Professor John Gillies

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor John Gillies



John Gillies joined the Department in January 2001. He lectured at the Shakespeare Institute, Macquarie University, The Australian National University, and LaTrobe University, before taking up an Australian Research Council Fellowship. He actively explores multimedia for pedagogical and research purposes. He has co-authored two multimedia packages: 'Shakespeare in Japan: Deguchi Norio', and 'Performing Shakespeare in China. 1980-90'. The first of these is currently on the LaTrobe University web site, the second is currently in further production with his co-author, Ruru Li. In addition to various articles and book chapters, he is the author of Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference(1994); co-editor (with Virginia Mason Vaughan) of Playing the Globe: Genre and Geography in English Renaissance Drama (1998); and co-editor (with Ryuta Minami and Ian Carruthers) of Performing Shakespeare in Japan (2001). He would particularly welcome applications for Ph.D. theses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and cultural poetics (with a particular emphasis on the poetics of space and place); and performance issues in relation to Shakespeare and Renaissance drama.


  • BA New England

  • MA New England

  • MPhil Oxford

  • PhD The Australian National University

Teaching and supervision

  • Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama (LT111)

  • Early Modern Literature (LT201)

  • Shakespeare and the History Play (LT360)

  • Shakespeare: The Tragedies (LT372)

  • Writing in Society: The Art of Communication (LT705)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Independent Film Project (LT833)

  • Independent Collaborative Project (LT835)

  • Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis (LT901)

  • Early Modern to Eighteenth Century Literature (LT923)

  • Georgian and Romantic Literature and Drama (LT924)

  • Independent Theatre Studies Project (TH836)


Journal articles (3)

Gillies, JD., (2018). The Conversational Turn in Shakespeare. Etudes Epistémè

Gillies, J., (2015). Calvinism as tragedy in the English revenge play. Shakespeare. 11 (4), 362-387

Gillies, J., (2013). The Question of Original Sin in Hamlet. Shakespeare Quarterly. 64 (4), 396-424

Book chapters (5)

Gillies, JD., (2018). "The god called Nothingness", Büchner, Shakespeare and Original Sin

Gillies, JD., (2017). "Like steel of too hard a temper": Shakespeare, Livy and the idea of the founding virtues. In: Rome in Shakespeare's World. Editors: DelSapio, M., . Edizione di Storia e Letteratura (Roma)

Gillies, J., (2016). Maps, Morality and Anamorphism in Shakespeare. In: Shakespeare and the new science in early modern culture. Editors: Del Sapio Garbero, M., . Pacini Editore. 217- 238. 88-6995-001-8. 978-88-6995-001-8

Gillies, J., (2010). The Author's Accomplice, or the unsearchable complicities of players in the making of Elizabethan Drama. In: The Shakespearean International Yearbook: Special Section: The Achievement of Robert Weimann. Editors: Bradshaw, G., Bishop, T. and Schalkwyk, D., . Ashgate. 119- 141. 9781409408581

Gillies, J., (2010). "Mighty Space": The Ordinate and the Exorbitant in two Shakespeare Plays. In: Questioning Bodies in Shakespeare's Rome. Editors: Del Sapio Garbero, M., Isenberg, N. and Pennacchia, M., . Unipress. 259- 274. 9783899717402

Reports and Papers (1)

Gillies, J., (2013). 'Religious Doubt' or the question of original sin in Hamlet

Grants and funding


Shakespeare In Caribbean Culture

The British Academy

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