Jonathan Holmes

PhD Student, English
Graduate Students

Jonathan's research focuses on early modern drama and poetics, and he is especially interested in the peculiar interactions of character and narrative within Renaissance drama. For example, my recent work on Shakespeare's Pericles includes investigating the ways in which the narrative seems to define the titular protagonist. A modern audience typically expects a protagonist's decisions to shape the direction of a narrative; however, Pericles's choices have little effect on the events of play. Instead, in an unusual move for drama, the play conveys a sense of patient endurance through its presentation of moral situations rather than the more conventional combination of pathos and ethos that we expect from Shakespearian soliloquies.