Laura Beattie

Published: 11 September 2015

The Politics of Community, the Household & the Commonwealth in Shakespeare's Comedies

University of Edinburgh

The Politics of Community, the Household & the Commonwealth in Shakespeare's Comedies

Academic History:

2014 - English Literature PhD, University of Edinburgh

2012 - 2014 English Studies: Literature, Language & Culture MA, Freie Universität Berlin

2008 - 2012 English & Lation MA (Hons), University of St Andrews including a year abroad at University of California, Berkeley


Dr Dermot Cavanagh

Professor James Loxley

Research Interests:

My doctoral research focuses on political thought in Shakespeare's comedia, particularly on ideas of community, commonwealth, citizenship & the household. Other research interests include the early modern drama more widely & the early modern reception of classical texts & ideas. 

Previous Research Projects:

My undergraduate dissertation, entitled 'The Renaissance Orpheus' analysed how Renaissance writers transformed the myth of Orpheus from classical sources & what this revealed about Renaissance humanist thought. It was supervised by Dr Alex Davis at the University of St Andrews. My master's thesis investigated Foucault's idea of the heterotopia in Shakespeare's As You Like It & The Tempest & was supervised by Professor Sabine Schülting at Freie Universität Berlin.


  • Dean's List 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, University of St Andrews
  • Dean's List 2010-11, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bella Gray Memorial Prize 2009 for best student in Latin


  • "The duty of every good man': Citizenship, Community & Counsel in The Two Gentlemen of Verona', BritGrad conference, The Shakespeare Institute, June 2015
  • "I understand her signs': Ekphrasis & the Male Gaze in The Rape of Lucrece & Titus Andronicus', presented at the Shakespeare 450 conference organsised by the Société Française Shakespeare, April 2014.

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First published: 11 September 2015