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Pete Smith

Associate Professor

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


Dr Pete Smith is a Reader in Renaissance Literature.

Career overview

Dr Smith has taught at a range of Higher Education Institutions. Prior to becoming an academic he worked in theatre production.

Research areas

Dr Smith is a Reader in Renaissance Literature. He is the author of Social Shakespeare (Macmillan, 1995) and Between Two Stools: Scatology and its representations in English Literature, Chaucer to Swift (Manchester University Press, 2012). He has recently published essays on city comedy, Shakespeare's narrative poetry as well as film versions of Othello. He writes regularly for Times Higher Education. He is a trustee of the British Shakespeare Association and on the editorial board of the journals, Shakespeare, Early Modern Literary Studies and Cahiers Elisabethains. At the moment he is writing a stage history of Twelth Night and an essay on the films of Derek Jarman. With Deborah Cartmell, he is also co-editing a book on Much Ado About Nothing.

Dr Smith has supervised a range of postgraduate research projects, and is currently supervising one PhD student on the AHRC Midlands3Cities DTP scheme who is working on the stage history of Shakespeare's Apocryphal plays. He has recently examined doctorates on Shakespeare's Late Plays and the theatre of Christopher Marlowe, and would welcome research students in any of these areas:

  • Early Modern theatre and performance practice
  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Scatology, physicality and early modern culture
  • Performance history
  • The theory, practice and reception of theatre reviewing
  • Shakespeare on film

Current PhD Student

  • Kath Bradley (Director of Studies) PhD student

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Public lectures recently to:

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:



Edited Journals:

  • Cahiers Elisabéthains. Smith PJ and Valls-Russell J and Prescott P (eds), the 40th anniversary edition of Cahiers Elisabéthains, Nothing if not Critical: Theatre Reviewing Internationally. with contributors from Tunisia, S Africa, France, Switzerland, Australia, America, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Spain and the UK, 2012
  • Shakespeare. Smith PJ, Edmondson P and Prescott P (eds), a special issue of Shakespeare, dedicated to reviewing Shakespearean theatre: The State of the Art, 2010, 6

Chapters in Books:

  • The Critical Backstory. Smith PJ in (ed) A Connolly, Richard III: A Critical Reader, 2013, Arden Shakespeare for Bloomsbury, 22-45
  • Tales of the City: The Plays of Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton. Smith PJ in (ed) Hattaway M, A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, 2010, Wiley-Blackwell, 2 volumes, I, 352-66

Journal articles:

  • Exonerating Rape: Pornography as Exculpation in Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece. Smith PJ, Shakespeare, 5, 2009, 407-22

See all of Peter Smith's publications...

Press expertise

  • Shakespeare in performance
  • Renaissance Theatre
  • Theatre reception and reviewing
  • History of hygiene