Dr Ann Kaegi

Director of Learning and Teaching (School of Arts)

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 465825

Dr Ann Kaegi's primary area of research interest is in Shakespeare and English Renaissance drama.

She is particularly interested in Shakespeare's historical dramas and in 'unruly voices and unruly subjects' in early modern writing.

Dr Kaegi has a long-standing interest in early modern resistance theory and the political languages of the 16th and 17th centuries more generally, and is especially intrigued by forms of resistance, disobedience and unruliness.


Research Interests

  • Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation

  • Early modern drama

  • The impact of the Reformation on mourning ritual; literary and dramatic forms of lamentation and complaint and their political implications

  • Unruliness and early modern writing


Kaegi A, 'Introduction', 'Play in Performance' and 'Further Reading', in William Shakespeare's Henry V, edited with commentary by Humphreys A R, revised by Kaegi A, Penguin (2010, reprinted 2015)

Kaegi A, '(S)wept from power: two versions of tyrannicide in Richard III' , in The Renaissance of Emotion: understanding affect in Shakespeare and his contemporaries, edited by Erin Sulivan and Richard Meek, pp 200-220, Manchester University Press (2015)

Kaegi A, ‘What say the citizens in Shakespeare’s Richard III?', Journal of Early Modern Studies, Volume 2, pp 96-116 (2013)

Kaegi A, '"How apply you this?" Conflict and consensus in Coriolanus. Shakespeare', Journal of the British Shakespeare Association, 4.4, pp.362-378 (2008), reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism, Vol. 132 (2010)

Kaegi A, ‘Raping Lucrece: grief, remembrance and the politics of affect in Shakespeare and the visual arts’, Shakespeare Institute Open Day public research lecture held at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 March 2016

Kaegi, A. 'Passionate Uprisings in Shakespeare's Lucrece', Shakespeare (journal), 14:3, pp.205-215 (2018).·        https://doi.org/10.1080/17450918.2018.1504814


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Drama and Performance (Level 4, Convener)

  • Elizabethan Literature (Level 5, Convener)

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts (Level 6, Convener, research specialism)

  • Jacobean Drama (Level 5)

  • Shakespeare (Level 6)


  • Unruly Voices: Resistance and Dissidence in Early Modern Writing' (Level 7)

Research PhDs

Dr Kaegi would welcome PhD applications from students interested in any aspect of early modern drama, Shakespeare, forms of unruliness and resistance in early modern writing, Renaissance rhetoric, Shakespeare adaptations, and the teaching of Shakespeare.


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA

  • MA (Toronto)

  • PhD (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

Professional highlights

  • Chair of organising committee for 'Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life and Afterlives', 7th British Shakespeare Conference, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and attracting more than 165 delegates from around the world, University of Hull, September 2016

  • Series organiser, Ferens Fine Art Lectures on ‘Shakespeare and Art’, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, September-November 2016. Keynote speakers included Catherine Alexander (The Shakespeare Institute), Bill Barclay (Director of Music, Shakespeare’s Globe), Tarnya Cooper (Curatorial Director, National Portrait Gallery), Russell Jackson (University of Birmingham; text consultant on Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptations of Shakespeare and on Oliver Parker’s film Othello), Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen).

  • Co-organiser of the 2016 Distinguished Drama Lecture, Barrie Rutter (Artistic Director, Northern Broadsides), ‘Northern Voices: Performing Classical Work in Non-Velvet Spaces’, September 2016