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Sarah Burdett

I was awarded my PhD from the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies/Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York in October 2016. My thesis is titled 'Martial Women in the British Theatre, 1789-1804'. It explores the interaction between the British stage and the rise of women's military activism in revolutionary France. I am currently developing my thesis into a monograph titled 'The Arms-Bearing Woman and the British Theatre in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1815'.

Since finishing my PhD I have worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, where I collaborated with Professor Katherine Astbury (project lead) Dr Devon Cox (theatre historian) and Dr Diane Tisdall (musicologist) on the AHRC funded project 'Staging Napoleonic Theatre'. I took on the role of dramaturge for the revival of two nineteenth-century melodramas performed at Portchester Castle and the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, in July and August 2017. Since this I have been awarded and pursued visiting Fellowships at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (BSECS-Bodleian Visiting Fellowship, Sep-Oct 2017), and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC (Folger Short-term Visiting Fellowship, Oct.-Dec. 2017). I have also worked alongside Professor Nicola Watson as a research consultant on the project ‘Writers’ Houses, Their Past, Present, and (Digital) Futures’ (May-July 2018).

I am presently employed as an Associate Tutor in the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, where I teach the undergraduate modules Modern World Literatures, Modes of Reading, and Epic into Novel.

Theatre History Podcast #43

Theatre History Podcast #43

Being Melodramatic with the Staging Napoleonic Theatre Project

14 August 2017

The Staging Napoleonic Theatre project is working to study and stage early examples of melodrama, a theatrical genre that was widely popular in the nineteenth century.​