Dr. N.T. (Nadia) van Pelt

  • Lecturer
  • Late medieval
  • Tudor and Early Stuart drama and ritual
  • 16th century diplomacy
  • Spectatorship and theatricality
  • Middle English language and culture
  • 14th century alliterative poetry

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2790
E-Mail: n.t.van.pelt@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Oude Britse letterkunde
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.01a

Fields of interest

  • Late medieval and early modern drama and ritual
  • Tudor diplomacy
  • Middle English language and culture


I was awarded my PhD from the English Department at the University of Southampton in 2014. The title of my thesis was: Play-making on the Edge of Reality: Managing Spectator Risk in Early English Drama (supervisor: Prof. John J. McGavin, promotors: Prof. Greg Walker and Dr. Alice Hunt). I am currently preparing a monograph on late medieval and early modern drama.

Curriculum vitae

Since 2014: Lecturer in British Literature, English Department, University of Leiden
Since 2014: Honorary Fellow, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
2010 - 2013: PhD Candidate, University of Southampton (Viva voce on 7 January 2014)
2008 - 2010: MPhil Literature: Medieval to Early Modern Studies, University of Leiden
2009 (1 semester): Academic Exchange, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney
2005 - 2008: BA English Language and Culture, University of Leiden
2007 - 2008: Harting Scholarship, English, University of Southampton

Teaching activities

I am currently teaching:

  • Literature 2: English Literature, ca. 1550-1700 (BA English, year 1)
  • Literature 4 B: Nineteenth-Century British Literature (BA English, year 2)

I have also taught the following courses at Leiden:

  • 'Unattempted Yet in Prose or Rhyme': Paradise Lost in Context (MA English Literature and Culture)
  • Literature 1A: Introduction to Literary Studies (BA English, year 1)
  • Literature 3B: Eighteenth-Century British Literature (BA English, year 2)
  • Academic Writing/ Current Issues (BA International Studies, year 1)

At the University of Southampton I have been involved in the following courses:

  • Medieval to Early Modern Drama (BA English, year 3)
  • Language, Text and Culture in the Early Middle Ages (Old English)(BA English, year 1)
  • Humanities Academic Skills (BA Humanities, year 1)

Key publications

For articles and reviews, see tab ‘published work’

Conference presentations and invited lectures

Pelt N.T. van (2015, 28 March), '''A daring and remarkable interpretation of a part of the Apocalypse'': Henry VIII's spectator experience and performance (June 1535).' Paradigms Lost: Medieval English Theatre annual conference, University of Southampton

Pelt N.T. van (2014, 14 July), 'Managing Spectator Experience and the Performative Space in Early English Drama.' Society for Renaissance Studies 6th biennial Conference, University of Southampton

Pelt N.T. van (2014, 17 April), 'Anne of Denmark in Wells: Performing female contribution to the dramatic form.' Radboud University Nijmegen, invited lecture for Shakespeare's Sisters: Early Modern Women's Writing

Pelt N.T. van (2013, 7 February), ‚Spielen mit der Wirklichkeit: Abwägen von Risiko und Verantwortung des Publikums im englishen Drama der frühen Neuzeit.‘ Das Theater des Spätmittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit: Kulturelle Verhandlungen in einer Zeit des Wandels, German Department, University of Amsterdam

Pelt N.T. van (2012, 11 July), ‘Spectatorial Risk, Metatheatre, and Zombies.’ Paper in panel session “Performers, Spectators, and Ethics” with Prof John McGavin and Prof Greg Walker. International Medieval Congress, Leeds

Pelt N.T. van (2012, 20 April), ‘Enter Queen: Metatheatricality and the Monarch On/Off Stage.’ Kings and Queens: Power, Patronage, Personalities and Politics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Bath Spa University, Corsham Court

Pelt N.T. van (2012, 1-2 March), ‘Balancing Spectatorial Risk in John Heywood’s Play of the Wether.’ Writing the Lives of People and Things, AD 500-1700, Chawton House Library, Alton, Hampshire

Pelt N.T. van (2012, 16 January), ‘He Holes yt Not Within a Yard’: Slandering the Neighbours through Performance.’ Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture Research Day: Law, Culture and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, University of Southampton

Pelt N.T. van (2011, 23 December), ‘And Thinke my Holinge Game the Best’: Theatrical Awareness and Spectatorial Risk in Wells.’ Annual Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, University of Leiden

Pelt N.T. van (2011, 17 May), ‘What’s Wrong with Metatheatricality?’ Memory and Myth, University of Southampton Postgraduate Conference, School of Humanities

Pelt N.T. van (2009, 15 November), ‘Plague in England: the Three Living and the Three Dead.’ Research Report Day, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney


Project: 'Teens and Tudors: Performing Heywood’s Play of the Weather (1533) in the classroom context'

Experimental project in which 5th form VWO students reconstruct a play that was originally performed by teenagers at the court of Henry VIII. Host school: Gymnasium Sorghvliet, The Hague. The outcomes of this project have been published in: Pelt, N.T. van (2014), Teens and Tudors: the pedagogy of royal studies. Royal Studies Journal 1, pp. 37-50. 

Last Modified: 10-12-2015