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Dr Lucia Nigri

Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature/Director of Conversion


Director of Conversion

I received my European doctoral degree in Early Modern English Literature from the University of Rome (Italy) in December 2010. Having worked at Salford since 2013, I previously held teaching positions at the University of Manchester, University of Hull, and Liverpool John Moore University. 


I currently convene three modules: Professional Practice (Level 7), Rebels, Villains, and Discontented Minds (Level 6), and From Salvation to Damnation (Level 5).

Research Interests

My research interests focus on early modern literature with a particular emphasis on drama. I have written articles on intertextuality in John Webster’s plays (Il Confronto Letterario 2007), maternal misrecognition in early modern tragedies (Nuova Cultura 2010), the notion of identity in Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Universitalia 2011), the question of authorship in Arden of Faversham (Memoria di Shakespeare, Bulzoni 2012), the relation between dominant and marginal languages in translating for the theatre (Routledge 2013), performativity in the Victorian adaptations of The Tempest (Palgrave 2014), on the natural and monumental body in Romeo and Juliet (Routledge 2016 and ETS 2018) and on Shakespearean narratives used in particular times of crisis in Italy (forthcoming).

I have extensively written on the figure of the malcontent (Notes and Queries 2012 and ETS 2014), on intertextuality on stage (Anglica 2014), and on skepticism and self in Elizabethan and Jacobean period (English Literature, 2014).

More recently, I have co-edited a volume on Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England

(Routledge 2018) and co-edited a Special Issue dedicated to ‘John Webster’s Theatre of (Dis)obedience and Damnation’ (American Notes and Queries)


1. Nigri, L '“. . .the ultimate cry of the failure of a human and wonderful project” : Strehler’s journey through ‘The tempest’.' , in: Shakespeare and crisis. The Italian narrative , Benjamins. (Submitted)

2. Nigri, L 'Eighteenth century (counter) narratives and the crisis of the 1790s' , in: Shakespeare and crisis. The Italian narrative , Benjamins. (Submitted)

3. Nigri, L 2018, 'Resisting, appropriating, and becoming the signs in Romeo and Juliet'  in: Authority, resistance, and woe. Romeo and Juliet and its afterlife , ETS. (In Press)

4. Nigri, L 2018, 'Malcontented agents : from the novellas to Much Ado about Nothing and The Duchess of Malfi' , ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews , pp. 1-6.

5. Nigri, L 2017, 'Religious hypocrisy in performance : Roman Catholicism and the London stage' , in: Forms of hypocrisy in Early Modern England , Routledge, New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 57-71.

6. Bigliazzi, S and Nigri, L 2016, 'Silencing the natural body : notes on the monumental body in Romeo and Juliet' , in: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and Civic Life : the Boundaries of Civic Space , Routledge Studies in Shakespeare , Routledge, pp. 171-186.

7. Nigri, L 2014, 'Testo, testi, e contesti: l’intertestualità in scena' , Intertestualità, interdisciplinarietà, intermedialità , pp. 83-98.

8. Nigri, L 2014, '“Lost in visual pleasure” : Charles Kean’s production of The Tempest' , in: Revisiting The Tempest: The Capacity to Signify , Palgrave, pp. 171-182.

9. Nigri, L 2014, ''And I must now go wander like a Cain.’ A journey across early modern (under)worlds' , Managing Diversities in English Literature: Global and Local Imaginaries in Dialogue , pp. 99-107.

10. Nigri, L 2014, 'Sceptical responses in early modern plays : from self-knowledge to self-doubt in Marston’s The Malcontent and Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy' , English Literature, 1 (1) , pp. 117-130.

11. Nigri, L 2014, Review of Lindsay Kemp's Perché sei tu? (directed by Lindsay Kemp at Teatro Nuovo, Verona, 12 April 2013), Taylor & Francis.

12. Nigri, L 2013, 'From the Peninsula westward: a journey among translations' , in: Theatre Translation in Performance , Routledge, pp. 142-165.

13. Nigri, L 2012, '‘Speaking the truth’: on the power of words in arden of Faversham' , Memoria di Shakespeare 8 , pp. 373-384.

14.  Nigri, L 2012, 'The origin of 'malcontent'' , Notes and Queries, 59 (1) , pp. 37-40.

15. Nigri, L 2012, 'Review to "Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question"' , Memoria di Shakespeare 8.

16. Nigri, L 2011, 'Oh I’m in doubt whether I’m myself or no' , Il gioco delle maschere a teatro , pp. 387-394.

17. Nigri, L 2010, 'Il figlio ‘negato’ nel teatro elisabettiano' , Padri e Figli , pp. 85-93.

18. Nigri, L 2008, 'Review to "Reading the early modern dream: The terrors of the night"' , Anglistica 12, 12 (1), pp. 123-126.

19. Nigri, L 2007, 'Il vortice dialogico nel teatro tragico di John Webster' , Il Confronto Letterario , pp. 311-333.