Dr Neema Parvini

Assistant Professor

Dr Neema Parvini

Dr Neema Parvini


Neema Parvini specialises in Shakespeare studies. His research interests include political and moral philosophy, cognitive psychology, early modern history, literary theory, and historiography. He took his BA (hons) in English from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2004. During his time as an undergraduate, he won the a McDonalds Scholarship (2001), the Margaret Bretherton Memorial Prize (2002), the Gertrude Schryver Prize (2004) and the Edmée Manning Award (2004). He gained his Masters degree in twentieth-century literature from Oxford university with distinction in 2005. He returned to Royal Holloway in 2006, where he was awarded a Thomas Holloway Scholarship to read for his PhD, which he completed in 2010.

Neema has run the ‘Shakespeare and His World’ course at Richmond, The American International University in London since 2010. Before that, he taught at taught at Royal Holloway and Brunel.

He is the author of five books:

  • Shakespeare’s Moral Compass: Ethical Thinking in his Plays (forthcoming; Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018).
  • Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory (New York and London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017).
  • Shakespeare and Cognition: Thinking Fast and Slow Through Character (New York and London: Palgrave, 2015).
  • Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory: New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2012).
  • Shakespeare’s History Plays: Rethinking Historicism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

He also hosts the Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory podcast series: https://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/

Faculty Research

Journal Articles
Parvini N. (2013) ‘Review of Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton ed. Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)’. Literature & History,
doi: 10.7227/LH.22.2.7
Parvini N. (2013) ‘Reply to Jonathan Dollimore’. Textual Practice, 27 (4), pp. 724-733.
doi: 10.1080/0950236X.2013.815424
Parvini N. (2013) ‘The scholars and the critics: Shakespeare studies and theory in the 2010s’. Shakespeare,
doi: 10.1080/17450918.2013.857711

Parvini N. (2012) Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory. London : Bloomsbury Academic
Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/742643/

Parvini N. (2012) Shakespeare’s History Plays. Rethinking Historicism. Edinburgh University Press
Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/742641/

Internet publications
Parvini N. (2012) Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory (Podcast series). School of English and Languages, University of Surrey
Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/755891/

Get in touch

I teach on:
Performance and Theatre Arts

Some of the courses I teach:
THR 5405 – Shakespeare & His World I
THR 5410 – Shakespeare & His World II

Research Cluster:
International Visual Arts and Cultures
Research Cluster for the Study of the State, Power and Globalisation

Research Interest & Expertise:
Early-modern literature
New historicism and cultural materialism
Literary theory
Modern drama