Mary McNally

Position: Senior Lecturer in English and Joint Level Four SH/JHS Personal Tutor (with Aled Williams)

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Humanities

Subject area: English

Research Centre: Identity, Conflict and Representation

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I am a Senior Lecturer in English and Joint Level Four Personal Tutor with my colleague, Aled Williams.

Teaching responsibilities

My main research and teaching interests are:

  • Shakespeare Today
  • 16th and 17th Century Literature modules (Early Modern Words/Early Modern Worlds; Transgression and Restoration)
  • Mutants and Monsters: Fantasy Literature
  • Critical Theory II
  • Gender and Identity in Contemporary Literature
  • Literature and Society: The English Conference Module
  • Independent Study

Professional interests

I am interested in:

  • The Early Modern Period: especially Shakespeare, Webster, Middleton and Marlowe. Early Modern Women's Writing: particularly Margaret Cavendish, Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Wroth, Mary Sidney and Katherine Phillips. The Restoration
  • Authors: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, Angela Carter, Colm Toibin
  • Shakespeare and technology-enhanced learning
  • Detective Fiction (Agatha Christie).

Research interests

Early Modern Women's Writing, especially royal and noble coteries and the development from Catholicism to Protestantism; female spiritual autobiographies.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a:

  • Fellow of the HEA;
  • Member of the British Shakespeare Association and the World Shakespeare Association;
  • and Member of the Early Modern Women's Writing Association.


  • BA English and French, University of London
  • PGCE FE/HE, University of Liverpool
  • MA in Shakespeare Studies, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford Upon Avon (University of Birmingham)

Recent conferences

  • Contemporary Women’s Writing Network Conferences: September 2014; February and June 2015
  • Northern/Southern Renaissance Seminars: October/December, May 2014/15 (Middleton, Marlowe, Dekker, Beaumont & Fletcher Series III) at Universities of London and Exeter
  • Shakespeare Re-Gained (Newcastle, February 2015)
  • Talking Bodies (Chester, March 2015)
  • Tudor Symposium, London, Senate House: April 2015 (16thC Women’s Writing)
  • Women of Ireland Research Network; The Irish Female Diaspora II (Bristol, April 2015)
  • Drama and the English Renaissance (Newcastle, April 2015)
  • Annual British Shakespeare Association Conference, Stratford Upon Avon: August 2015
  • RSC Voice/Text Workshop: October 2015
  • Shakespeare400 (preparatory sessions): November and December 2015.

Additional interests and activities

#DigiShakes400 - with colleagues from the 1623 Theatre Company, QUAD, Derby; RSC; Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. November 2017.

International experience

Teaching in France and China.

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