Dr Brett Greatley-Hirsch
- Position: University Academic Fellow in Textual Studies and Digital Editing
- Areas of expertise: Shakespeare; late medieval and early modern English drama; literary history; textual studies; scholarly editing; computational stylistics; authorship attribution; book history; digital humanities
- Email: B.D.GreatleyHirsch@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 4775
- Location: Room 2.03 5 Cavendish Road
- Website: notwithoutmustard | Digital Renaissance Editions | Twitter | Googlescholar | ORCID
I joined the University of Leeds as University Academic Fellow in Textual Studies and Digital Editing in 2016. Previously, I was an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Western Australia (2013–16). I have held research fellowships in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK and USA.
For the most up-to-date information on my research and teaching activities, see http://www.notwithoutmustard.net/
- Assessment and Academic Integrity Lead
- Joint Honours Programme Leader
- Convenor, Textual Editing Option (Final Year Project)
My work focuses on early modern English literature, and in particular on the drama of Shakespeare and his predecessors and contemporaries. I am co-editor of the journal Shakespeare, and a Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association. Before moving to the UK, I was Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association and Treasurer of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities.
My research agenda is split between three complementary elements: textual studies, computational stylistics, and literary and cultural history.
My research in textual studies explores the historical and material conditions of dramatic production, mediation, and reception; the theory and practice of textual editing in print and digital formats; and the cultural and institutional processes of canon formation. My foundation of two ongoing, large-scale projects, both of which have received substantial funding from external granting agencies, forms the backbone of this research.
The first of these is Digital Renaissance Editions, which publishes open-access electronic critical editions of non-Shakespearean early modern drama. In addition to serving as the project’s Coordinating Editor, I am preparing a multimedia critical-performance edition of the anonymous Fair Em with Kevin Quarmby. I have also published widely on the politics and pragmatics of digital editions. The second is Reproducing Renaissance Drama, a study of the editing and publishing of early modern English plays since the eighteenth century and their relationship to canon formation over time. The monograph coming out of this project (contracted to the Arden Shakespeare Studies in Language and Digital Methodologies series) combines quantitative methods of statistical and network analysis with qualitative and archival research. The project also involves development of a custom-built open-access bibliographical database with detailed records for every Renaissance play republished since 1711, the Bibliography of Editions of Early English Drama.
I am also involved with several other editorial projects: as co-editor (with Mark Houlahan) of Hyde Park for the ten-volume Oxford Complete Works of James Shirley; as General Editor (with James Loxley and Helen Ostovich) of a proposed digital edition of The Works of John Day; and as an editorial or advisory board member for Internet Shakespeare Editions, the Folger Shakespeare Library's Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama, and The Map of Early Modern London.
My research in computational stylistics applies quantitative and algorithmic methods to the study of literary style and authorship attribution. In 2018, I joined the Thomas Nashe Project as a Co-Investigator, tasked with overseeing stylometric work on Nashe’s dubia and stylistic analysis of his canonical works. Other recent projects include an authorship attribution study of Arden of Faversham for the New Oxford Shakespeare (2016), and an article theorising and demonstrating digital methods for Shakespeare source study (2018).
With Hugh Craig, I completed a monograph, Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama: Beyond Authorship published by Cambridge University Press (2017). Funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant, the book identifies latent trends in genre, period, repertory, and authorial style across a large corpus of early modern plays, through the application of quantitative methods associated with computational stylistics and authorship attribution. It is the first monograph of its kind in the field of Shakespeare and early modern studies, and it provides a model and rationale for future scholarship.
Literary and cultural history
My ‘non-digital’ critical work on literary and cultural history focuses on the transmission of texts, images, and other cultural forms and their adaptation to suit changing socio-political agendas. This research includes articles on Jews and Judaism (2015, 2016), and an article on Catholicism, witchcraft, and Elizabethan court drama (2014).<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD, University of Western Australia
- BA (Hons), University of Western Australia
- British Shakespeare Association
- Shakespeare Association of America
- Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association
- The Malone Society
- Medieval English Theatre Society
- International Association of University Professors of English
I am the Assessment and Academic Integrity Lead and Joint Honours Programme Leader for the School. I also convene the Textual Editing pathway for the Final Year Project.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for the Comparative History of Print
- Textual Histories Research Group
- Centre for Jewish Studies