Robert White

Bob White is leader of the Meanings Program, which focuses on the ways in which emotions have been defined and understood in pre-modern European culture, covering literature, history, visual arts, musicology, drama, and others. Bob's own work concerns how emotions were described and represented in Shakespeare’s plays and adaptations of them into film. He also researches Peace Studies, and the younger Romantics especially Keats and Hazlitt. He is also involved in research into UWA’s New Fortune Theatre, an exact reconstruction of the Fortune Playhouse built in 1600 in London.


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Victims of War

Shakespeare In Our World

Selected Publications

R.S. White, ‘Autodidactic Sonnets’ article published in Cogent Arts and Humanities (refereed journal) (2016), 31-10.

R.S. White, 'Shakespeare's cinema of love: A study in genre and influence'. Manchester University Press, September 2016

R.S. White, 'Avant Garde Hamlet: Text, Stage, Screen'. University Press Copublishing Division / Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, September 2015.

R.S. White, Mark Houlahan, Katrina O'Loughlin, eds. 'Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies'. Palgrave Macmillan, June 2015

R.S. White and C. Rawnsley, 'Discrepant Emotional Awareness in Shakespeare'.  In The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, eds Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan. London: Manchester University press, 2015.

R.S. White, ‘Making Something Out of “Nothing” in Shakespeare’.  In Shakespeare Survey 66 (2013), pp. 232–45.

R. S. White, ‘Emotional Landscapes: Romantic Travels in Scotland’.  In Keats-Shelley Review 27. (August, 2013).

R.S. White, ''False Friends': Affective Semantics in Shakespeare'.  In SHAKESPEARE, 8, 3, [UK: Routledge, 2012], pp. 286-299.

R. S. White, 'Survival and Change: The Sonnet from Milton to the Romantics'.  In The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet, (eds) A.D. Cousins and P. Howarth [Cambridge University Press, 2011], pp. 125 - 144.

R.S. White, John Keats: A literary life, [Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; pbk. 2012], ISBN 978-1-113-703047-4

R.S. White, Shakespeare’s Cinema of Crime: Macbeth, Hamlet, and Film Genres Including Maqbool, Omkara and Eklavya [Kurukshetra, India: The Shakespeare Association of India, 2012], ISBN 978-81-920137-4-2

R.S. White, ‘Must Humanity Perforce Prey upon Itself? King Lear, War and the Humanities’, in What is the Human: Australian Voices from the Humanities, (Eds) L. E. Semler, B. Hodge & P. Kelly, [Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2012], pp. 189 – 204.

R. S. White, Pacifism and English Literature: Minstrels of Peace (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

R. S. White, Natural Rights and the Birth of Romanticism in the 1790s (London: Palgrave, 2005).


Keats Foundation Annual Lecture 2016 - Keats House, Hampstead, London, September 2016


"Food for powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit as well as better: tush, man, mortal men, mortal men": War Casualities, Shakespeare style - Plenary lecturer, ‘Cultures of Mortality’ Shakespeare's Globe, London