Neema Parvini

Dr Neema Parvini


Senior Lecturer in English
BA (hons), MSt, PhD

Biography

Areas of specialism

Shakespeare; Political Philosophy; Evolutionary Theory; Economics; Literary Theory

University roles and responsibilities

  • Admissions Tutor

My qualifications

2010
PhD in English Literature
Royal Holloway, University of London
2005
Masters in English Literature (distinction)
University of Oxford
2004
BA (hons) in English Literature
Royal Holloway, University of London

My publications

Highlights

Shakespeare’s Moral Compass (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory (New York and London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017).

Shakespeare and Cognition: Thinking Fast and Slow Through Character (New York and London: Palgrave, 2015)

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory: New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2012).

Shakespeare’s History Plays: Rethinking Historicism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

Publications

Books

Shakespeare’s Moral Compass (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory (New York and London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017).

Shakespeare and Cognition: Thinking Fast and Slow Through Character (New York and London: Palgrave, 2015).

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory: New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2012).

Shakespeare’s History Plays: Rethinking Historicism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

 

Academic Articles and Chapters

‘New Historicism and Cultural Materialism’, in A Companion to Literary Theory ed. David Richter (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2018).

‘Historicism “By Stealth”: History, Politics and Power in Richard II and Henry IV’, in Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s History Plays ed. Laurie Ellinghausen (New York: MLA, 2017).

‘New Historicism’, in Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory ed. Eugene O’Brien (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

‘Cultural Materialism’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory ed. Stuart Sim (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

‘The Scholars and the Critics: Shakespeare Studies and Theory in the 2010s’, Shakespeare, 10:2 (Spring, 2014), 212-23.

‘Reply to Jonathan Dollimore’, Textual Practice, 27:4 (July 2013), 724-733.

‘N.F. Simpson and the Theatre of the Absurd’, Platform, 3:1 (Spring, 2008).

 

Reviews

Review of Burke, Michael, and Emily T. Troscianko (eds), Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues between Literature and Cognition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, 2.1 (2018).

Review of Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton (eds), Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), Literature & History, 22:2 (September, 2013).

Review of Park Honan, Christopher Marlowe: Poet & Spy (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), Comitatus: A Journal for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 39 (2008).

Review of William H. Sherman, Used Books: Marking Renaissance Readers (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press), Comitatus: A Journal for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 39 (2008).

 

Articles in Media Publications

 

‘Why I Object to a “Left vs. Right” Political Spectrum’, Merion West (27 August, 2018).

‘Rejecting Progress in the Name of ‘Cultural Appropriation’, Quillette (22 August, 2018).

‘How the United Kingdom Became a Police State’, Mises Wire (7 June 2018).

‘The Prison-House of Political Language’, Quillette (4 June 2018).

‘The Elites and Inequality: The Rise and Fall of the Managerial Class’, Quillette (11 May 2018).

‘The Incentives for Groupthink’, Quillette (22 April, 2018).

‘The Stifling Uniformity of Literary Theory’, Quillette, (15 April, 2018). 

‘How Noble in Reason: Shakespeare Reveals the Primacy of Emotions in Human Nature’, The Evolution Institute (11 April, 2017).

‘What did Shakespeare understand about the human mind?’, The Evolution Institute (23, April, 2016).

 

Conference Papers and Talks

‘Shakespeare and Morality’ (seminar leader), British Shakespeare Association, Belfast, June 16th, 2018. [invited by Prof Ramona Wray and BSA conference committee]

‘The future of historicism – "beyond" the New Historicism’, History and Theories: Fourth Series, Ghent University, March 29th, 2018. [invited by Prof. Jurgen Pieters]

‘The College of Corporations: Stephen Greenblatt’s Network of Social Energy’, Modern Language Association (MLA), New York, January 6th, 2018. [invited by session presider, Dr William Reginald Rapone]

‘New Directions for Historicism’ (seminar leader), Shakespeare Association of America, Atlanta, April 6th, 2017. [invited by Prof Natasha Korda and SAA conference committee]

‘The Mind in Marvell’, Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, April 1st, 2017. [invited by the Andrew Marvell Society]

Book talk on Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory, Kingston Shakespeare Seminar, Kingston-upon-Thames, October 1st, 2016. [invited by Prof. Richard Wilson and KISS]

‘Shakespeare’s History Plays’, Shakespeare World Congress, Stratford-upon-Avon, August 5th, 2016.

‘Shakespeare, Cognition and Narrative’, Shakespeare Association of America, New Orleans, March 25th, 2016.

‘Shakespeare, Marin Držić and the Conventions of Pastoral Comedy’, UCL, London, March 26th, 2014. [invited by Croatian Ambassador to the UK]

‘A Mind Which Could Think Otherwise: Understanding Shakespeare's Creative Intelligence’, British Museum, London, November 7th, 2012. [invited by the British Museum]