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Dr Eleanor RycroftBA(Sus.), MA(Sus.), DPhil(Sus.)

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Eleanor Rycroft

Dr Eleanor RycroftBA(Sus.), MA(Sus.), DPhil(Sus.)

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I am a theatre historian of early English and Scottish drama, and my research often involves practical explorations of early modern plays. I have worked on major collaborative projects that have staged theatre in the historic sites of Hampton Court, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace, and Lancaster Castle, including the AHRC-funded 'Staging the Henrician Court' and 'Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court'. I have a special interest in gender, especially the performance of masculinity on the early modern stage and its relationship to ideologies of manhood during the period. My work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Medieval English TheatreEarly Theatre and The Shakespeare Bulletin, and has been published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Wiley-Blackwell, and Ashgate. I have written on material cultures and spatial practices of the early modern stage, theatre at the court of Henry VIII and during the early Tudor and Stewart period, practice-based research as a research methodology, and the historical performance of witchcraft.

I have just completed a book about the role of beards in the construction of masculinities on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stage. Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity  is forthcoming in 2019 (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama, Routledge).

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Postal address:
Cantock's Close
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom