Mr Sam Hall

Supervised by

  • Kiernan Ryan First/primary/lead supervisor


Personal profile

Main Research Interests

My AHRC-funded PhD is entitled 'Shakespeare's Folly'. Its primary objective is to illustrate the centrality of folly to the plays' equviocal philosophical vision; in the light of Frankfurt School theory and detalied historical analysis, it shows the key role folly plays in Shakespeare's conception of truth, history and aesthetics. 

My primary research area is the intersection between early modern literature and German philosophy. I am particularly interested in the philosophical aesthetics of Theodor W. Adorno and his contemporaries. Additionally, I have a longstanding interest in late medieval literature and art. My key critical preoccupation is to find a way of writing about the early modern period that is both historically grounded and theoretically informed. 


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