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 Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, and currently writing a monograph, Adaptations at War. She is founder and co-editor of two international journals, Adaptation (Oxford University Press) and Shakespeare (Routledge), series editor of the Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories, founder and former chair of the Association of Adaptation Studies and founding trustee of the British Shakespeare Association. She received the Jim Welsh Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies in 2016.

Professor Cartmell has supervised a number of PhD students who are now in successful professional and academic careers in the UK, US, Australia and Indonesia and welcomes PhD applications in Shakespeare and Adaptation Studies.

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.

Key research outputs

Recent publications include A Companion to the Biopic,  co -ed with Ashley Polasek (Blackwell, 2020), Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37 (Bloomsbury 2015) and Much Ado About Nothing: A Critical Reader, co-ed with Peter J. Smith (Arden, Bloomsbury, 2018).

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

I have recently taught on modules in adaptations, Shakespeare and children's literature. 

Honours and awards

Jim Welsh Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies, 2016.

Fellow of the English Association, 2011.

National Teaching Fellowship, 2010.

Membership of external committees

Strategic Reviewer, AHRC

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Elected Secretary, Council for College and University English, 2011- 2015
  • 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 Keynotes

  • Shakespeare, Adaptation and Marketing’, University of São Paulo, November, 2019
  • 'Marketing Adaptation', Univesity of Birmingham, October 2019
  • ‘Adaptation and the Marketing of Shakespeare in Classical Hollywood’, University of Cyprus, November, 2017
  • ‘Stars’, TU Braunschweig, July 2017
  • ‘Star Adaptations’, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, May 2017
  •  Hollywood Queens and Friendship, Krakow, October, 2016
  • Adapting Snow White, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, April, 2015
  • ‘The Shakespeare Talkies’, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, November 2014
  • ‘The Country House in Britain’, University of Newcastle, June, 2014.

Consultancy work


Current research students

1st Supervisions

  1. Peter Lewis
  2. Ana Laura Weinberg

2nd Supervisions

  1. Alice Payne

I have supervised 17 PhD students to completion. They have gone into careers in publishing and academic posts in the UK, US and Australia.

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

  • 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 

Case studies

I am currently developing an Impact Case Study on Adaptations and Curriculum Change.


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