Research Stream

Ciara Rawnsley

Dr Ciara Rawnsley is an early career researcher based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100‒1800, where she's spearheading a project to showcase the history and importance of the New Fortune Theatre.  As well as her work for the Centre, Ciara tutors and lectures in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. Her research interests include Shakespeare and the Elizabethan period; early modern popular culture and drama; folktales and folklore; and the history of emotion. She has published an article in the Journal of Early Modern Studies; authored chapters in the recent books The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Manchester University Press, 2015) and Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); and is the co-editor of Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


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Happily Ever After? Shakespeare’s use of folk- and fairy tales as sources for his plays

The New Fortune Theatre


Peer-Reviewed Books

Rawnsley, C. and R. S. White, eds. The New Fortune Theatre: That Vast Open Stage. Crawley: UWA Publishing, 2018.

Barclay, K., C. Rawnsley and K. Reynolds, eds. Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Rawnsley, C. 'Behind the Happily-Ever-After: Shakespeare’s Use of Fairy Tales and All’s Well That Ends Well'. Journal of Early Modern Studies 2 (2013): 141–58

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

White, R.S. and C. Rawnsley. 'Discrepant Emotional Awareness in Shakespeare'.  In The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, edited by R. Meek and E. Sullivan, 241–63. London: Manchester University Press, 2015.

Rawnsley, C. 'Once upon a Time: Cymbeline, fairy tales, and "the terrifying truths of the inner life”'. In Shakespeare and Emotions, edited by R.S. White, M. Houlahan and K. O’Loughlin, pp. 39‒48. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.