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.
He recently co-edited a collection of essays titled The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (Manchester University Press, 2015).
Dr Meek's current research project is a monograph that explores representations of sympathy and empathy in early modern literature. It is provisionally titled 'The Relativity of Sorrows: Sympathy in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1580-1640'.
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'.
“Rue e’en for ruth”: Richard II and the Imitation of Sympathy
Meek, R. (2015). “Rue e’en for ruth”: Richard II and the Imitation of Sympathy. In E. Sullivan, & R. Meek (Eds.), The Renaissance of emotion: Understanding affect in Shakespeare and his contemporaries, 130-152. Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719090783.003.0007