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Professor Katharine Cockin

Professor
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Katharine Cockin
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 876332

  • Location

    5NW.4.5, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    2019-20 Autumn Term research leave (by appointment)

Profile

Biography

I joined University of Essex in October 2017, as Professor of English Literature. I studied English literature at University of Leicester as an undergraduate and as a postgraduate on the MA in Modern Literature: Theory and Practice) and PhD. My PhD thesis was a cultural history of the Pioneer Players theatre society (1911-25). After various temporary teaching appointments and appointment to the Elizabeth Howe research fellowship by the Open University (1997), I joined University of Hull in January 1998 as a lecturer. I was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor and in 2010-14 I was appointed as Head of Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. At University of Hull I founded the interdisciplinary research and teaching collaboration on literature and law with colleagues in the Law School. This included new undergraduate programmes, BA English with Law and LLB Law with Literature, a seminar series, a conference on ‘Silence’, and a special issue of Law and Literature. I devised and convened the MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature (2007-14). Research Interests My research focuses on the lives and work of Ellen Terry (1847-1928), the nineteenth-century actor and her daughter, Edith Craig (1869-1947) who was an influential theatre director and activist in the women's suffrage movement. She directed many plays in support of women's suffrage and founded the London-based Pioneer Players theatre society (1911-25). My publications include three books on her life and work: Edith Craig: Dramatic Lives (1998); Women and Theatre in the Age of Suffrage: The Pioneer Players 1911-25 (2001) and Edith Craig and the Theatres of Art (2017). I am editor of the British Academy funded Collected Letters of Ellen Terry (8 vols 2010-). This edition draws on over 3,000 letters held in libraries, archives and private collections in the UK and USA. I am Principal Investigator of two online projects. • The AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors (2015-17) resource was listed as one of the top 50 websites for family history research in 2017 by BBC Who Do You Think You Are magazine. • The AHRC Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database project enabled the National Trust to deposit most of its archive at the British Library. I would welcome PhD applications on any of the research areas mentioned above or any of the following: • archival studies • women’s suffrage literature and history • modern and contemporary literature • literature and law • women’s history • science fiction and contemporary culture • auto/biography • First World War and literature • literature and place; the Literary north

Qualifications

  • BA Hons Leicester University

  • MA Leicester University

  • PhD Leicester University

  • Principal Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Director of Research, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (1/1/2019 - present)

  • Director of Impact, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (4/9/2017 - 31/7/2019)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

women's suffrage

Literature and drama written in support of the women's suffrage movement in Britain 1907-14. Organisations associated with British women's suffrage movement.

Key words: women's suffrage literature
Open to supervise

literature and history

Key words: cultural history
Open to supervise

archival studies

Key words: digitization
Open to supervise

theatre history

Key words: independent or free theatre movement
Open to supervise

First World War in literature

Key words: First World War drama
Open to supervise

science fiction

Key words: cyborgs in literature
Open to supervise

animal studies

Key words: animals in literature
Open to supervise

autobiography

Key words: auto/biography
Open to supervise

Ellen Terry

The life and work of Ellen Terry (1847-1928) performer in UK and on tour in USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Key words: Victorian actor
Open to supervise

Edith Craig

The life and work of Edith Craig (1869-1947) theatre director, performer, costume designer and maker, political activist in British women's suffrage movement, active in Little Theatre movement, Art Theatre, amateur theatre, significant figure in lesbian history.

Key words: theatre director
Open to supervise

family history

Key words: family history
Open to supervise

Literature and Law

Key words: Literature and Law
Open to supervise

literature and place

Key words: north of England
Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

In conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Colchester, United Kingdom, 4/12/2018

Gertrude Colmore and Home Counties Suffragettes

Essex History Group, Essex Record Office, 13/11/2018

Gertrude Colmore and Home Counties Suffragettes

Essex History Group, Essex Record Office, 6/11/2018

Staging Suffragettes

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Jaywick Martello Arts Centre, 26/10/2018

Women's Suffrage in the Court of Justice: The Story of A Pageant of Great Women

Invited presentation, The Disappearance of Miss Bebb, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 21/10/2018

Edith Craig: Staging Suffragettes

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Theatre Royal Norwich Heritage Week, Norwich, United Kingdom, 14/9/2018

Dr Mary Murdoch

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Women's Institute, Women's Institute Roos, East Yorkshire Branch, Roos, United Kingdom, 5/9/2018

Searching for Theatrical Ancestors

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, East Yorkshire Family History Society, East Yorkshire Family History Society, Beverley, United Kingdom, 4/9/2018

Edith Craig (1869-1947): Directing the Theatres of War for Women's Suffrage

Women's History Network Conference, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 1/9/2018

Votes for Alice

Invited presentation, Lewis Carroll Society Alice Day, Bodleian Library, Oxford, United Kingdom, 7/7/2018

Women's Suffrage Theatre

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Words with..., Colchester, United Kingdom, 20/6/2018

Investigating the Professor

Invited presentation, University English, Lancaster, United Kingdom, 13/4/2018

Searching for Theatrical Ancestors

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, U3A Family History, 6th Peak District Family History Conference, Buxton, United Kingdom, 16/3/2018

Dramatising Women's Suffrage: Edith Craig and the Art of the Theatre

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Manchester, United Kingdom, 10/3/2018

Dr Mary Murdoch (1864-1916)

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Hull Minster, Hull, United Kingdom, 9/3/2018

Searching for Theatrical Ancestors: Lost and Found

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, AHRC Being Human Festival, Hull History Centre, Hull, United Kingdom, 21/11/2017

Dr Mary Murdoch (1864-1916)

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Hull, United Kingdom, 20/11/2017

Searching for Theatrical Ancestors

Invited presentation, Yorkshire Family History Fair, York Racecourse, 24/6/2017

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Postcolonial Perspectives (LT246)

  • Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama (LT111)

  • The First World War in Literature (LT137)

  • Criticism: Practice and Theory (LT204)

  • Black Lives Represented: Writing, Art, Politics and Society (LT218)

  • Rights and Wrongs: Literatures of Slavery and Emancipation (LT228)

  • Cyborgs, Clones and the Rise of the Robots: Science Fiction (LT364)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Literature and the First World War (LT961)

Publications

Journal articles (26)

Cockin, KM., (2018). Searching for Theatrical Ancestors at the Ellen Terry Archive. Local History News (126), 8-8

Cockin, KM., (2017). Formations, Institutions and the 'Free Theatre': Edith Craig's Pioneer Players 1911-25. Keywords: A Journal of Cultural Materialism. 15, 55-71

Cockin, K., (2016). Becoming Plant and Posthumanism in Jeff Noon’sPollen(1995). Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 57 (1), 94-104

(2016). Erratum. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 57 (4), 486-486

Cockin, K., (2014). Building Bridges: Widening Participation, English Literature and Hull City of Culture 2017. Use of English. 66 (1), 20-26

Cockin, K., (2014). Disturbing practices: history, sexuality and women's experience of modern war. Journal of Gender Studies. 23 (4), 458-459

Cockin, KM., (2012). Silence: Special Issue of Law & Literature. LAW & LITERATURE. 24 (1), 1-2

(2012). Queen Caroline's Pains and Penalties. Law and Literature. 24 (1), 40-58

Cockin, K., (2010). Cyborgs and Barbie dolls: feminism, popular culture and the posthuman body. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES. 19 (1), 102-103

Cockin, K., (2008). Women against the vote: female anti-suffragism in Britain. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES. 17 (2), 176-177

Cockin, K., (2008). Contemporary Fiction. Critical Survey. 20 (1), 1-2

Cockin, K., (2007). Chicks and Lads in Contemporary British Fiction. Anglistik und Englischunterricht. 69, 107-123

Cockin, K., (2006). Friends and Family Figures in Contemporary Fiction. Critical Survey. 18 (2), 1-3

Cockin, K., (2005). Cicely Hamilton's warriors: dramatic reinventions of militancy in the British women's suffrage movement. Women's History Review. 14 (3-4), 527-542

Cockin, K., (2004). The new woman in fact and fiction: fin-de-siecle feminisms. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES. 13 (3), 288-290

Cockin, K., (2004). Inventing the Suffragettes: Anachronism, Gnosticism and Corporeality in Contemporary Fiction. Critical Survey. 16 (3), 17-32

Cockin, K., (2003). Rethinking Transracial Adoption: Reading Jackie Kay's The Adoption Papers. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 18 (2), 276-291

Cockin, K., (2002). Ellen Terry, the ghost-writer and the laughing statue: the Victorian actress, letters and life-writing. Journal of European Studies. 32 (125-126), 151-163

Cockin, K., (2002). Women, theatre and performance: new histories, new historiographies. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES. 11 (3), 304-305

Cockin, K., (2000). Women and playwriting in nineteenth-century Britain. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES. 9 (3), 347-349

Cockin, K., (2000). Women and Victorian theatre. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES. 9 (3), 347-349

Cockin, K., (2000). Actresses on the Victorian stage: feminine performance. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES. 9 (3), 347-349

Cockin, K., (1998). West End women: women and the London stage, 1918-1962. WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW. 7 (1), 147-149

COCKIN, K., (1991). NEW LIGHT ON CRAIG,EDITH + THE ENGLISH THEATER PRODUCER, PIONEER-PLAYERS AND EDWARDIAN SUFFRAGE-MOVEMENT. THEATRE NOTEBOOK. 45 (3), 132-143

Cockin, K., (1991). New Light on Edith Craig. Theatre Notebook: A Journal of the History and Technique of the British Theatre. 45 (3), 132-143

Cockin, K., (1990). Addendum to British Literary Magazines: The Victorian and Edwardian Age 1837-1913. Victorian Periodicals Review. 23 (2), 68-68

Books (14)

Cockin, K., (2017). Edith Craig and the Theatres of Art. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 1472570634. 9781472570628

Cockin, K., (2016). The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry. Routledge. 131547767X. 9781315477671

Cockin, K., (2016). The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Vol. 6 1914-1928. Routledge. 1315477688. 9781315477688

Cockin, KM., (2015). Collected Letters of Ellen Terry Volume 2. Pickering & Chatto. 9781851961504

Cockin, KM., (2014). Collected Letters of Ellen Terry Volume 5 1905-1913. Pickering and Chatto. 9781851961498

(2013). The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Volume 4: 1899-1904. Pickering & Chatto. 1851961488. 9781851961481

(2012). The Literary North. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 1137026871. 9781349349593

(2012). The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Volume 3: 1894-1898. Pickering & Chatto. 185196147X. 9781851961474

Emeljanow, V., Cockin, K. and Salter, DW., (2012). Lives of Shakespearian Actors V: Ellen Terry. 1851969314. 9781851969319

(2011). The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Volume 2, 1889–1893. Pickering & Chatto. 1851961453. 9781851961467

Cockin, K. and Norquay, G., (2007). Women's Suffrage Literature: Suffrage drama. 0415357470. 9780415357470

Cockin, K., Norquay, G. and Park, SS., (2007). Women's Suffrage Literature: The fiction of Gertrude Colmore. 0415357462. 9780415357463

Cockin, KM., (2001). Women and the Theatre in the Age of Suffrage: The Pioneer Players 1911-25. Palgrave. 0-333-68696-9

Cockin, K., (1998). Edith Craig (1869-1947) dramatic lives. Continuum Intl Pub Group. 0304336459. 9780304336456

Book chapters (24)

Cockin, K., (2019). A Pageant of Great Women (1909-12). In: Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating the History of Women and Law in the UK and Ireland. Editors: Rackley, E. and Auchmuty, R., . Hart. 105- 113. 9781782259770

Cockin, K., (2019). Ellen Terry: The Art of Performance and Her Work in Film. In: Stage Women, 1900-1950: Female Theatre Workers and Professional Practice. Editors: Gale, M. and Dorney, K., . Manchester University Press. 1526100703. 9781526100702

Cockin, KM., (2017). Re-reading Edge of Darkness: The Power of Northernness and the 'Man of Feeling'. In: Heading North: The North of England in Film and Television. Editors: Mazierska, E., . Palgrave Macmillan. 133- 149. 978-3-319-52499-3

Cockin, KM., (2016). Bram Stoker, Ellen Terry, Edith Craig and Pamela Colman Smith and the Art of Devilry. In: Bram Stoker and the Gothic Formations to Transformations. Editors: Wynne, C., . Springer. 159- 171. 1137465042. 9781137465047

Cockin, K., (2015). Edith Craig and the Pioneer Players. In: British Theatre and the Great War, 1914 – 1919. Palgrave Macmillan. 121- 139. 9781137402004

Cockin, K., (2015). Edith Craig and the Pioneer Players: London's International Art Theatre in a 'Khaki-clad and Khaki-minded World'. In: British Theatre and the Great War, 1914 - 1919: New Perspectives. 121- 139. 9781349555161

Cockin, K., (2012). Locating the literary north. In: The Literary North. 240- 252. 9780230367401

Cockin, KM., (2012). Introducing the Literary North. In: The Literary North. Editors: Cockin, KM., . Palgrave. 1- 21

Cockin, K., (2011). Ellen Terry: Preserving the Relics and Creating the Brand. In: Ellen Terry, Spheres of Influence. Pickering & Chatto. 133- 148. 9781848931121

Halliwell, J. and Cockin, K., (2011). Describing the Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Archive. In: Ellen Terry, Spheres of Influence. Pickering & Chatto. 149- 160. 9781848931121

Cockin, K., (2008). Ellen Terry and Henry Irving: A Working Partnership. In: Henry Irving: A Re-Evaluation of the Pre-Eminent Victorian Actor-Manager. Ashgate. 37- 48. 9780754658290

Cockin, KM., (2004). Dr Mary Murdoch. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cockin, KM., (2004). Margaret Ethel Robertson. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cockin, KM., (2004). Laurence Housman. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cockin, KM., (2004). Christopher St John. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cockin, KM., (2004). Edith Craig. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cockin, KM., (2004). Clare Atwood. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cockin, KM., (2004). Emily Courtier-Dutton (Kittie Carson, nee Claremont). In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cockin, K., (2003). Slinging the Ink About: Ellen Terry and Women's Suffrage Agitation. In: Gender and Politics in the Age of Letter-Writing, 1750-2000. Ashgate. 201- 211. 9780754638513

Cockin, KM., (2000). Introduction to Part Five. In: The Routledge Reader in Politics and Performance. Editors: Goodman, L. and de Gay, J., . Routledge. 145- 149. 9-780415-174732

Cockin, K., (1999). Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Three Women: Work, Marriage, and the Old(er) Woman. In: Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Optimist Reformer. U of Iowa P. 74- 92. 9780877456957

Cockin, KM., (1998). Women's Suffrage Drama. In: The Women's Suffrage Movement: New Feminist Perspectives. Editors: Joannou, M. and Purvis, J., . Manchester University Press. 127- 139. 0-7190-4860-5

Cockin, KM., (1998). Introduction to Part One. In: The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance. Editors: Goodman, L. and de Gay, J., . Routledge. 19- 24. 9-780415-165839

Cockin, KM., (1994). The Pioneer Players: Plays of/with Identity. In: Difference in View: Women and Modernism. Editors: Griffin, G., . Taylor & Francis. 142- 155. 0-7484-0135-0

Dataset (3)

Cockin, KM., (2016).AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors

Cockin, KM., (2016).AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors: The Shakespeare Train

Cockin, KM., (2008).AHRC Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database

Other (4)

(2012).The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Volume 3: 1894-1898,Pickering & Chatto

(2011).Ellen Terry, Spheres of Influence,Pickering & Chatto

(2011).The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Volume 2: 1889-1893,Pickering & Chatto

(2010).The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Volume 1: 1865-1888,Pickering & Chatto

Contact

k.m.cockin@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 876332

Location:

5NW.4.5, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

2019-20 Autumn Term research leave (by appointment)

More about me
AHRC Ellen Terry and Edith Craig database: http://www.ellenterryarchive.essex.ac.uk/
AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors: http://www.ellenterryarchive.essex.ac.uk/star
AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors: Shakespeare Train: http://www.ellenterryarchive.essex.ac.uk/shake