Prof. Penny Gay
BA Melb. PhD Lond. MA
+61 2 9351 2365
My research tends to focus on theatre history, whether it's Shakespeare or 18th and 19th-century British drama. Following on from my book Jane Austen and the Theatre (CUP, 2002), I have an ARC Discovery grant to explore roles written for women in 18th-century theatre. I've published quite extensively on the position and representation of women in the theatre, particularly in Shakespeare (my Routledge book As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women was published in 1994). I have strong interests in music, particularly opera, classical song, and the 20th-century musical.
- Shakespeare (member of EMLAC research group)
- Nineteenth-Century Studies
- Theatre History
- Film adaptations of classic literature
- ARC DISCOVERY GRANT, 2005-7
‘Speaking Women: Actresses’ roles in English drama, 1737-1800’
- Post-Modernist Shakespeare, as part of 'Shakespeare Reloaded' AQC Linkage Grant, 2008-10
- The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), 150pp.
- 2007 'Games and dreams of identity', programme essay for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Twelfth Night.
- 2007 'Jane Fairfax and the she-tragedies of the eighteenth century', Persuasions (journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America) 29, 121-30.
- 2006 ‘'Changing Shakespeare: new possibilities for the modern actress', The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Actress, John Stokes and Maggie B. Gale (eds), Cambridge University Press, 314-26.
- 2005 ‘Pastimes’, Jane Austen in Context, ed. Janet Todd, Cambridge University Press, 337-45.
- 2005 ‘Transformations: Emma and Clueless, a Girl’s Own Story’, Creativity and Transformation, ed. Richard Madelaine, The English Association, Sydney, 95-106.
- 2004 ‘Fanny Price, wild colonial girl’ (Patricia Rozema’s Mansfield Park), in Re-Drawing Austen: Picturesque Travels in Austenland, Beatrice Battaglia and Diego Saglia (eds) Liguori Editore, 387-94.
- 2004 W. Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, ed. E.S. Donno (Updated Edition), Introduction (20,000 words) and some apparatus revisions, Cambridge University Press, 170 pp.
- 2004 ‘David Williamson at Thirty-one Plays’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 14, 3, 5-11.
- 2003 'Shakespeare's Othello, Verdi's Otello', programme essay for Opera Australia's production of Verdi's Otello (reprinted for new production, 2008).
- 2003 ‘Twelfth Night: “the babbling gossip of the air”’, A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works, vol. 3 The Comedies, eds Richard Dutton and Jean Howard, Oxford: Blackwell, 429-446
- 2002 ‘Women and Shakespearean Performance’, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage, eds Stanley Wells and Sarah Stanton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 155-173
- 2002 ‘Portia Performs: Playing the Role in the Twentieth-Century English Theater’, The Merchant of Venice: New Critical Essays, eds John W. Mahon and Ellen Macleod Mahon, New York and London: Routledge, 431-454
- 2002 Jane Austen and the Theatre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xi + 201 pp.
- 2001 ‘International Glamour or Home-grown Entertainment, 1948-64’, O Brave New World: Two Centuries of Shakespeare on the Australian Stage, eds John Golder and Richard Madelaine, Sydney: Currency Press, 180-199
- 1999 Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Writers and Their Work, The British Council in association with Northcote House, Plymouth UK, pp.ix + 107
- 1999 ‘The conflict of love and death’, programme essay for Opera Australia’s production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette
- 1998 ‘Emilia Speaks Her Mind: Othello, 4.3.82-99’, Sydney Studies in English, 24, 40-47
- 1998 ‘Recent Australian Shrews: The “Larrikin Element”’, Shakespeare and the Twentieth Century, The Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World congress, Los Angeles, 1996; eds Jonathan Bate, Jill L. Levensohn, Dieter Miehl, London: Associated University Presses, 168-182.
Reprinted in M. Novy (ed.) Transforming Shakespeare: Contemporary women’s re-visions in literature and performance, New York: Palgrave, 1999, 35-50.
- 1998 ‘Shakespeare in Translation: The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice’, Shakespeare: Readers, Audiences, Players, eds R.S.White, Charles Edelman, Christopher Wortham, Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 131-139
- 1998 ‘Anne Brontë and the Forms of Romantic Comedy’, Brontë Society Transactions, 23, 1 (April 1998), 54-62
- 1997 ‘Pictures of perfection? Filming Jane Austen’, Sydney Studies in English, 23, 41-57
- 1996 ‘Verdi’s Falstaff and Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor’ : programme essay for Opera Australia’s production of Falstaff ; repr. 1999 for revival of production
- 1996 ‘The “Elizabethan Experiment”: re-creating Shakespearean performance conditions in Sydney, 1986-1991’, in Shakespeare Outside England ed. H.Kerr, R. Eaden, M.Mitton, University of Delaware Press, 170-180
- 1995 Jane Austen’s Emma (Horizon Studies in Literature), Sydney University Press in association with OUP Australia, 70 pp.
- 1994 W. Shakespeare ed. P. Gay, The Merchant of Venice : Science Press, 200 pp.
- 1994 As She Likes It: Shakespeare’s Unruly Women: Routledge, 200 pp.
- 1994 ‘Bastards from the Bush: Virginia Woolf and her Antipodean Relations’, Virginia Woolf: Emerging Perspectives (Selected Papers from the Third Annual Virginia Woolf Conference), eds Mark Hussey and Vara Neverow, Pace University Press, 289-95
- 1992 Michael Gow’s Away: the Shakespeare Connection’ Reconnoitres, eds M. Harris and E. Webby, Oxford University Press Australia, 204-213