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Dr Brett Hirsch

Job: Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellow

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Textual Studies

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

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Personal profile

I am an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow and Assistant Research Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. In 2013, I am a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellow at the DMU Centre for Textual Studies. My research focuses on late medieval and early modern English drama, in particular its production, reception, and transmission across time and through various media.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Textual Studies

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Book Chapter: “Judaism and Jews,” in The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia, ed. Bruce R. Smith (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2013).

Journal Article: “ ‘To see the Playes of Theatre newe wrought’: Electronic Editions and Early Tudor Drama,” Early Theatre, forthcoming in 2013.

Book Chapter: “The Taming of the Jew: Spit and the Civilizing Process in The Merchant of Venice,” in Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England, ed. Rory Loughnane and Edel Semple (Palgrave, forthcoming in 2013).

Edited Collection: Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles, and Politics (Open Book Publishers, 2012).

Journal Article: “The Kingdom has been Digitized: Electronic Editions of Renaissance Drama and the Long Shadows of Shakespeare and Print,” Literature Compass 8.9 (2011): 568-91.

Research interests/expertise

  • Late medieval and early modern English drama
  • Scholarly editing, textual studies, and bibliography
  • History of publishing, the book, and editing
  • Digital humanities and computational methods in literary studies
  • Authorship and stylistics
  • Cultural and literary history

Areas of teaching

I have taught courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and digital humanities in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.


BA (Hons) and PhD

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (2011 to present), Executive Committee Member (2013 to present)
  • British Shakespeare Association (2007 to present), Journal Editor (2008 to present)
  • Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (2005 to present), Executive Committee Member (Vice President, 2010 to 2012)
  • Shakespeare Association of America (2009 to present), Ordinary Member
  • Malone Society (2012 to present), Ordinary Member

Conference attendance

“Adapt or Perish? Editing and Publishing Early Tudor Drama in the Late Age of Print,” Paper, Adaptation and Appropriation, 8th International Conference of the Tudor Symposium, Northumbria University, Newcastle, July 2013.

“The Case for Electronic Editions,” Paper, Reanimating Playbooks, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 2013.

“Digital Editions, Editorial and Publishing Histories, and Computational Stylistics,” Invited Paper, GW Digital Humanities Symposium, George Washington University, Washington DC, January 2013. 

“Increasing the Revels/Reels,” Paper, Shakespeare and Emotions, ANZSA Biennial International Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, November 2012.

“ ‘To see the Playes of Theatre newe wrought’: Electronic Editions of Early Tudor Drama,” Invited Paper, New Directions in Earlier Tudor Drama, Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, Seattle, January 2012.

Externally funded research grants information

“Reproducing Renaissance Drama,” Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2013–2017, Sole Investigator

“Computational Methods in Compositor and Authorship Attribution,” Leverhulme Trust, Visiting Fellowship, 2013, Research Fellow, Gabriel Egan (DMU) and Deborah Cartmell (DMU)

“Patterns in Early Modern English Drama Texts,” Australian Research Council, Discovery Projects, 2012–2015, Co-Investigator, Hugh Craig (Newcastle)

Professional esteem indicators

Editor: Shakespeare (2008 to present); Digital Renaissance Editions (2006 to present).

Editorial Boards: Open Book Publishers Digital Humanities Series (2013 to present); Parergon (2011 to present); The Map of Early Modern London (2011 to present).

External Reader: Preternature; Animal Studies Journal; Papers on Language & Literature; Medical Humanities; Digital Humanities Quarterly; Digital Studies; Early Modern Literary Studies; Broadview Press; Open Book Publishers; Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies.
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