Janice Wardle

Principal Lecturer in English Literature/Academic Team Leader

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH208

+44 (0) 1772 89 3034


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.

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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.

  • BA (Hons) English and American Literature, University of Warwick
  • MA English and American Literature, University of Warwick
  • MPhil (CNAA) Sunderland Polytechnic
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



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


Conference Papers:

  • 2016      ‘Shakespeare and Blackpool:  RSC A Midsummer  Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation (2016)? ‘ University of   Northumbria, ‘Shakespeare and the North’ Conference, June 2016.
  • 2016      ‘“They will have to go back” – Time and the  Henrys – RSC Henry V in cinema and on stage.’  Sheffield Hallam, Symposium on ‘Adaptation’.  March 2016.
  • 2015        ‘Austenland and narrative tensions in Austen’s biopics.’ De Montfort University, ‘Biopic Adaptations’, March 2015.
  • 2015      ‘Fit in its place and time’? (LLL.1.1.98) – a comparison of performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (2014-15) in the theatre and, as a RSC Live broadcast, in cinemas.’  Sheffield Hallam, Symposium, March 2015.
  • 2014      ‘“Lyke as a ship that through the Ocean wyde”  – images of travel, risk and   jeopardy in the poetry of Wyatt,  Spenser and Donne’.  Sheffield Hallam ‘Spiritual and Material  Renaissances’. July, 2014.
  • 2014      ‘Outside Broadcast’: looking backwards and forwards, live theatre in the cinema — NT Live and RSC Live.’  ‘From Theatre to Screen—and Back Again!’ Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, February 2014

Research Activities

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.

Teaching Activities

  • Module Leader for EN1217 Introduction to Renaissance Literature and EN3028 Literature and Film.
  • Academic Team Leader for the subjects: English Literature, Creative Writing and Film & Media.