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Research interests

Dr Ailsa Grant Fergusons research is in the field of early modern English literature and its afterlives, especially Shakespeare in performance and cultural contexts, performance and gender, literary commemoration and early modern women’s writing. Her publications to date focus on Shakespeare in cultural memory; Shakespeare and the First World War; appropriations of Shakespeare and counter-cultural expression; early modern mothers’ legacies and the idea of posthumous writing. Her most recent major project has uncovered the full history of the SHakespeare Hut, a First World War building for New Zealand ANZACS on leave in London that contained a purpose-built theatre and was created to mark Shakespeare's tercentary in 1916.

Scholarly biography

Dr Grant Ferguson joined the University of Brighton in 2014, following working as the National Theatre's first academic in residence, and a post at King’s College London. In her early career, she taught at the University of Bristol and is also a PGCE-qualified and experienced teacher with keen interests in pedagogy and widening participation, having spent time as Head of Department (English, Media and MFL) in an FE College and as an experienced A Level examiner before taking up her previous post at King's.

After receiving the Society for Theatre Research Award in 2013, her monograph, Shakespeare, Cinema, Counterculture was published by Routledge in 2016, which was followed by co-authoring a collaborative monograph with an international group of scholars, 'Antipodal Shakespeare' (published by Bloomsbury in 2014). Grant Ferguson's second monograph, The Shakespeare Hut will be published in 2018 by the Arden Shakespeare (Bloomsbury). She is currently collaborating with Dr Kate Aughterson on a teaching book for the Arden Shakespeare series, Shakespeare and Gender, which will be published in 2020.

With a particular experience and interest in public engagement and media communication, her recent engagement and consultation includes work with the National Theatre, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company, YMCA, Chawton House Library, BBC Radio 3 & 4 and the National Trust. She speaks regularly on Shakespeare and early modern literature in the media.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bristol

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William Shakespeare Arts & Humanities
Huts Arts & Humanities
Commemoration Arts & Humanities
Appropriation Arts & Humanities
Cinema Arts & Humanities
Wartime Arts & Humanities
Forgetting Arts & Humanities
Documentary Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 5 Chapter
  • 4 Book - authored
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Other contribution

Shakespeare and Gender

Grant Ferguson, A. & Aughterson, K. 1 Jan 2019 (Accepted/In press) London. 200 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

William Shakespeare

Antipodal Shakespeare: Remembering and Forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916 - 2016

McMullan, G., Mead, P., Grant Ferguson, A., Houhlahan, M. & Flaherty, K. 2 Aug 2018 London. 240 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

United Kingdom

The Shakespeare Hut: A Story of Performance, Memory and Identity 1916-1923

Grant Ferguson, A. 27 Dec 2018 London. 240 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

‘A dumme thynge’: The posthumous voice as rhetoric in the mothers’ legacies of Dorothy Leigh and Elizabeth Joscelin

Grant Ferguson, A. 10 May 2017 The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination: Missing, Presumed Dead. London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter