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Dr Anna Blackwell

Job: VC2020 Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Adaptations

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: 01162078997

E: anna.blackwell@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/adaptations

Social Media: twitter.com/ablackwell89

 

Personal profile

Dr Anna Blackwell is a VC2020 Lecturer working in the Centre for Adaptations. Anna has published on the topic of the contemporary Shakespearean actor in Critical Survey and Adaptation, where she won the 2014 Essay Prize for her paper on Tom Hiddleston’s performance in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus. Her research into Shakespeare and popular digital culture can also be seen in edited collections including Shakespeare’s Cultural Capital: His Economic Impact from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave) and the forthcoming The Routledge Companion to Adaptation (Routledge) and Broadcast Your Shakespeare (Arden).

Anna is currently writing her first monograph under contract with Palgrave for inclusion in the series, Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture. Titled, Digital Shakespeareans: Adapting Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century, the monograph will interrogate the underlying assumptions, associations and cachet that Shakespeare carries in the contemporary moment, both culturally and economically. It will do this through concentrating upon four major and interlinking points of focus – Shakespearean actors, institutions/companies, audiences and communities. Anna’s other points of research interest include early modern drama, cultural representations of masculinity, internet culture more broadly and the Hollywood blockbuster.

Research group affiliations

Key research outputs

Anna Blackwell, Digital Shakespeareans: Adapting the Early Modern (Palgrave Macmillan, under contract and due for submission 2018).

Research interests/expertise

  • Adaptation Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern drama
  • Shakespearean actors
  • Hollywood
  • Gender Studies
  • Performance Studies

Areas of teaching

  • Adaptation Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Early modern drama
  • Poetry

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Cardiff University (September 2010)
  • MA Film and Literature, University of York (January 2012) 
  • PhD Shakespeare and Adaptation, De Montfort University (March 2015)

Courses taught

ENGL1009: Reading, Writing and Screening Literature

ENGL1010: Poetry and Society

ENGL1012: Introduction to Drama

ENGL1013: Introduction to Drama – Shakespeare

ENGL2018: History of English: Medieval to Augustan Literature

ENGL3088: Sex, Belief and Society in Seventeenth Century Poetry

ENGL3000: Dissertation

ENGL3100: Radical and Contemporary Adaptations

HUMS5003: Conference Organisation and Presentation

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Membership Secretary, the Association of Adaptation Studies (2012-)

Conference attendance

European Shakespeare Research Association, July 2017, University of Gdansk, Poland, ‘Performing the Shakespearean Online.

Surface and Substance: Reflections on the Male Star, May 2016, University of St. Andrews, ‘“The old wizard flashes his impressive wand”: Ian McKellen, ageing, beauty and difference.’

Shakespearean Communities, April 2016, University of Portsmouth, ‘[Shakespeare] belongs to you, to all of us, together’: Online communities, #ShakespeareSunday and fan creativity.’

Adaptation and the Metropolis, September 2015, Association of Adaptation Studies, Institute of English Studies, ‘Saving the day? The American superhero film adaptation and the city.’

Assuming Gender, November 2014, Cardiff University, Invited guest lecture:  '"He does what he wants to do, basically." Ian McKellen: Gender, Politics and Star Persona.’  

Reforming Shakespeare, June 2014, De Montfort University, ‘Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston’s body and action cinema.’

Midlands3Cities Introduction and Welcome Event, May 2014, University of Nottingham, ‘Exploring the Shakespearean actor as the site of adaptive encounter in contemporary culture (1996-onwards).’  

Exploring British Film and Television Stardom, November 2013, Queen Mary University, ‘“We can build Jerusalem. And it will be for everyone.” Kenneth Branagh, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Caliban: stardom and national identity in the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.’  

Disturbing Adaptations, September 2013, Association of Adaptation Studies, Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden, ‘“Yes, I have gained my experience.” (As You Like It, 4.3.23) Kenneth Branagh and adapting the ‘Shakespearean’ actor.’

Marginalised Mainstream, November 2012, Institute of English Studies, ‘“[B]eneath his talents”: Critical reception, Thor, Kenneth Branagh and Adapting a ‘Shakespearean’ Identity.’ –‘Marginalised Mainstream.’

Recent research outputs

Anna Blackwell, Digital Shakespeareans: Adapting the Early Modern (Palgrave Macmillan, under contract and due for submission 2018).

Anna Blackwell and Natalie Hayton, ‘A Conversation with Andrew Davies’, Special Issue: Andrew Davies: The Screenwriter as Adaptor, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 17-28.

Anna Blackwell and Natalie Hayton, ‘Editorial’, Special Issue: Andrew Davies: The Screenwriter as Adaptor, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 3-16.

Anna Blackwell, ‘“How do I act so well?” The British ‘Shakespearean’ actor and cultural cachet’, Adaptation, Awards Culture and the Value of Prestige, ed. Colleen Kennedy-Karpat and Eric Sandberg (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017).

—. ‘Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston). Actor’: Performing the ‘Shakespearean’ online’, Broadcast Your Shakespeare, ed. Stephen O’Neill (Arden, forthcoming 2017).

—. ‘Tweeting from the grave: Shakespeare, adaptation and social media’, The Routledge Companion to Adaptation, ed. Dennis Cutchins, Katja Krebs and Eckart Voits (Routledge, TBC).

—. ‘Shakespearean Actors, Memes, Social Media and the Circulation of Shakespearean “Value”’, Shakespeare’s Cultural Capital: His Economic Impact from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-first Century, ed. Dominic Shellard and Siobhan Keenan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

 —. ‘“Yes, I have gained my experience.” (As You Like It, 4.3.23) Kenneth Branagh and adapting the ‘Shakespearean’ actor’, Critical Survey, Vol. 25, Issue 3 (Winter 2014), 29-42. 

—. Winning entry for the 2014 Adaptation Essay Prize: ‘Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston’s Body and Action Cinema’, Adaptation, Vol. 7, Issue 3 (Summer 2014), 344-52.

—. ‘“More than just a man” Revenge and the Superhuman: Hamlet and the Superhero Blockbuster’, The Shakespeare Institute Review, Vol. 2 (Spring 2013) 6-11.

—. ‘Review, Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema. By RUSSELL JACKSON’, MLR, Vol. 111, Part 3 (July 2016) 850-1.

Anna Blackwell and Catherine Han, ‘Review: Seventh Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, University of York, York, 27-28th September 2012’, Adaptation, Vol. 6, No. 1, (January 2013) 132-8. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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