Dr Claire Hansen

PhD FHEA
Lecturer in English
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Ecocriticism 470509
  • Literary Studies 4705
  • British And Irish Literature 470504
  • Performing Arts 3604

Research interests

  • Shakespeare studies - early modern literature and drama, women in early modern drama, Shakespeare and ecocriticism, Shakespeare and pedagogy, Shakespeare and place
  • Ecocriticism, environmental humanities and place-based learning
  • Complexity theory
  • The health humanities and medical humanities 
  • Pedagogy - approaches to teaching and learning Shakespeare, Shakespeare studies in secondary and tertiary environments, complexity theory in education, place-based learning. ecocritical approaches to teaching

Biography

Dr Claire Hansen is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University.

Claire specialises in Shakespeare studies. She is a member of the Shakespeare Reloaded project, an ongoing collaborative project exploring innovative approaches to teaching and learning at secondary and tertiary institutions. She assists in the management of the Shakespeare Reloaded website and writes regularly for the Shakespeare Reloaded blog.

Her first book, Shakespeare and Complexity Theory, was published by Routledge in 2017. Claire has also published on Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, education, early modern dance, and female characters in renaissance literature. 

Claire's current projects include place-based approaches to Shakespeare, Shakespearean blue humanities, and the health humanities (see below for more). 

She is also passionate about theatre, and has published a host of theatre reviews on The Conversation and on the Shakespeare Reloaded blog.

In 2020, Claire was the recipient of a university Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and was also the overall winner of this award. 

Claire completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, where her research focused on the use of complexity theory in Shakespeare studies and in education.

She currently holds an Honorary Virtual Fellowship with the Centre for the History of Emotions.

Researcher's projects

Ecocriticism & Place-based Shakespeare

Claire's current research is centred on Shakespeare and place. 

In 2021, she presented her work on place-based Shakespeare pedagogy at Shakespeare's Globe Climate Emergency Symposium, Globe4Globe

She has a book forthcoming with Cambridge Elements on Shakespeare and Place-Based Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2023).

Blue Humanities Lab

Claire is co-chair of the Blue Humanities Lab, a multidisciplinary research initiative centred on the ‘blue’ spaces of our world – reefs, oceans, rivers, and inland bodies of waters. She has several works forthcoming on Shakespeare and the Blue Humanities.

The Heart of the Matter

Claire is a co-founder of the health humanities project, The Heart of the Matter, a multidisciplinary investigation into figurative and literal representations of the heart. The group launched a podcast in 2021.

In 2021, Claire's co-authored article on Shakespeare, artificial hearts and the pulse was published in Medical Humanities. She is co-convening a seminar on Shakespeare and Health at the 2022 Shakespeare Association of America Conference.

Find out more about the health humanities in a podcast available here.

Current student projects

  • Poised to change: Examining Textual and Linguistic Changeability in Contemporary Fiction using a Complexity Framework (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Practice-led research in creative writing: exploring the power of nature to alleviate feelings of homesickness through life writing. (PhD, Primary Advisor)

 

Past student projects

  • Sleep, and Extended Cognition in Spenserian Epic and Shakespearean Drama (2021, PhD, Secondary Advisor)

 

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