Hi there, my name is Kathryn Parker and I am now in my second year of PhD. My own research is focused on ballads in Shakespeare's Comedies - why, you might ask? Well I'm a musician, theatre practitioner and bibliophile so I kind of fell into this topic. On a more practical note, I have come to realise that there are many aspects of theatre that tend to be taken for granted as to their purpose and power over audiences. Music is one such part, I believe. I'm looking at the dramaturgical significance of music in Shakespeare, as his works fall in one of the most pivotal times in the history of theatre. Much of what Shakespeare and other early modern playwrights did in the first permanent/commercial theatres the world ever saw has ongoing ramifications for our theatre practice in the 21st century.
I have started this blog because my area of research requires a constant navigation across fields and disciplines. In one sense, I am 'lucky' because cross-disciplinarity is becoming trendy in academia. In another sense, I am completely in the deep end - I have mentors who are experts in each of the respective fields that I am connecting with in my work, but I am completely alone in the particular combination of fields I am engaging to conduct new and meaningful research. I want to write about Shakespeare's music in a way that will benefit current theatre practitioners, musicians, educators and also contribute to our academic knowledge base around the Bard.
The posts on this blog will take various shapes, but I plan on sharing some of my experiences and tricks that I have been employing to manage the intense task of cross-disciplinary work. My posts will take forms such as:
- Features of cross-disciplinary academics who are inspiring me
- Technologies and lifestyle tricks for managing time and the interdisciplinary life
- Experiences in trying to become a 'historically informed' musician
- Thoughts on presenting and teaching Shakespeare for academic, public and school audience
If there is anything else you're interested in reading, please feel free to let me know in the comments!
I'm looking forward to taking this journey with you.