Kate Rumbold

Colleges, School and Institutes

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Kate Rumbold's research is concerned with the reception of Shakespeare, and, in particular, with the role of quotation in constructing literary authority. The eighteenth century is a major focus of Dr Rumbold’s work and she has recently completed a book on Shakespeare in the eighteenth-century novel. As Research Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, she co-ordinated the AHRC-funded project ‘Interrogating Cultural Value in the Twenty-First Century: The Case of Shakespeare’ (2006-10). The project examined Shakespeare’s perceived value in education, publicly-funded theatre and new media. Her latest project investigates the role of anthologies and quotation books, from the eighteenth century to the present day, in determining the aesthetic and moral qualities that are admired in Shakespeare.

Dr Rumbold has supervised a number of doctoral projects to completion, including an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award project designed to investigate the eighteenth-century formation and holdings of Winchester College Fellows’ library. She is interested in supervising further postgraduate research relating to her areas of interest as listed above.