Lesel Dawson
Lesel Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Bristol University.

She studied at UCLA before going on to do her M. Phil. and D. Phil. at Oxford University, specializing in sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature. She is interested in the intersection between literature and medicine and teaches in the English Department and on the intercalated B.A. in Medical Humanities. Her book, Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature (OUP, 2008), analyzes the idea of love as a real disease in medical texts and the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. It makes an important contribution to the history of romantic love, exploring the different ways that desire is believed to take root in the body, how gender roles are encoded and contested in courtship, and the psychic pains and pleasures of frustrated passion.

Lesel is currently working on a project on the revenge tragedy tradition from Aeschylus’ Agamemnon to Tarantino’s Kill Bill, focusing in particular on depictions of mothers as revenge figures. She is on the Board of Directors for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol.

Blog Entries by Lesel Dawson

King Lear and The Cherry Orchard, the Tobacco Factory, Bristol

0 Comments | Posted 9 March 2012 | g:i A

Andrew Hilton's production of King Lear, currently at Bristol's Tobacco Factory until March 24, is a gripping rendition of Shakespeare's most distressing tragedy, unadorned by heavy-handed gimmicks and sensitive to the text. As usual with any Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory production, part of its...

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Review of the RSC's Cardenio: Shakespeare Lost and Found, or Fletcher Restored?

0 Comments | Posted 1 September 2011 | g:i A

The RSC's Cardenio, currently playing at the The Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, is a brilliant and audacious attempt to reimagine a lost Shakespearean play. It is better, and more psychologically interesting, than the work on which it is based (Lewis Theobald's Double Falsehood, [1727]), and it is...

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Epidurals and Birth the American Way on One Born Every Minute USA

0 Comments | Posted 5 August 2011 | g:i A

My first child was born two and a half months prematurely, on only gas and air. Despite the excruciating pain I was in, I didn't realise I was in labour when my husband dropped me off at St. Michael's Hospital in Bristol.

I went in wearing my work clothes,...

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