Professor Emma Smith

Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Faculty of English; Fellow of Hertford College


Professor Smith’s research focuses on Shakespeare and early modern drama. She is currently working on the First Folio (1623), a project combining aspects of the history of the book, histories of reading, and the interpretation of Shakespeare on the page. She is also interested in drama in performance, in the methodology of writing about theatre, in reviewing and its rhetoric, and in developing analogies between cinema, film theory, and early modern performance. 


  • Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare for a general audience
  • Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare in performance on stage and screen
  • Literature 1500-1650

Media experience

Professor Smith has extensive experience of both print and broadcast media.