Professor Deborah Cartmell

Job: Professor in English

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Adaptation Studies

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

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 ext 6685




Personal profile

Deborah Cartmell is currently completing Teaching Adaptation (with Imelda Whelehan, Palgrave, 2014) and Adaptations in the Sound Era (Bloomsbury 2015).

Research group affiliations

Professor Deborah Cartmell is Director of the Centre for Adaptations.  She is currently co-editing the international journals, Shakespeare (Taylor & Francis, 2005-) and Adaptation (Oxford University Press, 2008-).  She is a founding member and secretary/treasurer of the Association of Adaptation Studies and former Secretary of the Council for College and University English (

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Adaptations
  • Shakespeare
  • Jane Austen
  • Children’s Literature

Areas of teaching

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Literature
  • Literature and Film
  • Jane Austen
  • Edmund Spenser


BA (University of Toronto), PhD (University of York, UK)

Courses taught

Currently I am teaching on Studies in Literature on Film, Writing and Screening English and I am module leader for the 3rd year Dissertation.

Honours and awards

Fellow of the English Association, 2011.
National Teaching Fellowship, 2010.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Elected Secretary, Council for College and University English, 2011-
  • Chair and Founder of the Association of Adaptation Studies (registered as a Charity, January, 2010), 2008-10
  • Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of Adaptation Studies, 2010-
  • Appointed to the AHRC Peer Review College, 2009
  • Trustee, British Shakespeare Association, 2008 - 11

Conference attendance

Recent Plenary Lectures

  • ‘Adaptation Unbounded’, Romania, November, 2013
  • ‘The Country House in Britain’, University of Newcastle, June, 2014
  • ‘Shakespeare, Authorship and Collaboration’, Queen’s University, Belfast, January 2012
  • ‘100 Years of Adaptations’ 6th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, Istanbul, September, 2011
  • ‘Sound Adaptations’, The University of Rome, January ‘Jane Austen and the biopic’, ‘The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship’, University of York, March, 2010 ‘Becoming Jane’,  ‘Adaptation and Appropriation’, University of Bayreuth, February, 2010
  • ‘Screening Austen’s Women: 1940 – 2008’, ‘ Echoes of the Past: Women, History, and Memory, June 2009
  • Adaptations and the Coming of Sound’, ‘Cultures of Translation: Adaptations in Film and Performance’, Cardiff, June, 2008.

Consultancy work

  • Consultant for Shiver-production ITV 5-part production on the history of costume drama (February – May, 2008).

Current research students

1st Supervisions

  • Dave Cliffe
  • Sandra Frost
  • Lucy Hobbs
  • Ashley Polasek
  • Barclay Rafferty

2nd Supervisions

  • Anna Blackwell
  • Nicola Boyle
  • Paul Brown
  • Gary Forster
  • Helen Potter
  • Abigail Richardson

Externally funded research grants information

  • Higher Education Academy Award
  • Leverhulme Academic Collaboration grant, £42,500, ‘Association of Literature on Screen’, 2006- 2009.

Professional esteem indicators

  • Selected speaker by Robert Peston (BBC business editor), ‘Schools Talks’
  • Fellow of the English Association, 2011
  • Awarded National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2010
  • External Assessor, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2010, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2008, 2011
  • External Assessor, City University of New York, 2010, University of Texas, 2007
  • Chair and Founder of the Association of Adaptation Studies (registered as a Charity, January, 2010), 2007-10
  • Appointed to the AHRC Peer Review College, 2010
  • HEA Senior Fellow Reviewer, 2010
  • HEA Project Reviewer, 2011
  • Board of Governors, Leicester Grammar School, 2012 (representing De Montfort University)• External examiner, UCLAN, 2010-
  • External examiner, MA Programme, Royal Holloway, 2008-
  • Trustee, British Shakespeare Association, 2005 - 2011
  • Consultant for Shiver-production ITV 5-part production on the history of costume drama (February – May, 2008)
  • External examiner: PhDs: European University, Florence, University of East Anglia, University of Liverpool, University of Melbourne, Royal Holloway, University of Stirling


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