I hold a BA in English and Art History and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, where I wrote a thesis on the dramatisation of witchcraft in early modern drama under the guidance of Professor Lukas Erne. In 2013 I was awarded the Berrow Foundation Scholarship and in 2018 a ‘Mobility.doc’ scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, thanks to which I was able to fund my doctoral research at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, where I wrote my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Adam Smyth (and previously Prof. Tiffany Stern) on the reception of early modern English drama in the first half of the seventeenth century. In February 2020 I joined the research team of Professor Isabel Karremann as a postdoctoral researcher in early modern English literature at UZH. Being part of this team is a unique opportunity, as it allows me to develop my own research interests in theatre history, book history, manuscript and print culture, but also to utilise my experience in material culture and digital humanities.
In my doctoral research I studied how extracts from early modern plays were extracted and gathered in printed and manuscript collections in the first half of the seventeenth century. In particular, in my thesis I complicate the current understanding that the practice of extracting from plays elevated vernacular drama to a ‘literary’ status. I do so by offering a detailed analysis of how drama was manipulated, presented, used and valued in these collections using a large corpus of archival evidence. In my current research, I aim to include a larger variety of compilers, and especially to consider the activity of playgoers and of those compilers for which no direct evidence has survived. I will also explore further how dramatic extracts were re-used in different non-literary contexts. Prof. Karremann’s work on site-specific performance and memory will be beneficial in developing this research.
Finally, since 2015 I have also collaborated with Prof. Laura Estill (St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada) on a digital project called DEx: A Database of Dramatic Extracts (https://dex.itercommunity.org/), for which I am the associate editor. I have published my work on manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books on various platforms, including American Notes and Queries, and the Folger Library website Shakespeare Documented. I also have a chapter in an edited volume published by Brepols (for a list of publications and my academic CV see also https://beatricemontedoro.academia.edu/).