Staff Profile

  • Richard’s main interests are in Renaissance literature, Shakespeare studies and critical theory. In particular, his research investigates the politics of interpretation and the relationship between literature and society. Radical Spenser: Pastoral, Politics and the New Aestheticism (2005) approached these questions by tracing the ethical and political implications of an open-ended ‘pastoral’ logic at work in Spenser’s writing. Richard is now working on a new book, Shakespeare’s Refusers, looking at figures who negate coercive social participation – that is, who ‘just say no’ to behaviour collectively enforced in the name of enjoyment. In the longer term, he is researching aspects of happiness and utopia in the Renaissance, and singularity in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. He also has other interests in Dylan Thomas and Welsh writing in English.

    Research proposals on any of the above areas would be welcome, particularly – with regard to Shakespeare or Renaissance literature – those intersecting with aspects of critical theory.

  • Richard currently teaches on a range of undergraduate modules:

    • LIT4001 English Dissertations
    • LIT3025 Renaissance Literature (Module Leader)
    • LIT2040 Twenty-First Century Shakespeares (Module Leader)
    • LIT2036 Eighteenth-Century Literature: Satire and Sensibility (Module Leader)
    • LIT1005 Readers, Writers and their Theories (Joint Module Leader)
    • LIT1001 Creating Worlds: Readers, Writers and Genres (Joint Module Leader)
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Richard Chamberlain’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.