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Subject Areas: English and Linguistics
Janice Wardle is a Principal Lecturer in English Literature with teaching and research interests in Renaissance Literature and the adaptation of literary texts into film. She is a graduate of the University of Warwick where she studied for a BA (Hons) and then an MA in English and American Literature. Her MPhil was on Shakespearean Comedy and the work of Royal Shakespeare Theatre Director, John Barton.
Janice joined UCLan (then Lancashire Polytechnic) in 1985. She has had a number of leadership roles including acting head of Cultural Studies (1998-99, 2000, 2003), and Associate Head of the Schools of Journalism, Media and Communication (2009-2012) and Language, Literature and International Studies (2012-13). Janice is now a Principal Lecturer in English Literature and an Academic Team Leader and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the subject areas English Literature, Creative Writing and Film & Media. While Janice has taught modules in literature from Medieval Drama to Modernism, her current teaching is in Renaissance Literature, and Literature and Film.
Janice has supervised a successful PhD thesis on Jacobean comedy (Alizon Brunning), and MA by research theses on Ben Jonson (Daniel Walsh), and Edmund Spenser (Frank Swannack). She has examined a PhD thesis on Taiwanese Shakespeare, and MAs by research in Creative Writing and English Literature.
Janice is the School Lead for Quality Assurance and, and is also a University Review Panel chair, chairing many course approval events in the UK and in China, Hong Kong, Mauritius, India, Oman and Singapore. She is also a member of the University Contemporary Arts Development Group.
Wardle, Janice (2014) 'Outside Broadcast': Looking Backwards and Forwards, Live Theatre in the Cinema--NT Live and RSC Live. Adaptation, 7 (2). pp. 134-153. ISSN 1755-0637
Wardle, Janice (2017) Academe and academy: Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 10 (2). pp. 153-168. ISSN 1753-6421
Wardle, Janice (2018) Austenland and narrative tensions in Austen’s biopics. In: After Austen: Reinventions, Rewritings, Revisitings. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-95893-4
Wardle, Janice (2019) Time Travel and the Return of the Author. Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation . ISSN 1554-6985
Janice Wardle’s current research interests are in Renaissance poetry and drama, Literature on Film and Shakespeare in Performance on both the stage and in film. She is currently working on a project about the representation of authors – William Shakespeare and Jane Austen – in contemporary fiction and on film. She has successfully supervised research students at both MA and PhD level in the areas of Jacobean drama and Renaissance poetry.