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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Members

The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk

Dr Susan Valladares, MA (Oxon); MA (York); DPhil (Oxon); FHEA

Contact Dr Susan Valladares

 I studied at the Universities of Oxford (MA; DPhil) and York (MA). After receiving my doctorate, I taught for various colleges at the University of Oxford. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College (University of Oxford, 2012–2016). I then worked as a Departmental and College Lecturer in English at St Hugh’s College (University of Oxford) before joining Durham University’s Department of English Studies in 2018.

My research interests span the long eighteenth century, with a special focus on theatre and performance, political history, gender, autobiographies and print culture. 

My first book, Staging the Peninsular War: English Theatres 1807-1815 (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015/2016) draws upon a range of visual, printed and manuscript sources in order to examine the larger political and ideological axes of Romantic-period performance. It explores how, during the seven vexed years that marked the Peninsular War, the English theatres helped ascribe new urgency to issues such as citizenship, patriotism, and the articulation of national identities. It also provides the first printed ‘Calendar of Plays for Covent Garden, Drury Lane and Bristol Theatre Royal, 1807–1815’. 

Other essays of mine have focused on Peninsular War poetry and novels; Romantic-period wartime and post-war theatre; women’s writing; satirical prints; and Anglo-Caribbean exchanges (as listed below).

I was one of the main curators for the exhibition Staging History at the Weston (Bodleian) Library (autumn 2016). I have also held visiting fellowships at the Houghton Library (Harvard), the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.) and the Beinecke Library (Yale).

Office Hours: Thursdays 2 pm – 3 pm in ER259.

Research Interests

  • Theatre; drama; performance; long eighteenth century; Romanticism; politics; satirical prints; gender; race

Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited Journal

  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2017). The BARS Review. (49): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2016). The BARS Review. (47-48): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2015). The BARS Review. (45-46): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2014). The BARS Review. (44): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Higgins, David, Valladares, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2013). BARS Bulletin & Review. (42-43): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Higgins, David, Valladares, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2012). BARS Bulletin & Review. (41): British Association for Romantic Studies.

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Other (Digital/Visual Media)