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 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.

Selected grants

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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.

Textual Creative Works

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

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

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