Mark Hutchings Research

I am a member of the interdisciplinary Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Reading, and in 2004 I organised the EMRC conference, 'Cultural Transformations: Europe and the Islamic World, 1453-1798'. Since 2008 I have sat on the Editorial Board of SEDERI, the Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies. See www.sederi.org and www.sederi.org/publications.htm. I am organising an international workshop, 'Networks of Exchange: Exile Communities in Early Modern Europe', in Valladolid in 2012, and I am planning to run a conference on 'The Interval' with Dr Graham Saunders (Department of Film, Theatre, & Television) in 2014.

While I remain interested in a wide range of literary topics - in 'railway' literature and film, for example, and the American writers Nathanial Hawthorne and John Updike - my research focuses primarily on early modern theatre culture, practice and performance. Two areas are of longstanding interest: the stage's representation of the Ottoman Empire, and the career of Thomas Middleton. I edited a special issue of the journal Shakespeare on the topic 'Shakespeare and Islam', and I have recently completed an edition of 'Turk' plays. My work on Middleton runs parallel to a larger, longer-term international project on Anglo-Spanish relations from the reign of Henry VIII to the fall of Charles I. Together with UK- and Spain-based colleagues I have established a research network based at Valladolid, in Castilla y Leon, the seat of Philip III's court during the years 1601-1606. See http://www.reading.ac.uk/researchers-night/rn-our-research-collaborations-in-europe.aspx#mark. For research on the theme 'Libros, fe, viajes, y diplomacia' (2009-12) we have received a grant from the Spanish government, and for the period January-June 2012 I will hold a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship at the Universidad de Valladolid, where I held a Visiting Fellowship in 2008.

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