Dr Smith is a Reader in Renaissance Literature. He is the author of Social Shakespeare (Macmillan, 1995) and Between Two Stools: Scatology and its Representations in English Literature, Chaucer to Swift (Manchester University Press, 2012 and paperback in 2015). He co-edited (with Nigel Wood) Hamlet: Theory in Practice (Open University Press, 1995) and (with Deborah Cartmell) Much Ado About Nothing: A Critical Reader (Bloomsbury, 2018). He has recently published essays on Trevor Nunn, Shakespeare's narrative poetry as well as film versions of Othello and The Tempest. He writes regularly for Times Higher Education. He is a former trustee of the British Shakespeare Association and on the editorial board of the journals, Shakespeare, Early Modern Literary Studies and Cahiers Elisabethains.
Dr Smith has supervised a range of postgraduate research projects, and is currently supervising two PhD students on the AHRC Midlands3Cities DTP scheme. He has recently examined doctorates on Shakespeare's Late Plays and the theatre of Christopher Marlowe, and would welcome research students in any of these areas:
Early Modern theatre and performance practice
Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Scatology, physicality and early modern culture
The theory, practice and reception of theatre reviewing
Shakespeare on film