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Dr Rosamund Paice

Principal Lecturer

Rosamund Paice


I am Principal Lecturer in English Literature, having joined the University of Portsmouth in 2004. In the past two years, I have served as acting Associate Head (Students) for SASHPL (August-December 2018) and acting Subject Area Leader for English Literature (July-December 2018). 

I completed my PhD and MA at the University of Manchester, and my BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

My primary research area is John Milton's negotiation of community. My research investigates Milton's presentation and interrogation of competing companionship models, and his use of translation as theme and event. By focusing on processes of differentiation, inclusion and exclusion, this research aligns with the University's Democratic Citizenship theme. My research in this area has been published in Early Modern Literary Studies, and I am currently working on a book-length study of companionship and community in Paradise Lost.

Environmental concerns inform my 'blue' ecocritical research into early modern London theatrical, literary, and street culture. My essay in the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies (forthcoming June 2019) explores the allusive range of herring references in the works of Shakespeare, Greene, Nashe, Dekker, and other Elizabethan writers.

I am in the early stages of research into the ways in which modern understandings of early modern theatrical spaces, players and audiences are shaped and reshaped by shifting understandings of heritage, the changing demands of education, and advances in technology. This project stems from my organisation of the Much Ado About Portsmouth festival (2016).

My research on William Blake has been published in Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly and Romanticism on the Net.

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