of James Shirley, forthcoming 2016)
  • “[they confer privately]”: Power, Parenthesis and Sejanus (submitted to Early Theatre; under revision)
  • Review of Young Shakespeare’s Young Hamlet (by Terri Bourus) and Hamlet After Q1 (by Zachary Lesser) (Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, scheduled publication December 2016)
  • Review of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (directed by Polina Kalinina at the Bristol Tobacco Factory), in Shakespeare 12:1 (2016) pp. 74-7
  • Review of Shakespeare’s As You Like It (directed by Andrew Hilton at the Bristol Tobacco Factory) in Shakespeare 11:1 (2015) pp. 101-4
  • ‘“This is the period of my bliss”: Commas, ends and utterance in Solyman and Perseda’ in Textual Cultures 8:2 (2013) pp. 95-121