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Dr Patrick Gray, BA (UNC), MLitt (Oxon), PhD (Yale)

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Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43136
Room number: Room A72, Elvet Riverside
Director of Liberal Arts
Departmental Rep (English) in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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I graduated from Yale in 2012 with a Ph.D. in English and Renaissance Studies, after studying at Oxford, the Sorbonne, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I arrived at Durham in 2013, after a year teaching comparative literature at the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a semester as a Visiting Professor at Deep Springs College, teaching Shakespeare and the history of aesthetics. While finishing my doctoral work at Yale, I taught Shakespeare, classics, and intellectual history at Providence College. At Durham, I am co-convenor of the lecture series "Introduction to Drama" and sole convenor of a seminar, "Shakespeare's History Plays," a special topic, "Shakespeare's Problem Plays," and two postgraduate seminars, "Shakespeare in Context" and "Lyric Poetry of the English Renaissance and Reformation." In the spring of 2016, I was Early Career International Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre for the History of Emotions, 1100-1800.

If you are interested in doctoral supervision, please contact me directly by email at I am currently supervising doctoral theses on Shakepeare, femininity, and forgiveness; Shakespeare's Roman plays, English history plays, and trauma theory; Shakespeare, Rabelais, and Bakhtin; the early modern reception of medieval romance; and metatheatre in early modern English drama. I am interested in projects that consider any aspect of classical reception, Continental influences, intellectual history, theology, philosophy, ethics, political theory, aesthetics, and/or literary history in early modern English literature, including poetry and prose, as well as drama. I am the Northern Bridge Subject Area Academic Contact for Drama and Theatre Studies at Durham University, and I am happy to field questions about funding for doctoral study, as well as other aspects of the application process.

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Classical Reception
  • Aesthetics
  • Genre Theory
  • Intellectual History
  • The History of Emotions

Indicators of Esteem


Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

Edited Journal

  • Gray, Patrick, McNair, Maria Devlin & Parvini, Neema (2021). Shakespeare and Morality. Shakespeare, 17 (3).
  • Gray, Patrick (2018). Shakespeare and War. Critical Survey, 30 (1): 30th anniversary special issue.

Journal Article


Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Gray, Patrick (2018). Acts of War. GLOBE Magazine (For Shakespeare's Globe).

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Dunne, Derek, Gray, Patrick & Johnson, Toria (2018). #ECASurvival Podcast. Survival Strategies for Humanities ECAs (Early Career Academics). Sponsored by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Bate, Jonathan, Gray, Patrick & Steel, Catherine (2018). Is Shakespeare History? The Roman Plays. BBC In Our Time. 20th anniversary programme.



International Collaboration

  • Early Career International Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre for the History of Emotions, 1100-1800

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