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Dr Susan Valladares

Associate Professor

MA (Oxon); MA (York); DPhil (Oxon); FHEA


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Associate Professor in the Department of English StudiesRoom 259, Elvet Riverside 2+44 (0) 191 33 43369
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  

Biography

 I studied at the Universities of Oxford (MA; DPhil) and York (MA). After receiving my doctorate, I taught for various colleges at the University of Oxford. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College (University of Oxford, 2012–2016). I then worked as a Departmental and College Lecturer in English at St Hugh’s College (University of Oxford) before joining Durham University’s Department of English Studies in 2018.

I was one of the main curators for the exhibition Staging History at the Weston (Bodleian) Library (autumn 2016). I have also held visiting fellowships at the Houghton Library (Harvard), the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.) and the Beinecke Library (Yale).

My research interests span the long eighteenth century, with a special focus on theatre and performance; political history; slavery and abolition; gender; autobiographies and print culture. 

My first book, Staging the Peninsular War: English Theatres 1807-1815 (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015/2016) draws upon a range of visual, printed and manuscript sources in order to examine the larger political and ideological axes of Romantic-period performance. It explores how, during the seven vexed years that marked the Peninsular War, the English theatres helped ascribe new urgency to issues such as citizenship, patriotism, and the articulation of national identities. It also provides the first printed ‘Calendar of Plays for Covent Garden, Drury Lane and Bristol Theatre Royal, 1807–1815’. 

Other essays of mine have focused on Peninsular War poetry and novels; Romantic-period wartime and post-war theatre; women’s writing; satirical prints; and Anglo-Caribbean exchanges (as listed below).

Current doctoral students are working on Byron, Shelley and Leopardi; and William Wordsworth, Joanna Baillie and Robert Browning. I would be delighted to hear from postgraduate students working on any aspect of English literature from 1660 to 1830, especially: Romantic-period drama, theatre and performance; writing of the Romantic period in relation to its historical contexts; slavery and abolition; writing in response to war; private lives (diaries, letters); the intersection of literature and visual cultures.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 11 am -12 pm (via Zoom)

Research interests

  • Theatre, drama and performance; long eighteenth century; Romanticism; politics; race; visual culture (especially satirical prints); gender

Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: : Keynote Address: The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World III Conference, University of Oxford, April 2021.
  • 2019: : Keynote Address: Humour and Satire in British Romanticism Conference, Durham University, September 2019.
  • 2016: : Co-Curator for the Bodleian Library exhibition, Staging History, 1780–1840, University of Oxford. Autumn Public engagements included: an interview for a local TV station, gallery tours and podcast recordings. Podcast recordings available online < https://itunes.apple.com/gb/itunes-u/id1186199697>

Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited Journal

  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2017). The BARS Review. (49): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2016). The BARS Review. (47-48): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2015). The BARS Review. (45-46): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Valladares, Susan, Haywood, Ian, Oliver, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2014). The BARS Review. (44): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Higgins, David, Valladares, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2013). BARS Bulletin & Review. (42-43): British Association for Romantic Studies.
  • Higgins, David, Valladares, Susan & Sangster, Matthew (2012). BARS Bulletin & Review. (41): British Association for Romantic Studies.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Valladares, Susan (2018). 'Resisting Slavery'. Blog.
  • Valladares, Susan & Burden, Michael (2017). Staging History: A Curator’s Introduction.
  • Valladares, Susan, Burden, Michael & Kennerley, David (2016). Staging History, 1780 to 1840, Oxford University Podcasts (4 episodes). Podcast.
  • Valladares, Susan (guest) (2016). 'Staging History in Regency-Era Britain’, That’s TV South Midlands.
  • Valladares, Susan (2015). ‘A Tyrant at Covent Garden: 6 April 1815’, 100 Days in 100 Objects online exhibition.
  • Valladares, Susan (2015). ‘Five Questions: Susan Valladares on Staging the Peninsular War’. Blog.
  • Valladares, Susan (2015). ‘Waterloo’s bicentenary and the Napoleonic Wars in Portugal and Spain – a guest post from Susan Valladares’. Blog.
  • Valladares,Susan (2015). ‘A Tyrant at Covent Garden: 6 April 1815.’.

Supervision students