Dr Kate Graham
Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Theatre)
My research interests focus on Early Modern drama (particularly revenge tragedies); revenge; contemporary performances of Early Modern drama; queer theory; and queer history.
I have taught in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster since 2007 and became a permanent member of staff in 2016. I have recently developed, and am now course leader for, two new Theatre Studies degrees for the department - BA (Hons) Theatre Studies & English Literature and BA (Hons) Theatre Studies & Creative Writing.
Along with my college, Dr Simon Avery, I am Director of the Queer London Research Forum, which we established in 2013 in order to investigate London's queer histories, from the mid-1800s to the present.
I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Westminster (First Class); an MA in Text and Performance Studies from King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Distinction); an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies from Birkbeck, University of London (Distinction); and a PhD in Theatre Studies from Birkbeck and RADA. As well as teaching at Westminster, I have taught at Birkbeck and run guest seminars at King’s College and Manchester University.
Since April 2014, I have also worked as a theatre reviewer for The Morning Star, you can find my reviews here.
I am an occasional contributor to the Beesotted Pride of West London Brentford FC podcast and the Beesotted LoveSport Radio show.
I am currently Course Leader for the new BA Theatre Studies & English Literature and BA Theatre Studies & Creative Writing programmes. Broadly speaking, my teaching covers Early Modern drama; 20th/21st century theatre; and sexuality and queer studies.
At the postgraduate level I run the module Queer Now. Focusing on the 1990s to the present, this module considers queer theory and ideas around queerness. Examining a range of theoretical, literary and cultural perspectives on the topic, the module investigates what queer means and how it has shaped our ideas about sexuality, identity, the body, intimacy and desire, history, and representation.
My research focuses on two areas and the main focus of my research is revenge and the revenge dramas of the Early Modern period, particularly those by Thomas Kyd, Thomas Middleton, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher, John Ford and John Webster. I am particularly interested in how revenge intersects with ideas around temporality, gender, the emotions, and sexuality and desire. My forthcoming monograph, Queer Revenge, focuses on the relationship between revenge, the revenger and queerness as it relates to gender and to temporality.
My work has been published in Early Theatre and I have a chapter considering the relationship between objects and gender in Thomas Middelton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy in The Revenger's Tragedy: The State of Play (2018), edited by Gretchen Minton. I have forthcoming book chapters considering the relationship between strangeness and revenge in The Maid's Tragedy and The Revenger's Tragedy; considering the temporalities of anger and revenge in The Spanish Tragedy; and considering John Fletcher's engagement with gender.
In January 2016, I organised a funded event for the London Renaissance Seminar, titled 'Renaissance Revenge: In and Out of Time'. The half-day symposium focused on the relationship between revenge and time in Early Modern drama. It also considered the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and featured a roundtable discussion of the revenge plays the Wanamaker has staged.
The second, but connected, thread of my research focuses on queer history and questions around queer temporalities. Along with my colleague, Dr Simon Avery, I recently edited Sex, Time and Place: Queer Histories of London c. 1850 to the present (Bloomsbury, 2016). In this collection I have a chapter examining the efficacy of queer temporality theory as a frame through which to consider ideas of queer London. The collection draws on work from the 2013 Queer London conference and following the conference Dr Avery and myself set up the Queer London Research Forum. The Forum curates 2-3 events each academic year.