Tuesday 30 July 2013

Reading list for ENGL20372 Shakespeare: Genre, Text and Performance

ENGL20372 Shakespeare: Genre, Text and Performance (2013-14)

Preliminary Bibliography



Set plays

The set plays are: Titus Andronicus: Hamlet: Richard II: Henry IV Part I: Midsummer Night’s Dream: Merchant of Venice: Twelfth Night: Antony and Cleopatra: Measure for Measure: The Winter’s Tale.

Please also ensure that you also read a few other plays by Shakespeare (and / or his contemporaries) in advance of the course. You will find some context useful, and should look to develop an in-depth understanding and knowledge of Shakespeare’s entire canon.

Read the texts in a good edition with line numbers, textual apparatus and an introduction, and bring your copy to classes.

The new Macmillan RSC texts have good material on performance as well as critical approaches. The New Arden, Cambridge or Oxford editions of single texts are otherwise the best. A good complete works, if you wish to buy one of these, is the Oxford version edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor; the Norton edition, editor Stephen Greenblatt, is also useful. But you will get more detailed context, footnotes and the like from individual editions.


Secondary reading



A.R. Braunmuller and Michael Hattaway, eds. The Cambridge Companion to English

            Renaissance Drama (1990)
Conal Condren, David Armitage and Andrew Fitzmaurice, Shakespeare and Early Modern

            Political Thought (2009)

John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan, eds. A New History of Early English Drama (1997)
Margreta de Grazia and Stanley Wells (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (2001)

Ewan Fernie, Reconceiving the Renaissance (2005)

Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespearean Negotiations (1990)

Andrew Hadfield, Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics (2004)

R. A. Foakes, Shakespeare and Violence (2003)

Lisa Jardine, Reading Shakespeare Historically (1996)
David Scott Kastan (ed.), A Companion to Shakespeare (1999)

Frank Kermode, Shakespeare’s Language (2001)

Russ McDonald, Shakespeare and the Arts of Language (2001)

Sean McEvoy, Shakespeare: the Basics (2000)

Robert S. Miola, Shakespeare’s Reading (2000)

Catherine Richardson, Shakespeare and Material Culture (2011)

Anne Righter, Shakespeare and the Idea of the Play (1962)

Martin Wiggins, Shakespeare and the Drama of his Time (2000)


Shakespeare’s Lives (and afterlives)


Jonathan Bate, The Soul of the Age: the Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare (2009)

Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare (2005)

Germaine Greer, Shakespeare’s Wife (2008)

E. A. J. Honigmann, Shakespeare: the Lost Years (1985)

Charles Nicoll, The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street (2008)

Lois Potter, The Life of William Shakespeare: a Critical Biography (2012)

Samuel Schoenbaum, Shakespeare’s Lives (1991)

Samuel Schoenbaum, William Shakespeare: a Compact Documentary Life (1992)

James Shapiro, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2006)

James Shapiro, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010)

Stanley Wells, Shakespeare: a Life in Drama (1995)

Michael Wood, In Search of Shakespeare (2005)


Shakespeare’s England


Susan Brigden, New Worlds, Lost Worlds: the Rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603 (2000)

David Cressy, Literacy and the Social Order: Reading and Writing in Tudor and Stuart

            England (1980)

Adam Fox, Oral and Literate Culture in England, 1500-1700 (2000)

Michael Hattaway, ‘Drama and Society’ (A.R. Braunmuller and Michael Hattaway, eds., The

            Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama, 1990), pp. 91-126.

Jean E. Howard, The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England (1994)

Mark Kishlansky, A Monarchy Transformed: Britain 1603-1714 (1996)

James A. Sharpe, Early Modern England: a Social History, 1550-1760 (1987)

Keith Wrightson, English Society, 1580-1680 (1982)



The Shakespeare myth


Michael D. Bristol, ‘Shakespeare: the Myth’ (David Scott Kastan ed., A Companion to

            Shakespeare, 1999), pp. 489-502.

Graham Holderness, ‘Bardolatry; or, The cultural materialist’s guide to Stratford-upon-

            Avon’ (Graham Holderness ed., The Shakespeare Myth, 1988)

Terence Hawkes, That Shakesspeherian Rag (London: Methuen, 1986)


The early modern theatre


John Astington, Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time: the Art of Stage Playing (2010)

Pamela Allen Brown and Peter Parolin eds., Women Players in England, 1500-1660 (2005)

Janette Dillon, Theatre, Court and City, 1595-1610: Drama and Social Space in London (2000)

R. A. Foakes, ‘Playhouses and Players’ (A.R. Braunmuller and Michael Hattaway, eds., The

            Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama, 1990), pp. 1-52.

Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642 (2nd ed., 1980)

Andrew Gurr, Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London (1987)

Andrew Gurr, Staging in Shakespeare’s Theatre (2000)

Andrew Gurr, The Shakespeare Company, 1594-1642 (2004)

Robert I. Lublin, Costuming the Shakespearean Stage: Visual Codes of Representation in

            Early Modern Theatre and Culture (2011)

Jean Wilson, The Archaeology of Shakespeare (1995)


Shakespeare: text.  Plays from stage to page


Douglas A. Brooks, From Playhouse to Printing House: Drama and Authorship in Early

            Modern England (2000)

Douglas Bruster, Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare (1992)

Janet Clare, ‘Art made tongue-tied by Authority’: Elizabethan and Jacobean Dramatic

            Censorship (1990)

Margreta de Grazia and Peter Stallybrass, ‘The Materiality of the Shakespearean Text’

            (Shakespeare Quarterly 44:3, 1993), pp.255-84.

John Jowett, Shakespeare and Text (2007)

Zachary Lesser, Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Publication (2004)
Andrew Murphy, Shakespeare in Print (2003)

Andrew Murphy, A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text (2007)

A.  W. Pollard, Shakespeare’s Fight with the Pirates and the Problems of the Transmission of his Texts (2nd edition, 1920)

Tiffany Stern, Making Shakespeare: From Stage to Page (2004)

Robert Weimann, Shakespeare and the Power of Performance: Stage and Page in the

Elizabethan Theatre (2008)

Adaptation and appropriation


Kate Chedgzoy, Shakespeare’s Queer Children: Sexual Politics and Contemporary Culture


Sarah Hatchuel, Shakespeare, from Stage to Screen (2004)

Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation (2006)

Margaret Jane Kidnie, Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation (2008)

L. Monique Pittman, Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television: Gender, Class and

Ethnicity in Adaptation (2011)

Julie Sanders, Adaptation and Appropriation (2005)

Julie Sanders, Novel Shakespeares (2001)

Robert Sawyer and Christy Desmet, Shakespeare and Appropriation (1999)

Robert Shaughnessy ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture





Manchester University Press’s Shakespeare in Performance series or Cambridge University Press’s Shakespeare in Production series are useful; the Macmillan RSC editions include useful brief performance histories and discussions of performance issues.


Roberta Barker, Early Modern Tragedy, Gender and Performance, 1980-2000 (2007)

Douglas Brode, Shakespeare in the Movies: From the Silent Era to Shakespeare in Love


John Russell Brown, William Shakespeare: Writing for Performance (1996)

John Russell Brown, Studying Shakespeare in Performance (2011)

Samuel Crowl, Shakespeare at the Cineplex: the Kenneth Branagh Era (2003)

Alan C. Dessen, Elizabethan Stage Directions and Modern Interpreters (1984)

Michael Dobson ed., Performing Shakespeare’s Tragedies Today: the Actor’s Perspective


Diana E. Henderson, A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen (2006)

Peter Holland (ed.), Shakespeare, Memory and Performance (2006)

Russell Jackson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film (2000)

David Scott Kastan and Peter Stallybrass, eds. Staging the Renaissance: Reinterpretations

            of Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (1992)

K.S. Rothwell, A History of Shakespeare on Screen (1999)
Robert Shaughnessy ed., New Casebooks: Shakespeare on Film (1998)

Robert Shaughnessy and Michael Bristol eds., New Casebooks: Shakespeare in Performance


Robert Weimann, Author's Pen And Actor's Voice (2000)

Stanley Wells and Sarah Stanton eds., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage


James Michael Welsh, Shakespeare into Film (2002)

William B. Worthen and Barbara Hodgdon eds., A Companion to Shakespeare and

Performance (2005)

Ramona Wray and Mark Thornton Burnett, Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-first

Century (2006)


Genre and Genres


Catherine M. S. Alexander, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Last Plays (2009)

C. L. Barber, Shakespeare's Festive Comedy (1959)
Simon Barker ed., New Casebooks: Shakespeare’s Problem Plays (2005)

Dermot Cavanagh, Stephen Longstaffe and Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Shakespeare’s Histories

and Counter-histories (2006)

Warren Chernaik, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s History Plays (2007)

Laurence Danson, Shakespeare's Dramatic Genres (2000)

Richard Dutton and Jean E. Howard eds., A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works Vol. 1: The

            Tragedies (2005)

Richard Dutton and Jean E. Howard eds., A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works Vol. 2: The

            Histories (2005)

Richard Dutton and Jean E. Howard eds., A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works Vol.3: The

Comedies (2005)

Northrop Frye, A Natural Perspective: the Development of Shakespearean Comedy and

            Romance (1965)

Penny Gay, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies (2008)

Michael Hattaway ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays (2002) Barbara Hodgdon, The End Crowns All: Closure and Contradiction in Shakespeare's

            History (1991)
Jean E. Howard and Phyllis Rackin, Engendering a Nation: a Feminist Account of

            Shakespeare's English Histories (1997)
Coppélia Kahn, Roman Shakespeare (1997)
Alexander Leggatt, Shakespeare's Comedy of Love (1974)
Alexander Leggatt, Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy (1999)

Alexander Leggatt ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearian Comedy (2002)

Clare McEachern ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy (2002)

Gordon McMullan, The Politics of Tragicomedy: Shakespeare and After (1991)

R. W. Maslen, Shakespeare and Comedy (2005)

Robert S. Miola, Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy: The Influence of Seneca


Simon Palfrey, Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words (1997)

Leonard Tennenhouse, Power on Display: the Politics of Shakespeare's Genres (1986)


Gender in Shakespeare’s England and on Shakespeare’s Stage


Mark Breitenberg, Anxious Masculinity in Early Modern England (1996)
Dympna Callaghan, Shakespeare without Women: Representing Gender and Race on the

            Renaissance Stage (2000)

Dympna Callaghan ed., A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare (2000)
Amanda Capern, The Historical Study of Women: England, 1500-1700 (2008)

Kate Chegdzoy ed., New Casebooks: Shakespeare, Feminism and Gender (2001)

Will Fisher, ‘The Renaissance Beard: Masculinity in Early Modern England’ (Renaissance

            Quarterly, March 2001)

Anthony Fletcher, Gender, Sex and Subordination in England 1500 -1800 (1995)

Lisa Jardine, Still harping on daughters: Women and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare


Coppélia Kahn, Man's Estate: Masculinity Identity in Shakespeare (1981)
Laura Levine, Men in Women’s Clothing: Antitheatricality and Effeminization, 1579-1642


Sara Mendelson and Patricia Crawford, Women in Early Modern England (1998)

Stephen Orgel, Impersonations: the Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England (1996)

Phyllis Rackin, Shakespeare and Women (2005)

Michael Shapiro, Gender in Play on the Shakespearean Stage: Boy Heroines and Female

            Pages (1994)
Alexandra Shepard, Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England (2003)

Bruce R. Smith, Shakespeare and Masculinity (2000)

Lawrence Stone, The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800 (1977)


Early modern sexualities

Catherine M. A. Alexander and Stanley Wells, Shakespeare and Sexuality (2001)

Rebecca Ann Bach, Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature before Heterosexuality


Alan Bray, Homosexuality in Renaissance England (1995)

Jonathan Goldberg, Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities (1992)

Jean E. Howard, ‘Crossdressing, the theatre and gender struggle in early modern England’

            (Shakespeare Quarterly, Winter 1988)

Bruce Smith, Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England (1991)

Valerie Traub, The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England (2002)

Stanley Wells, Shakespeare, Sex and Love (2010)


Race and postcolonialism


Catherine M.S. Alexander and Stanley Wells, eds. Shakespeare and Race (2000)
Geraldo U. de Sousa, Shakespeare's Cross-Cultural Encounters (2nd ed., 2002)
Stephen Greenblatt, Learning to Curse (1992)

Ania Loomba and Martin Orkin (eds.), Postcolonial Shakespeare (1998)

Ania Loomba, Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama (1992)
Ania Loomba, Shakespeare, Race and Colonialism (2002)

James Shapiro, Shakespeare and the Jews (1997)

Martin D. Yaffe, Shylock and the Jewish Question (1997)




Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield, Political Shakespeare (1985)

Jonathan Gil Harris, Shakespeare and Literary Theory (2010)

David Scott Kastan, Shakespeare after Theory (1999)                         

Patricia Parker and Geoffrey Hartman (eds.), Shakespeare and the Question of Theory


Alan Sinfield, Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading


Brian Vickers, Appropriating Shakespeare: Contemporary Critical Quarrels (1993)


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