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Dr Bill Angus PhD, MA, BA(Hons)

Lecturer

School of English and Media Studies

BA (Hons) English (Tees.); MA Literary Studies: Writing, Memory, Culture, PhD Renaissance Drama (Newcastle.)

Bill taught for nine years at various UK universities, including Birmingham, Newcastle, Hull, and Buckingham before coming to Massey in 2013. He currently lectures in Shakespeare's Worlds (139.301), Poets and Plyayers in Shakespeare's England (139.201), Early Modern Drama: Form and Performance (139.728) and  Romantic Writing: Self and Nature (139.202).

He has published two books with Edinburgh University Press: Metadrama and the Informer in Shakespeare and Jonson (2016) and Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre (2018). His third, Reading the Road from Shakespeare to Bunyan, an edited collection of essays, is forthcoming in 2019.

Bill is currently researching the conceptual metaphor of the crossroads as a site with transformative power, a place of spiritual binding and loosing, and a space between worlds, in Early Modern and other cultures. This encompasses histories of wandering, place magic, judicial execution, regulation of burial, religious ritual, and theories of liminality.

Bill is an active Early Modern scholar with varied interests in English Literature and a long record of teaching across the full English curriculum.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 84499
    Location: 4.50, SGP
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (2007)
  • Master of Arts - University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Teesside (2001)

Prizes and Awards

  • Massey University Research Fund 2017 ($3,000) - MURF (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

He has published two books with Edinburgh University Press: Metadrama and the Informer in Shakespeare and Jonson (2016) and Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre (2018). His third, Reading the Road from Shakespeare to Bunyan, an edited collection of essays, is forthcoming in 2019.

 Bill is currently researching the conceptual metaphor of the crossroads as a site with transformative power, a place of spiritual binding and loosing, and a space between worlds, in Early Modern and other cultures. This encompasses histories of wandering, place magic, judicial execution, regulation of burial, religious ritual, and theories of liminality.

His teaching and supervisory interests are in drama and other literatures centred around the era of the Elizabethan and Stuart monarchies, 1558-1714, and is looking forward to welcoming research proposals in these broad areas. 

Research Opportunities

  • All research  (At any time) I am interested in supervising a very broad range of literary and theoretical projects, with a preference for those centred around the Early Modern period

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British and Irish Literature (200503): Comparative Literature Studies (200524): Cultural Studies (200200):
History And Archaeology (210000):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599): Literary Theory (200525): North American Literature (200506): Other European Literature (200515): Other Language, Literature and Culture (209900): Other Literatures in English (200508)

Keywords

Early Modern drama and literature.

Shakespeare

Ben Jonson

Metadrama

Crossroads

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Research Outputs

Journal

Angus, W. (2018). ‘Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle and the Menace of the Authoring Audience’. Early Modern Literary Studies. (August 1, 2018) Retrieved from https://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/journal/index.php/emls/issue/view/18
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2017). Subtle sleights: Metadrama and the informer in Edwards’s Damon and Pythias’. Cahiers Élisabéthains. Vol. 94(August 1 2017), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2018). The Apotropaic “Witch posts” of Early Modern Yorkshire: A Contextualization. Material Religion. 14(1), 55-82
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2010). 'The Roman Actor, Metadrama, Authority, and the Audience’. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. 50(2), 445-445
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2009). ‘A hawk from a handsaw’: A New Contextualisation’. Notes and Queries. (March 2009)
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.

Book

Angus, B.(2018). Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre. : EUP
[Authored Book]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.(2016). Metadrama and the informer in Shakespeare and Jonson. UK: Edinburgh University Press
[Authored Book]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2009). ‘Metadrama, Authority and the Roots of Incredulity’. In D. Jernigan (Ed.) Drama and the Postmodern: Assessing the Limits of Metatheatre. : Cambria Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Angus, W.

Conference

Angus, B.Shakespeare and the Outcast Dead. . Sheffield Hallam University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Mobility and paradox: The unquiet dead. . Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Early modern crossroads: The travelling dead and the binding of Gods. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.The night, the crossroads, and the stake. . London, United Kingdom
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Fear and roaming at Shakespeare’s edges. . Hamilton, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.‘Church Magic and the Apotropaic Witch Posts of Early Modern Yorkshire.’. . Massey University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Transformation, binding, and the presence at the crossroads. . Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Trivial cultures: The metamorphoses of the crossroads. . Dunedin, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.

Other

Angus, WJ. (2017). Metadramatic Informers: Falstaff, Hal, Coriolanus, and the Authority of Policy.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2017). Blog: ‘Shakespeare’s Metadrama and the Informer’ EUP, April 27, 2016,. Edinburgh University Press
[Other]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2015). Poetry: God knows what the dead bequeath. (pp. 43 - 43). Massey University Press
[Other]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2014, April). Hamlet and Memory. In The Palmerston North City Library.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Angus, W.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2010-present - Journal: Comparative Drama
    Expert external reader

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

  • 139.202 Romantic Writing: Self and Nature
  • 139.239 Literary Landmarks: Words that Changed the World

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