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Dr A. J. Piesse BA (Oxon.), MPhil (Oxon.) MA (Oxon.) DPhil (Oxon.), FTCDAssociate Professor, Head of Discipline, Evaluations Coordinator

Research and Teaching Interests

Amanda Piesse teaches across a wide range of sixteenth-century literature with a special interest in early Tudor drama, protestant polemic prose and has an interest in Shakespeare. She also teaches courses in children's literature, with a special interest in Renaissance children and the books they read, current Irish writing for children, and writing for teenagers. Her sixteenth-century research centres on representations of knowledge and self-knowledge, especially in the early Tudor drama and in Shakespeare, with a growing interest in the theatre of revenge, scientific writing of the period, and writing for children. Her research in contemporary children's literature currently focuses on representations of the elderly in Irish writing for children. She is currently supervising research in the areas of Shakespeare and conscience, Shakespeare and madness, Irish writing and the school curriculum for children, Irish history in children's literature and film.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


  • William Tyndale, The Obedience of A Christen Man, eds. A.J. Piesse and Paul Arblaster (Manchester: Manchester University Press) (forthcoming).

  • Sixteenth-Century Identities, ed. A. J. Piesse. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001)


  • 'Reading Renaissance Children' in Studies in Children's Literature, 1500-2000, eds. Celia Keenan and Mary Shine Thompson (Dublin: Four Courts, 2004), pp.21-32.

  • 'Laughing at the language of love: the limits of linguistic representation in John Heywood's A Play of Love' in G. Latré, H. Braet, W. Verbeke, eds. Risus Medievalis Medievalia Lovaniensis Series 1 Studia 30, (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2002) pp. 31-42.

  • 'King John' in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays ed. Michael Hattaway, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)


Dr A. J. Piesse
Department of English
Trinity College
University of Dublin
Dublin 2

Telephone: + 353 1 896 1934
Fax: + 353 1 671 7114

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