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Laurence Publicover

Lecturer in English, University of Bristol

I studied at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, and have, since my PhD in 2010, taught at the University of Leeds (2010-12) and the University of Bristol (2012-present).

My research falls into two main categories. First, I work on Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists, with a particular focus on dramatic geography, representations of cultural encounter (in particular Christian/Islamic encounter), and playwrights' engagements with medieval literature. These matters are explored in a monograph, Dramatic Geography, to be published by Oxford University Press in September 2017.

My second research area, which often overlaps with the first, is sea-literature from the classical period to the present. I am also co-coordinator, with Dr Tamsin Badcoe, of Bristol's 'Perspective from the Sea' research cluster, which promotes interdisciplinary research on the sea within the university and collaborates with Bristol institutions including the ss Great Britain. I teach an undergraduate special subject that explores writing about the sea from many different periods, and take a particular interest in the cultural history of the deep sea.


  • –present
    Lecturer in English, University of Bristol


  • 2010 
    University of Bristol, PhD English Literature