Niamh Dolly Fitzpatrick

Niamh-Dolly Fitzpatrick

MPhil/PhD Student

School of Humanities

Research Degree Students

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Niamh is a part time doctoral researcher in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Worcester.


Niamh’s main research interest is focused on examining the character of the villain in the tragedy and tragicomedies of Margaret Cavendish, Elizabeth Polwheele, Francis Boothby, Aphra Behn, Catherine Trotter, Delarivier Manley, Mary Pix, and Susanna Centlivre (1660-1717). Niamh intends to utilise queer theory and historicism to demonstrate how her select dramatists are developing a new form of villainy in the era. This is a characterisation which is an other to society, situated outside what was considered normative, and something which is not constant or binary, but rather fluid in nature.


Her supervisors are Dr Sharon Young ( and Professor Nicoleta Cinpoes (

Niamh is also a member of staff at the University of Worcester, working as an Associate Lecturer in English Literature (Department of English, Media, and Culture) and PGR Rep for the College of Education, Culture, and Society.


Niamh is a member of the Women’s Studies Group 1558 – 1837 ( and the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (


Conference & Seminar Presentations

That wretched woman suffered (Oedipus the King): Cracking the Eastenders 2023 Christmas Special’, Christmas Cracked, The Hive (December, 2024).

'For ambition, turn a Villain, and betray my friend? (Marcelia): Innovation, neoclassicism and villainy in Frances Boothby's Marcelia, or the Treacherous Friend (1669)', Shakespeare Centre London, King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe PGR Conference, London (May, 2024).

'Isabella Andreini & Margherita Costa: Dramatists. Creatures. Women.', Women's Studies Group 1558 - 1837 Seminar Series, WSG (March, 2024).

'Isabella Andreini: Nymphs, Satyrs & Proto-feminism', Fantasy as a Genre Lightning Talks, The Hive (February, 2024).

'Tis not a villain, sir, I do love to look upon (The Tempest): Monstrosity, Fluidity, and Villainy in William Shakespeare's The Tempest', Human | Nature Humanities Conference, University of Worcester (May, 2023).


Theatre Reviews & Publication

Minority Report by Max Webster (review), Theatre Journal, Proposed Spring 2025.

Macbeth by Wils Wilson (review), Shakespeare Bulletin, 41.4 (2023): 610-614.


‘Venetian Vogue', Research@Worcs (Worcester: University of Worcester, 2023).




Early Modern Research Group Prize for Interdisciplinary Research.



Twitter: @NFitzpatrick01


The Early Modern Research Group Prize for Interdisciplinary Research – November 2019