Toria Johnson

Toria Johnson

Colleges, School and Institutes


I came to Birmingham in 2016, and was previously a Teaching Fellow in Renaissance Literature at the University of St Andrews.

Research interests

My areas of expertise include drama, early modern culture, the history of emotions, and the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. My research interrogates the impact of the Reformation on early modern English emotional culture, with a specific focus on the role of pity and compassion in defining English understandings of subjectivity and ‘social’ emotion. I have contributed essays to Compassion in Early Modern Europe 1500-1700, and Shakespeare and Emotion (both forthcoming). I am the co-editor (with Rachel E. Holmes, CRASSH/Cambridge) of a Special Issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies entitled ‘In Pursuit of Truth: Law and Emotion in Early Modern Europe’. I am also currently working on my first monograph, entitled ‘Piteous Overthrows’: Pity and Identity in Early Modern English Drama.

In 2017, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions 1100-1800 (University of Adelaide node).