Chris Laoutaris

Dr Chris Laoutaris is Renaissance Literature Course Convenor at University College London’s Department of English. He is currently working on The Queen’s Soldier: The Life and Wars of Elizabeth Russell (forthcoming from Penguin), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Tony Lothian Prize. This book will tell the true story of Lady Elizabeth Russell (1540-1609), the woman who declared war on Shakespeare.

He completed his BA (Faculty’s highest First Class), MA (highest Distinction) and PhD at University College London where he was awarded the Morley Medal in English, the Ker Memorial Prize in English, and accorded a place on the Dean’s List for Academic Achievement. He was shortlisted for the Eric Gregory Poetry Awards in 2006 and from 2007-10 was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the British Academy.

He is the author of an academic study of Shakespeare’s plays entitled Shakespearean Maternities: Crises of Conception in Early Modern England (Edinburgh University Press). An active member of the Shakespeare Association of America, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Laoutaris has toured parts of the United States and Canada, giving lectures on everything from Shakespeare to the history of the English Witch-Hunts, and is contributor to two of Ashgate Press’s Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama series of books, edited by Kathryn M. Moncrief and Kathryn R. McPherson. He has also completed a study of female translators and historical writers for The History of British Women’s Writing: 1500-1610, edited by Caroline Bicks and Jennifer Summit (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2010). His most recent commission is an account of the scandalous careers of the Earl of Essex and his sister, Lady Penelope Rich, who both rebelled against Queen Elizabeth I in 1601, for Essex: The Life and Times of an Elizabethan Courtier, edited by Lisa Hopkins and Annaliese F. Connolly.