Biography

I studied English language and literature at Worcester College, Oxford University, and stayed on at Oxford to do an M.Phil and a D.Phil. I completed my doctorate on Renaissance drama in 2007 and then taught at the universities of Sussex and Bristol before coming to Keele in September of 2013.

Research and scholarship

My main research interests are in Renaissance literature, and particularly in the drama of that period.  My doctoral thesis explored the development of dramatic satire in the early years of the 17th century, looking at why dramatic satire was so popular at this time, how it worked on stage, and the kinds of relationships it established between playwrights and theatregoers. My monograph Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. I am now working on a new project on depictions of violence in Shakespeare.

I am interested in Renaissance satire, early modern drama on stage both in the Renaissance and in modern productions, Shakespeare on film, theatrical violence, and early modern psychology and medicine.  I also have interests in 20th century drama and in the works of Edmund Spenser. 

Teaching

I convene and teach on the modules Reading LiteraturePlaying PartsThe Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond, and Violence and Death in Shakespeare's Theatre. I also teach sessions on the MA modules Canon, Anti-Canon, Context and Reflective Practice in the Humanities. I welcome undergraduate, MA and PhD dissertation and thesis proposals on all aspects of Renaissance literature.

Selected Publications

  • Yearling R. 2019. Jonson, The Alchemist (1610). In The Handbook of English Renaissance Literature. Berensmeyer I (Ed.). (32 vols.). De Gruyter. doi> link>
  • Yearling R. 2019. Using Kolb's Learning Cycle as a Basis for Seminar-Structuring in English Literature. Journal of Academic Development and Education. doi> full text>
  • Yearling R. 2018. Emotion, cognition and spectator response to the plays of Shakespeare. Cultural History. full text>
  • Yearling R. 2018. 'Nursed in Blood”: Masculinity and Grief in Marston’s Antonio’s Revenge'. In Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Dawson L and McHardy F (Eds.). (16 vols.). Edinburgh University Press. doi> link>
  • Yearling R. 2016. 'The Poets' War Revisited'. Ben Jonson Journal: literary contexts in the age of Elizabeth, James, and Charles. doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Yearling R. 2016. Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience. Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Yearling R. 2019. Using Kolb's Learning Cycle as a Basis for Seminar-Structuring in English Literature. Journal of Academic Development and Education. doi> full text>
  • Yearling R. 2018. Emotion, cognition and spectator response to the plays of Shakespeare. Cultural History. full text>
  • Yearling R. 2016. 'The Poets' War Revisited'. Ben Jonson Journal: literary contexts in the age of Elizabeth, James, and Charles. doi> full text>
  • Yearling R. 2016. 'Hamlet and the Limits of Narrative'. Essays in Criticism: a quarterly journal of literary criticism. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2013. Homoerotic Desire and Renaissance Lyric Verse. Studies in English Literature, vol. 53(1), 523-571. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2011. ‘Rivalry and Romance in Late Shakespeare.’. Essays in Criticism: a quarterly journal of literary criticism, vol. 61(3).
  • Yearling R. 2011. ‘John Marston, Stoic?: Marston’s Drama and the Early Modern Stoic Ideal.’. The Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 18(1), 85-100.
  • Yearling R. 2008. 'Marston’s Courtesan and Fawn: The Problem of Lust'. Cahiers Elisabethains: late medieval and renaissance English studies, vol. 74, 11-16. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2007. 'Ben Jonson’s Late Plays and the Difficulty of Judgment.’. The Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 14(2), 192-205.
  • Yearling R. 2006. ‘John Marston’s What You Will and the War of the Theatres.’. The Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 13, 109-123.
  • Yearling R. 2005. ‘Florimell’s Girdle: Reconfiguring Chastity in The Faerie Queene.’. Spenser Studies: a Renaissance poetry annual, vol. 20, 137-144. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2005. False Facial Hair and Early Modern Boy Actors: A Correction. Notes and Queries, vol. 52(2), 219-220. doi>
  • Yearling R. “Distinguishing Form”: Shakespeare, Perspective and the Heartlessness of Comedy. Shakespeare. full text>

Chapters

  • Yearling R. 2019. Jonson, The Alchemist (1610). In The Handbook of English Renaissance Literature. Berensmeyer I (Ed.). (32 vols.). De Gruyter. doi> link>
  • Yearling R. 2018. 'Nursed in Blood”: Masculinity and Grief in Marston’s Antonio’s Revenge'. In Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Dawson L and McHardy F (Eds.). (16 vols.). Edinburgh University Press. doi> link>
  • Yearling R. 2011. 'Volpone on the Stage'. In Volpone A Critical Guide. A&C Black.