Sarah Carpenter


  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Room 2.10
50 George Square

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  • Office Hours (Semester 2, 2019-20): Wednesdays 12.30-1.30

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Dr Sarah Carpenter took a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, followed by a PhD on Tudor allegorical theatre. She then taught in the English department at Exeter University before joining the department at Edinburgh in 1976. She has interests in drama and in the medieval and Tudor periods, teaching courses in medieval English and Scots literature, and in drama and theatre history. During her time at Edinburgh she has worked widely in student support, curriculum development and teaching practice, and was head of department 2003-2006. She is an editor of the journal Medieval English Theatre, and has published books and articles on early theatre, performance, staging, political and cultural issues.

Undergraduate teaching

  • The Field Full of Folk: the medieval imagination of the world
  • Shakespeare's Comedies: Identity and Illusion
  • Medieval Dream Literature
  • Naturalist Theatre 1880-1920
  • English Literature 1
  • Scottish Literature 1

Postgraduate teaching

  • Reading the Middle Ages (MSc)
  • Working with Pre-Modern Manuscripts (MSc)

Project activity

She is currently leading a study of performance activity at the Royal Court of Scotland before 1650, investigating the cultural, political and social functions of court performance.

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