Dr Richard Meek

Lecturer/ Postgraduate Research Tutor

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465637

Dr Meek's main research interests are in Shakespeare and early modern literature, ekphrasis and the relationship between visual and verbal modes of representation, and the history of emotion. 

His monograph Narrating the Visual in Shakespeare was published by Ashgate in 2009. He has co-edited several collections of essays including The Renaissance of emotion (Manchester University Press, 2015), and Ekphrastic encounters: new interdisciplinary essays on literature and the visual arts (Manchester University Press, 2018). 

Dr Meek's current research project is a monograph that explores representations of sympathy and empathy in early modern literature. It is provisionally titled 'Sympathy in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1580–1640'.


Research Interests

  • Shakespeare and early modern literature

  • Ekphrasis and the relationship between visual and verbal modes of representation

  • The history of emotion

  • Shakespeare's afterlives

  • Renaissance proverbial culture


Meek R, Rickard J and Wilson R (eds), Shakespeare’s Book: Essays on Reading, Writing and Reception (Manchester University Press, 2008)

Meek R, Narrating the Visual in Shakespeare (Ashgate, 2009)

‘“O, what a sympathy of woe is this”: Passionate Sympathy in Titus Andronicus’, Shakespeare Survey, 66, 287-97 (2013)

Meek R and Sullivan E, The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (Manchester University Press, 2015)

Meek R and Kennedy D (co-ed), Ekphrastic Encounters: New Interdisciplinary Essays on Literature and the Visual Arts (Manchester University Press, 2018)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Re-Visioning Shakespeare

  • Travels in Text and Time
  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature

  • Shakespeare

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts


  • Medieval and Renaissance Intertextualities (MA module)

  • Victorian Literature and the Visual Arts (MA module)

Research PhDs

Dr Meek is happy to supervise PhD students interested in Shakespeare and early modern literature; Shakespeare's afterlives; the history of emotion; and the relationship between visual and verbal art.

Current PhD supervisions 

Andrew Hewitt, Thomas Hardy, Affect and Body Language (co-supervised with Jane Thomas)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA, University of Bristol

  • MA, University of Bristol

  • PhD, University of Bristol

External roles

  • Member of Biennial International Shakespeare Conference, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, since 2010

  • Guest editor of special issue of Shakespeare

  • Member of advisory boards of ‘Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism’ series and the journal Shakespeare

  • Academic reader for Modern Language ReviewShakespeareEarly Modern Literary Studies and Manchester University Press

Awards and accolades

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2010–12)

  • Small conference grant, Society of Renaissance Studies, to support 'Shakespeare and Early Modern Emotion' conference (2011)

  • Conference grant, International Association of Word and Image Studies, to support 'Ekphrasis: from Paragone to Encounter’ conference (2013)

  • Grant from the Ferens Educational Trust to fund ‘Literature and Emotions’ series of public lectures at University of Hull (2015)

  • International Visitor Fellowship, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia, Perth (2017)

Professional highlights

International Visitor Fellowship at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, included giving the opening keynote lecture at 'Hamlet and Emotions: Then and Now'.