Dr Thomas Rist

Dr Thomas Rist

Senior Lecturer


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Research Interests

Thomas Rist (BA, PhD) trained at The Shakespeare Institute (Stratford-upon-Avon, University of Birmingham), before taking teaching posts at Peterhouse, Cambridge, The University of Tampere in Finland and the University of Aberdeen.  His continuing research interest is the interaction of Shakespeare's and Renaissance drama with the religio-political transformations of the era.  This has led to topics as seemingly diverse as meditation on the Passion, dramatic purgation, early modern scepticism, magic, grief, and the commemoration of the dead.  In recent years Dr Rist has also turned to poetry, writing on the church monuments of George Herbert and the venerating love of Sir Philip Sidney and later sonneteers.  Dr Rist is increasingly absorbed by early modern memory studies, hauntology and epitaphs.  He welcomes enquiries from potential research students with kindred interests.  




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  • Rist, TCK 2018, David Brown and the Virgin Mary: A Literary Perspective. in GV Allen, CR Brewer & DF Kinlaw (eds), The Moving Text: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on David Brown and the Bible. SCM Press.
  • Rist, T 2016, ''Those Organnons by which it Mooves’: Shakespearean Theatre and the Romish Cult of the Dead', Shakespeare Survey, vol. 69, pp. 216-227. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/SSO9781316670408.018
  • Rist, TCK 2016, 'Miraculous Organ: Shakespeare and ‘Catharsis’', Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 133-150. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.13136/sjtds.v2i1.46
  • Rist, TCK (ed.) 2016, The Spanish Tragedy: A Critical Reader. Arden Early Modern Drama Guides, Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Rist, TCK 2015, Mary of Recusants and Reform: Literary Memory and Defloration. in V Brownlee & L Gallagher (eds), Biblical Women in Early Modern Literary Culture 1550-1700. Manchester University Press, pp. 163-179.
  • Rist, TCK 2014, 'Astrophil and Stella Maris: Poetic Ladies, the Virgin Mary and the Culture of Love in Reformation England', Sidney Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 69-92. <> [Online] DOI: http://www.sidneysociety.org/?page_id=30
  • Rist, TCK 2013, Catharsis as "purgation" in Shakespearean Drama. in K Craik & T Pollard (eds), Shakespearean Sensations: Experiencing Literature in Early Modern England. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 138-153.
  • Rist, TCK 2013, Monuments and Religion: George Herbert's Poetic Materials. in A Gordon & T Rist (eds), The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation. Material Readings in Early Modern Culture, Ashgate .
  • Rist, TCK & Gordon, A (eds) 2013, The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation. Material Readings in Early Modern Culture, Ashgate , Farnham.
  • Rist, TCK 2013, Transgression Embodied: Medicine, Religion and Shakespeare's Dramatized Persons. in R Loughnane & E Semple (eds), Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England. Palgrave Shakespeare Series, Palgrave , pp. 120-135.
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