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)
- Chamberlain, R. (2017) Pastoral in Virgil and Spenser: review of Pugh (S.) Spenser and Virgil. The Pastoral Poems. Pp. x + 339. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016. Cased, £70. ISBN: 978-1-5261-0117-4. The Classical Review. 67(2), pp. 405-406. 0009-840X.
- Chamberlain, R. (2015) What’s happiness in Hamlet? In: Meek, R. and Sullivan, E. (eds.) The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp. 153-174.
- Chamberlain, R. (2014) The grimace of ambiguity: unambiguity and the critics. Linguistics and Literature Studies. 3(1), pp. 1-10. 2331-642X.
- Chamberlain, R. (2012) The mask of the refuser. Paper presented to: Shakespeare Inside-Out: Depth, Surface, Meaning, Lancaster University, 24-26 February 2012. (Unpublished)
- Chamberlain, R. (2011) ‘Most retrograde to our desire’: translating recusant identity in Hamlet. In: Oakley-Brown, L. (ed.) Shakespeare and the Translation of Identity in Early Modern England. London: Continuum. pp. 131-68.
- Chamberlain, R. (2011) Shakespeare’s refusers: humanism at the limit. In: Mousley, A. (ed.) Towards a New Literary Humanism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 98-112.
- Chamberlain, R. (2011) Thomas the wound: trauma and the early poems of Dylan Thomas. Critical Engagements: A Journal of Criticism and Theory. 5.1/5.2, pp. 145-166. 1754-0984.
- Chamberlain, R. (2011) What’s happiness in Hamlet? Invited Presentation presented to: Shakespeare and Early Modern Emotion, University of Hull, 29 June – 01 July 2011. (Unpublished)
- Chamberlain, R. (2007) ‘Pale Signature’: lyric and life-writing in Dylan Thomas’s early poems. Paper presented to: Life Writing in Wales (Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English), Gregynog Hall, Newton, Powys, Wales (University of Wales), 30 March – 1 April 2007. (Unpublished)
- Chamberlain, R. (2005) Radical Spenser: Pastoral, Politics and the New Aestheticism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 074862192X.