Dr Deana Rankin

Personal profile

Senior Lecturer, English

Programme Director and Admissions Tutor for English and Drama

I joined the English and Drama Departments of Royal Holloway in 2008. Before that I was the Muriel Bradbrook Fellow and Director of Studies at Girton College, Cambridge. From 2000-02 I held a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


My first degree was a BA (Hons) in French and German from St John’s College, Oxford. I then spent a number of years working in arts and education. While Coordinator of the Japan Festival 1991 (Ireland) in Belfast, I completed a part-time MA in Anglo-Irish Literature at the University of Ulster and then returned to Oxford to manage Pegasus Theatre. Then, with British Academy funding, I completed a D. Phil. on military writing in seventeenth-century Ireland at St John’s College, Oxford   


Research Interests

My first book Between Spenser and Swift: English Writing in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (Cambridge, 2005 [paperback 2009]) was awarded the American Conference for Irish Studies prize for best book on literature. I am on the Editorial Board for the Early Modern Irish Texts series published by Four Courts Press, Dublin.


My current research interests are in Shakespeare, Renaissance and seventeenth century drama (including Shakespeare in performance and on film); classical republicanism in Early Modern France and Britain, and modern Irish drama.  At the moment, I am working on a study of the representation of assassins and assassination on the early modern English stage.


I maintain strong links with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s education department and with Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. I have also worked with a number of small-scale theatre companies, for example I collaborated with the puppeteer Stephen Mottram on his award-winning show The Seas of Organillo which continues to tour internationally.  


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