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Dr Hannah August PhD, MA


School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm

I grew up in Dunedin and completed an Honours degree in Classics at the University of Otago, followed by a second Honours year in English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington. I went to England as a Commonwealth Scholar in 2007, where I completed my MA in Shakespearean Studies and my PhD in English Literature, both at King's College London. I've been working in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey since 2017.



  • Doctor of Philosophy - King's College London (2013)
  • Master of Arts - King's College London (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am interested in early modern drama in print and performance, and in the study of the reception of early modern literature more broadly, particularly its material contexts. I'm also interested in the contemporary performance of Shakespeare in post-colonial contexts, and in feminist contemporary performance. 

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500)


Early modern literature, Shakespeare, theatre history, contemporary performance, reception studies, the history of reading.

Research Outputs


August, H. (2020). "Reading Plays as Books: Interpreting Readers’ Marks and Marginalia in Early Modern Play Quartos". Renaissance Drama. 48(1), 1-30
[Journal article]Authored by: August, H.


August, HMR.(2015). No country for old maids? Talking about the ‘man drought’. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books
[Authored Book]Authored by: August, H.
August, HMR. (2015). Tickling the senses with sinful delight: The pleasure of reading comedies in early modern England. In S. Smith, J. Watson, & A. Kenny (Eds.) The Senses in Early Modern England, 1485-1660. (pp. 201 - 216). Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: August, H.


August, H.Provincialism, post-colonialism, patriarchy? Auckland’s Pop-up Globe. . Washington DC
[Conference Paper]Authored by: August, H.
August, HMR.Self-justifying genre theory in playbook paratexts. . Melbourne
[Conference Paper]Authored by: August, H.
August, HMR.Courteous Reader, (of what sexe soeuer): Thomas Heywood and female playreaders. . Boston, Massachusetts
[Conference Paper]Authored by: August, H.
August, HMR.Write your name faire I pray: Early modern readers’ manuscript responses to print in English play quartos. . Manchester, United Kingdom
[Conference Paper]Authored by: August, H.


August, H. (2020, March). "Rethinking the readerships of early modern playbooks through material form". Presented at University of Auckland.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: August, H.
August, HMR. (2017, November). Mining the margins: Reading readers' marks in non-Shakespearean playbooks. Presented at Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: August, H.
August, HMR. (2016, November). The Value of the Humanities in a Neoliberal Environment. Presented at Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: August, H.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Hazel Phillips - Doctor of Philosophy
    Solo: Interrogating women's writing on New Zealand mountaineering

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