Robert White

Emeritus Professor, MA Adel., DPhil Oxf., FAHA

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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R. S. White MA (Adelaide), D.Phil (Oxford), FAHA

Head English Department 1989-92; 1995-7

Fellow Austraian Humanities Academy
Winthrop Professor of English
Australian Professorial Fellow (ARC)
Chief Coordinator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Programme Leader ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions

Funding overview

For details see Research Profile and Publications below
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Australian Professorial Fellowship
ARC Discovery Awards

Previous positions

Lecturer - Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1974-88
Visiting Research Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, ANU
Visiting Research Fellow, Balliol College Oxford
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
ARC Professorial Research Fellowship (2008-13)

Senior Visiting Research Fellowship, Magdalen College Oxford (2018)

Current projects

Book: Romantic Pacifism IN PROGRESS FOR PUBLICATION 2025

Book: Shakespeare Against War: Pacifist Readings (Edinburgh University Press, May, 2024)

Book: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Language and Writing (London: Arden Studies, Bloomsbury, 2020)

Book: Keats's Anatomy of Melancholy (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

Book: Ambivalent Macbeth (Sydney University Press, 2018)

Book (co-ed with Paul Megna and Brid Phillips) Hamlet and Emotions (Palgrave, 2019)

Book (co-ed. with Ciara Rawnsley) The New Fortune Theatre: That Vast Open Stage (UWA Publishing, 2018)


'Character' in Shakespeare and Emotion (Cambridge, 2020)
'Eklavya' and Hamlet' in Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas, ed. Poonam Trivedi (Routledge)
(with Fiona Ritchie) 'Romantic Habits of quoting Shakespeare'in Shakespeare and Quotation, ed. Julie Maxwell and Kate Rumbold (Cambridge University Press)
'Keats's "Isabella" in John Keats and the Medical imagination, ed. Nicholas Roe (Palgrave Macmillan)
'Character' in Emotions and Shakespeare, ed Katharine Craik (Cambridge University Press)

Teaching overview

Research intensive
Teaching contributions: Shakespeare, Early Modern Literature,Romantics and Revolution, Film history


Renaissance literature
Romantic poetry
Film history
History of Emotions

Research expertise keywords

  • Shakespeare
  • Romantic Poetry
  • Emotions
  • Renaissance
  • Film, Television And Cultural Studies
  • Keats and Romantics
  • Pacifism and human rights in literature
  • Film history


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