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Dr Bill Angus BA (Hons), MA, PhD


School of English and Media Studies

BA (Hons) English (Tees.); MA Literary Studies: Writing, Memory, Culture, PhD Renaissance Drama (Newcastle.)

Bill taught for nine years at various UK universities, including Birmingham, Newcastle, Hull, and Buckingham before coming to Massey in 2013.

He currently lectures in Early Modern Verse and Drama: Sex, Death and the City (139.201) and Early Modern Metadrama: Vices and Devices (139.728). He also co-teaches Introduction to English Studies (139.139) and Romantic Writing: Self and Nature (139.202).

Bill is an active published Early Modern scholar with varied interests in English Literature and a long record of teaching across the full English curriculum.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 84499
    Location: 4.50, SGP
    Campus: Turitea


  • BA (Hons) English - University of Teesside (2001)
  • MA Literary Studies: Writing, Memory and Culture - University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2002)
  • PhD Renaissance Drama - University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2007)

Prizes and Awards

  • Massey University Research Fund 2017 ($3,000) - MURF (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Bill's main research interest has been the play-within-the-play, or 'metadrama' in texts of the English Renaissance. Publications arising from this include a book chapter in Drama and the Postmodern (Cambria Press, 2008), journal articles for Studies in English 1500-1900 (Spring 2010), and Notes and Queries, and his first monograph, entitled Metadrama in Shakespeare and Jonson, which is in process with Ashgate Press.

Bill is currently researching the conceptual metaphor of the crossroads as a site with transformative power, a place of spiritual binding and loosing, and a space between worlds, in Early Modern and other cultures. This encompasses histories of wandering, place magic, judicial execution, regulation of burial, religious ritual, and theories of liminality.

His teaching and supervisory interests are in drama and other literatures centred around the era of the Elizabethan and Stuart monarchies, 1558-1714, and is looking forward to welcoming research proposals in these broad areas.

Research Opportunities

  • All research  (At any time) I am interested in supervising a very broad range of literary and theoretical projects, with a preference for those centred around the Early Modern period


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British and Irish Literature (200503): Comparative Literature Studies (200524): Cultural Studies (200200):
History And Archaeology (210000):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599): Literary Theory (200525): North American Literature (200506): Other European Literature (200515): Other Language, Literature and Culture (209900): Other Literatures in English (200508)


Early Modern drama and literature.


Ben Jonson



Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3

Research Outputs


Angus, WJ. (2017). Metadramatic Informers: Falstaff, Hal, Coriolanus, and the Authority of Policy.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2017). Subtle sleights: Metadrama and the informer in Edwards’s Damon and Pythias’. Cahiers Élisabéthains. Vol. 94(August 1 2017), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2018). The Apotropaic “Witch posts” of Early Modern Yorkshire: A Contextualization. Material Religion. 14(1), 55-82
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2010). 'The Roman Actor, Metadrama, Authority, and the Audience’. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. 50(2), 445-445
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2009). ‘A hawk from a handsaw’: A New Contextualisation’. Notes and Queries. (March 2009)
[Journal article]Authored by: Angus, W.


Angus, B.(2016). Metadrama and the informer in Shakespeare and Jonson. UK: Edinburgh University Press
[Authored Book]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2009). ‘Metadrama, Authority and the Roots of Incredulity’. In D. Jernigan (Ed.) Drama and the Postmodern: Assessing the Limits of Metatheatre. : Cambria Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Angus, W.


Angus, B.Shakespeare and the Outcast Dead. . Sheffield Hallam University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Mobility and paradox: The unquiet dead. . Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Early modern crossroads: The travelling dead and the binding of Gods. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.The night, the crossroads, and the stake. . London, United Kingdom
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Fear and roaming at Shakespeare’s edges. . Hamilton, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.‘Church Magic and the Apotropaic Witch Posts of Early Modern Yorkshire.’. . Massey University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Transformation, binding, and the presence at the crossroads. . Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B.Trivial cultures: The metamorphoses of the crossroads. . Dunedin, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Angus, W.


Angus, B. (2017). Blog: ‘Shakespeare’s Metadrama and the Informer’ EUP, April 27, 2016,. Edinburgh University Press
[Other]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2015). Poetry: God knows what the dead bequeath. (pp. 43 - 43). Massey University Press
[Other]Authored by: Angus, W.
Angus, B. (2014, April). Hamlet and Memory. In The Palmerston North City Library.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Angus, W.

Consultancy and Languages


  • 2010-present - Journal: Comparative Drama
    Expert external reader

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

  • 139.142 Mythology and Fantasy
  • 139.201 Poets and Players in Shakespeare’s England
  • 139.301 Shakespeare’s Worlds
  • 139.728 Early Modern Metadrama: Vices and Devices

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