Dr Harvey Wiltshire

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway in 2021 as a Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature, Shakespeare, and Inclusive Pedagogy, having previously taught at UCL and Queen Mary, University of London, and worked as an Access Officer for UCL Access and Widening Participation. My PhD was awarded in 2019 by UCL for a thesis titled 'See here in bloody line': Shakespeare, Blood, and the Body in Circulation, having previously completed an MA in Shakespeare and a BA in English Literature at Royal Holloway (2011-15).

My research focuses on the significance of blood in Shakespeare’s poetry and drama, and explores the discovery of cardiovascular circulation by William Harvey. I have published on trauma theory and Shakespeare’s narrative poems, Kingship in Richard III, tear imagery in the poetry of John Donne, and I'm currently co-editing a collection of essays exploring the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the humanities, to which I have also contributed a chapter on King Lear, social media, and productivity.  

I teach on a range of early modern courses, including EN1106 Shakespeare, EN2010 'Love, Honour, Obey': Literature 1525-1670, EN2011 Intensive Shakespeare, and EN2/3012 Drama and Witchcraft, as well as the first year survey course Literature and Crisis. I am also the English Department's Visiting Student Coordinator.


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