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Brid Phillips

Brid Phillips successfully completed her PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2017, under the supervision of Bob White, Andrew Lynch and Penelope Woods. Her research suggests that the use of colour in the text of Shakespeare’s plays was one of the ways in which early modern drama was designed to stir the emotions. Her thesis investigated the emotional weight behind colour words in early modern usage and considers how they are employed to enhance an emotional connection/reaction during readings of the Shakespeare’s plays.

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Colour in (E)motion: Emotion, Affect and Colour in the Drama of William Shakespeare

The New Fortune Theatre



2014: 'Chaucer’s Reworking of the Ovidian Locus Amoenus'. Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies 19.2. Special Edition: Receptions (2014): 1‒18.

Book Chapters

'Locus amoenus or locus violens? Shakespearean emotions expressed through an Ovidian model'. In Shakespeare and New Emotionalism, edited by R. S. White, Mark Houlahan and Katrina O'Loughlin. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Conference and seminar papers

‘Shakespeare and the Passions’, Roundtable, 2016 World Shakespeare Congress ‘Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare’, London and Stratford-on-Avon, 31 July to 6 August 2016

‘“Devils Will the Blackest Sins Put on”: The Emotional Register of Colour’, ‘Emotions: Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100‒1800' conference, Freie Universität Berlin, 30 June to 2 July 2016.

‘“O well-painted passion!”: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Colour and Emotions in Shakespeare’s Othello’, Queen Mary University of London, 27 July 2016.

‘“Pierc[ing] the ear of grief”: (De)Constructing early modern grief and sadness by exploring Shakespearean theatre’, Moving Minds: Converting Cognition and Emotion in History’ conference, Macquarie University, 2–4 March 2016.

'"I will not wear motley in my brain": Colour, Clothing, and Emotional Expression in Twelfth Night', The 12th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 2‒4 October.

‘Black, portentous humours: Exploring the Nexus Between Passions, Humoral Theory and Colour’, 'Languages of Emotion: Translations and Transformations' Collaboratory, The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe, 1100‒1800, The University of Western Australia, 10‒12 June, 2014.

‘Seeing Colour in the Early Modern Mind’, Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, Textuality, Technology, Materiality in the Medieval and Early Modern World, St Catherine’s College, The University of Western Australia, 29‒30 November.
‘Stirring the Emotions with Colour: Shakespeare’s Othello’, Centre for the History of Emotions Conference: Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World, The University of Western Australia, Perth, 27‒29 June.

Community outreach

‘Colour and Emotion in Shakespeare’, Kaleidoscope Meeting, Colour Society WA Division, 24 August 2014.