Dr. Penny McCarthy’s research field is sixteenth– and seventeenth-century English poetry. Her first degree, from Oxford University, was in Classics, which she taught in secondary schools for many years. She took her M.A. in Renaissance Studies at Sussex University, and subsequently received her D.Phil. in English, also from Sussex. She has been an honorary research fellow at Glasgow University, and is now an independent scholar. She is the author of Pseudonymous Shakespeare (Ashgate, 2006) and numerous articles in academic journals, one of which won the Monroe Kirk Spears Award from Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 for the best essay of the year 2000.
2015 1-4955-0303-8 A new interpretation that challenges widely accepted beliefs about Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The cast of characters increase as this study advances the procreation theme. The author deems it essential to our understanding of the Sonnets to try to re-imagine the situations behind the poems and explores the plausibility and potential of a ‘realist’ approach, while maintaining scholarly skepticism where appropriate, in order to advance the autobiographical “plot” behind the Sonnets.