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Roberta specialises in the field of early modern English literature, with a focus on the intersections between literature, theology, and philosophy.

She is currently completing a monograph entitled Shakespeare, the Reformation, and the Interpreting Self (under contract with Edinburgh University Press as part of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy series). This book analyses Shakespeare’s dramatic representations of the self as an interpreter (or misinterpreter) of truth to set forth a history of ideas which links early modern theological hermeneutics to modern philosophical hermeneutics.

Roberta has also commenced a new research project on ‘Shakespeare and neighbourliness’. This project asks how bringing together Shakespeare’s ‘neighbour plays’ (on the page and in performance) and the complex, contested and enduring rhetoric and ethic of neighbourliness might help us address the urgent, and difficult, question of how to stitch together a common life in societies riven by deep differences.


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