Dr Katherine Heavey
- Lecturer (English Literature)
My research interests include the adaptation and reception of classical myth in medieval and early modern English literature; classical translation into English; authorial engagement with the reader in medieval and early modern English literature; literary representation of real historical figures; popular literature in the early modern period; and early modern drama and prose fiction. My first book, The Early Modern Medea: Medea in English Literature 1558-1688, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015, and has most recently been reviewed by Robin Sowerby in Renaissance Quarterly 16.2 (2016).
I have taught in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow since 2012. Before this, I completed a BA in English Literature at the University of Warwick in 2004, and an MA in 2005. My doctoral work was undertaken at Durham University, and my thesis considered English literary representations of Helen of Troy and Medea, from the Middle Ages to the mid-seventeenth century. From 2010 to 2012 I held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Newcastle University, researching classical myth in the works of two prolific early modern authors, Robert Greene and Thomas Heywood.
In March 2016 I co-organised a seminar at the University of Melbourne, on the topic 'Myth and Emotion in Early Modern Europe'; a conference report is available on www.northernrenaissance.org/polaris/ In May 2015 I organised a seminar for EMSIS (Early Modern Studies in Scotland), on the subject of politics, myth and early modern literature. In April 2012, I organised a conference at Newcastle University, 'Popular Fiction and the English Renaissance', which was funded by the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Leverhulme Trust. I have organised conference panels for the meetings of the International Congress of Medieval Studies (2009) and the Society for Renaissance Studies (2010). I have presented on my own work at various national and international meetings, including those of the International Congress of Medieval Studies, the International Medieval Conference, the Society for Renaissance Studies, the British Shakespeare Association, the European Shakespeare Research Association, and the Renaissance Society of America.
In February 2017 I gave an invited talk to the Centre for Early Modern Studies at Aberdeen University. In April 2016 I gave a guest lecture at the University of Bern, on Medea in medieval English literature, for the course 'Heroic Women in Classical and Middle English Literature'. I have reviewed journal articles for Studies in English Literature, Early Modern Literary Studies, the Journal for Early Modern Studies, and the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and books for journals including Medium Aevum, Renaissance Quarterly, and Translation and Literature. I am currently reviewing for the Journal for the Northern Renaissance. I sit on the editorial board of the undergraduate journal the Durham English Review.
I am increasingly interested in ways to share my research with schools, and I have written two Teaching Notes for use in schools for the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. These focus on ways to teach Liz Lochhead's plays Medea (2000) and Thebans (2003). The first of these Teaching Notes will shortly appear on the ASLS website, and the second is currently under review.
In 2015 I advised on the BBC programme The Secret Life of Books: The Faerie Queene, broadcast October 2015.
In 2012 I supplied programme notes for a production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic Theatre, London, dir. Jamie Lloyd).
2016 British Academy Small Research Grant. Project title: 'Myth and Adaptation in Early Modern England: Seneca's Medea in Manuscript'.
For this project I am researching a previously unstudied English manuscript translation of Seneca's Medea, held at the British Library.
2014 Carnegie Small Research Grant. Project title: 'Great Britaines Troy: Myth and National identity in Thomas Heywood's Troia Britannica (1609)'.
As part of this project, I edited Canto XI of Heywood's poem for a digital edition of the whole epic at www.shakmyth.org, 'A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Mythology'. The digital Troia Britannica forms part of the Dictionary's Early English Mythological Texts Series, an edited collection of mythological texts by Shakespeare's contemporaries and predecessors.
2010-2012 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, Newcastle University. Project title: 'Classical Myth in the Works of Robert Greene and Thomas Heywood'.
I have recently supervised a PhD thesis on eighteenth-century receptions and translations of Virgil, and an MLitt dissertation on education in Renaissance drama, and I am currently supervising a PhD on literary representations of the East in Renaissance drama. I would welcome expressions of interest from students wishing to work in any of my areas of research.
I have taught on the following courses at Glasgow:
- MLitt in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2014-2015)
- Literature 1510-1660 (Convener 2012-2015)
- Shakespearean Forms: Sonnet to Tragedy
- Shakespeare and his Contemporaries: Playing With History (Convener 2014-2015)
- Poetry and Poetics
- Writing and the Self (Deputy Convener 2012-2013)
- The Novel and Narratology (Deputy Convener 2013-2014, Convener 2016-present)