Book: Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England, ed. by Rory Loughnane and Edel Semple

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Last month, the School of English, UCC celebrated the launch of Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England, edited by Rory Loughnane and Edel Semple. This collection of seventeen essays draws together leading and emerging scholars to investigate performances of transgression on the early modern English stage.

Building on recent scholarship in studies of performance, politics, gender, sex, and race, Staged Transgression seeks to assess, respond to, and look beyond the last concentrated critical discussion of transgression in the 1980s. The collection explores areas of study that have been previously neglected in scholarly discussion and seeks to challenge critical orthodoxies and assumptions about the power and effect of onstage performances of illicit, deviant, and disorderly behaviour. The volume’s contributors examine a wide range of onstage activities – from drunkenness and spitting, to bawdy speech and improper laughter, to rebellion and regicide – and offer fresh insights into the cultural work of theatre in Shakespeare’s England.

Staged Transgression includes contributions from scholars from around Ireland including Danielle Clarke (UCD), Darragh Greene (UCD), Andrew Power (TCD), and Edel Semple (UCC). Further information on the volume can be found at:


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