Dr Huw Griffiths

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2065

Biographical details

My research interests lie in sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, with a focus on Shakespearean drama. Specific interests include: constructions of the early modern nation; sovereignty; Restoration and eighteenth-century adaptations of Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists; contemporary performances of Shakespeare plays. Other interests include twentieth-century and contemporary British poetry, and contemporary gay fiction.

Research interests

Teaching and supervision

I teach widely in early modern literature, especially drama, and in twentieth-century British poetry; I would welcome research students with similar or related interests.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Censorship, Collaboration, and the Construction of Authorship in Early Modern Theatre Gabriella EDELSTEIN
'Hamlet' at the Edge of English Jennifer NICHOLSON

Current projects

Shakespeare's Body Parts

In this project, I examine body parts in Shakespeare’s English history plays: how they are represented and, particularly, how they are implicated in the discourses and practices of sovereign power.

Love, Desire, and Friendship Between Men in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Adaptations of Shakespeare

In this project, I aim to make an intervention into histories of male-male relationships, variously construed as either homosocial or homoerotic, through analyzing Restoration and early eighteenth-century adaptations of earlier drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2016

  • Words Make Things Happen: Transforming Shakespeare in the English Curriculum; Griffiths H, Curwood J, O'Grady A; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Cultures of Modernities in the Global Medieval and Pre-Modern World; Amer S, Sirantoine H, Klein E, Anstey P, Gagne J, Borghesi F, Wooding J, Shaw J, Griffiths H; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/SSSHARC Collaborative Projects Support Scheme.

2012

  • Putting Periodisation to Use: Exploring the Limits of Early Modernity; Gagne J, Gal O, Gaukroger S, Griffiths H, Maddox A, McIlvenna U, Parsons N, Semler L; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Edited Books

  • Griffiths, H. (2005). Shakespeare Hamlet: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism. United States: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Griffiths, H. (2013). "Shall I Never See a Lusty Man Again?": John Fletcher's Men, 1608-1715. In Terri Bourus, Gary Taylor (Eds.), The Creation and Re-Creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes, (pp. 95-107). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2013). The Lecture as Theatre: Learning the boundaries of scepticism in The Winter's Tale. In Kate Flaherty, Penny Gay, L E Semler (Eds.), Teaching Shakespeare Beyond the Centre: Australasian Perspectives, (pp. 87-96). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2012). The Friend in Cardenio, Double Falsehood, and Don Quixote. In David Carnegie and Gary Taylor (Eds.), The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play, (pp. 239-255). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2010). 'O, I am ignorance itself in this!' Listening to Welsh in Shakespeare and Armin. In Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer (Eds.), Shakespeare and Wales: From Marches to the Assembly, (pp. 111-126). Farnham, UK: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2010). Shakespeare, Pathos and Sovereign Violence: 3 Henry VI and King Lear. In Darryl Chalk and Laurie Johnson (Eds.), Rapt in Secret Studies: Emerging Shakespeares, (pp. 91-111). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Griffiths, H. (2007). Letter-writing Lucrece: Shakespeare in the 1590s. In Jennifer Richards and Alison Thorne (Eds.), Rhetoric, Women and Politics in Early Modern England, (pp. 89-110). London, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Griffiths, H. (2016). Muted All with Hawkes. Shakespeare Studies, 44, 112-124.
  • Griffiths, H. (2016). Sovereignty, Synecdoche, and the Prosthetic Hand in King John. Exemplaria, 28(1), 21-43. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2015). Adapting Same-sex Friendship: Fletcher and Shakespeare's 'The Two Noble Kinsmen', and Davenant's 'The Rivals'. Shakespeare, 11(1), 20-29. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2015). Passports and the Locations of Sovereignty in The Reign of Edward III. English Studies, 96(7), 747-771. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2014). Hotel Rooms and Bodily Fluids in Two Recent Productions of 'Measure for Measure', Or, Why Barnardine is Still Important. Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, 32(4), 559-583. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2013). The History Cycle after Brecht: Sovereignty, Pathos and Violence in The War of the Roses (Sydney Theatre Company, 2009). Shakespeare, 9(1), 91-107. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2007). The Sonnet in Ruins: Time and the Nation in 1599. Early Modern Culture: an electronic seminar, (6).
  • Griffiths, H. (2004). The Geographies of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. English Literary Renaissance, 34(3), 339-358.
  • Griffiths, H. (2003). Britain in Ruins: the Picts’ Wall and the Union of the two Crowns. Rethinking History, 7(1), 89-105. [More Information]

Textual Creative Works

  • Griffiths, H. (2016). Review: Disgraced turns West-meets-Islam divisions into striking melodrama. The Conversation, 3 May 2016, (pp. 1 - 4). Melbourne, Australia: The Conversation Media Group. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2015). Seventeen at Belvoir: A Brilliant Theatrical Event with a Happy, Hetero Ending. The Conversation, 13/08/2015, Melbourne, Australia: The Conversation Media Group. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2014). Friendless Hamlet in Sydney. Shakespeare Newsletter, 64(1), (pp. 37 - 39). New Rochelle, NY, United States of America: Iona College, Department of English.
  • Griffiths, H. (2009). Wars without end. The War of the Roses [program], (pp. 1 - 2). Sydney, Australia: Sydney Theatre Company.

2016

  • Griffiths, H. (2016). Muted All with Hawkes. Shakespeare Studies, 44, 112-124.
  • Griffiths, H. (2016). Review: Disgraced turns West-meets-Islam divisions into striking melodrama. The Conversation, 3 May 2016, (pp. 1 - 4). Melbourne, Australia: The Conversation Media Group. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2016). Sovereignty, Synecdoche, and the Prosthetic Hand in King John. Exemplaria, 28(1), 21-43. [More Information]

2015

  • Griffiths, H. (2015). Adapting Same-sex Friendship: Fletcher and Shakespeare's 'The Two Noble Kinsmen', and Davenant's 'The Rivals'. Shakespeare, 11(1), 20-29. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2015). Passports and the Locations of Sovereignty in The Reign of Edward III. English Studies, 96(7), 747-771. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2015). Seventeen at Belvoir: A Brilliant Theatrical Event with a Happy, Hetero Ending. The Conversation, 13/08/2015, Melbourne, Australia: The Conversation Media Group. [More Information]

2014

  • Griffiths, H. (2014). Friendless Hamlet in Sydney. Shakespeare Newsletter, 64(1), (pp. 37 - 39). New Rochelle, NY, United States of America: Iona College, Department of English.
  • Griffiths, H. (2014). Hotel Rooms and Bodily Fluids in Two Recent Productions of 'Measure for Measure', Or, Why Barnardine is Still Important. Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, 32(4), 559-583. [More Information]

2013

  • Griffiths, H. (2013). "Shall I Never See a Lusty Man Again?": John Fletcher's Men, 1608-1715. In Terri Bourus, Gary Taylor (Eds.), The Creation and Re-Creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes, (pp. 95-107). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2013). The History Cycle after Brecht: Sovereignty, Pathos and Violence in The War of the Roses (Sydney Theatre Company, 2009). Shakespeare, 9(1), 91-107. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2013). The Lecture as Theatre: Learning the boundaries of scepticism in The Winter's Tale. In Kate Flaherty, Penny Gay, L E Semler (Eds.), Teaching Shakespeare Beyond the Centre: Australasian Perspectives, (pp. 87-96). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2012

  • Griffiths, H. (2012). The Friend in Cardenio, Double Falsehood, and Don Quixote. In David Carnegie and Gary Taylor (Eds.), The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play, (pp. 239-255). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2010

  • Griffiths, H. (2010). 'O, I am ignorance itself in this!' Listening to Welsh in Shakespeare and Armin. In Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer (Eds.), Shakespeare and Wales: From Marches to the Assembly, (pp. 111-126). Farnham, UK: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, H. (2010). Shakespeare, Pathos and Sovereign Violence: 3 Henry VI and King Lear. In Darryl Chalk and Laurie Johnson (Eds.), Rapt in Secret Studies: Emerging Shakespeares, (pp. 91-111). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2009

  • Griffiths, H. (2009). Wars without end. The War of the Roses [program], (pp. 1 - 2). Sydney, Australia: Sydney Theatre Company.

2007

  • Griffiths, H. (2007). Letter-writing Lucrece: Shakespeare in the 1590s. In Jennifer Richards and Alison Thorne (Eds.), Rhetoric, Women and Politics in Early Modern England, (pp. 89-110). London, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Griffiths, H. (2007). The Sonnet in Ruins: Time and the Nation in 1599. Early Modern Culture: an electronic seminar, (6).

2005

  • Griffiths, H. (2005). Shakespeare Hamlet: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism. United States: Palgrave Macmillan.

2004

  • Griffiths, H. (2004). The Geographies of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. English Literary Renaissance, 34(3), 339-358.

2003

  • Griffiths, H. (2003). Britain in Ruins: the Picts’ Wall and the Union of the two Crowns. Rethinking History, 7(1), 89-105. [More Information]

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