Initiatives organized by the Shakespeare and Performance Research Team have fostered numerous scholarly articles and book-length studies. The list of primary publications to date is as follows:


The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News, Stephen Wittek (University of Michigan Press, 2015)

The Media Players builds a case for the central, formative function of Shakespeare’s theater in the news culture of early modern England. In an analysis that combines historical research with recent developments in public sphere theory, Dr. Stephen Wittek argues that the unique discursive space created by commercial theater helped to foster the conceptual framework that made news possible.

Dr. Wittek’s analysis focuses on the years between 1590 and 1630, an era of extraordinary advances in English news culture that begins with the first instance of serialized news in England and ends with the emergence of news as a regular, permanent fixture of the marketplace. Notably, this period of expansion in news culture coincided with a correspondingly extraordinary era of theatrical production and innovation, an era that marks the beginning of commercial theater in London, and has left us with the plays of William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Thomas Middleton.


worldofwordsShakespeare’s World of Words, ed. Paul Yachnin, (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Was Shakespeare really the original genius he has appeared to be since the eighteenth century, a poet whose words came from nature itself? The contributors to this volume propose that Shakespeare was not the poet of nature, but rather that he is a genius of rewriting and re-creation, someone able to generate a new language and new ways of seeing the world by orchestrating existing social and literary vocabularies. Each chapter in the volume begins with a key word or phrase from Shakespeare and builds toward a broader consideration of the social, poetic, and theatrical dimensions of his language.


sh-in-qc-2Shakespeare in Québec, Jennifer Drouin, (University of Toronto Press, 2014).

Jennifer Drouin analyses representations of nation and gender in Shakespearean adaptations written in Québec since the Quiet Revolution. Using postcolonial and gender theory, Drouin traces the evolution of discourses of nation and gender in Québec from the Conquest of New France to the present, and she elaborates a theory of adaptation specific to Shakespeare studies.




moralagencyShakespeare and Moral Agency, ed. Michael Bristol, (Continuum, 2010).

This volume presents a collection of new essays by literary scholars and philosophers considering character and action in Shakespeare’s plays as heuristic models for the exploration of some salient problems in the field of moral inquiry. Together they offer a unified presentation of an emerging orientation in Shakespeare studies, drawing on recent work in ethics, philosophy of mind, and analytic aesthetics to construct a powerful framework for the critical analysis of Shakespeare’s works. 



certain-w-2A Certain William, ed. Leanore Lieblein (Playwrights Canada Press, 2010)

A Certain William is a collection of plays in English translation by some of Francophone Canada’s most distinguished playwrights. Chronicling their fraught and changing relationship with Shakespeare, these plays emerge from a context in which language is tied to both personal and political identity.





sh-and-characterShakespeare and Character, eds. Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Shakespeare and Character brings together leading scholars in theory, literary criticism, and performance studies in order to redress a serious gap in Shakespeare studies and to put character back at the centre of our understanding of Shakespeare’s achievement as an artist and thinker.





sound-of-shThe Sound of Shakespeare, Wes Folkerth (Routledge, 2002).

The ‘Sound of Shakespeare’ reveals the surprising extent to which Shakespeare’s art is informed by the various attitudes, beliefs, practices and discourses that pertained to sound and hearing in his culture. In this engaging study, Wes Folkerth develops listening as a critical practice, attending to the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays express their author’s awareness of early modern associations between sound and particular forms of ethical and aesthetic experience.




sh -mod-2Shakespeare and Modern Theatre: The Performance of Modernity, ed. Michael Bristol and Kathleen McLuskie, with Chris Holmes (Routledge, 2001).

The essays in this volume explore the institutional practices that shape contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s plays.







textual-and-theatricalTextual and Theatrical Shakespeare: Questions of Evidence, ed. Edward Pechter (University of Iowa Press, 1996).

Shakespeare commentary and performance today present us with a multiplicity of interpretations constructed and reconstructed from such diverse origins that the underlying evidence has become hidden by layers of reconceptualized meanings. What can or should count as evidence for the claims made by scholars and performers, and how should this evidence be organized? In Textual and Theatrical Shakespeare ten essayists answer these stimulating questions by exploring the possibilities for and the constraints upon useful communication among critics who come to Shakespeare from so many different directions.


Book chapters by faculty, postdoc, and student team members related to Shakespeare Team projects (1996-2004)

Gefen Bar-On Santor, “Looking for ‘Newtonian’ Laws in Shakespeare: The Mystifying Case of Hamlet,” in Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century, ed. Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).

André G. Bourassa, “Personnage: History, Philology, Performance,” in Shakespeare and Character.

Michael Bristol and Sara Coodin, “Well-Won Thrift,” in Shakespeare’s World of Words.

Michael Bristol, “Confusing Shakespeare’s Characters with Real People: Reflections on Reading in Four Questions,” in Shakespeare and Character.

Michael Bristol, “How Good Does Evidence Have to Be?” in Textual and Theatrical Shakespeare.

Amanda Cockburn, “Awful Pomp and Endless Diversity: The Sublime Sir John Falstaff,” in Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century.

Sara Coodin, “What’s Virtue Ethics Got to Do with It? Shakespearean Character as Moral Character,” in Shakespeare and Moral Agency, ed. Michael D. Bristol (London: Continuum, 2010).

Meredith Evans, “To Have and to Hold: Reading Comprehension in Shakespeare,” in Shakespeare’s World of Words.

Leanore Lieblein, “Embodied Intersubjectivity and the Creation of Early Modern Character,” in Shakespeare and Character.

Leanore Lieblein, “Theatre Archives at the Intersection of Production and Reception: The Example of Quebecois Shakespeare,” in Textual and Theatrical Shakespeare.

Leanore Lieblein and Patrick Neilson.  “Alfred Pellan, Twelfth Night, and the Modernist Shakespeare” in  Shakespeare and the Visual Arts.  Shakespeare Yearbook, XI. (2000): 389-422.

John Ripley, “Coriolanus as Tory Propaganda,” in Textual and Theatrical Shakespeare.

Catherine M. Shaw, “Edwin Booth’s Richard II and the Divided Nation,” in Textual and Theatrical Shakespeare/

J. A. Shea, “Recasting ‘Angling’ in The Winter’s Tale,” in Shakespeare’s World of Words.

J. A. Shea and Paul Yachnin, “The Well-Hung Shrew,” in Ecocritical Shakespeare, ed. Lynne Bruckner and Dan Brayton (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011).

Keira Travis, “Wordplay and the Ethics of Self-Deception in Shakespeare’s Tragedies,” in Shakespeare and Moral Agency, ed. Michael D. Bristol (London: Continuum, 2010).

Sarah Werner, “Women’s work and the performance of Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company,” in Shakespeare and Modern Theatre: The Performance of Modernity.

Paul Yachnin, “Looking for Richard II,” in Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century, ed. Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin (London: Ashgate, 2008).

Paul Yachnin, “Shakespeare’s Public Animals,” in Humankinds: The Renaissance and its Anthropologies, ed. Andreas Höfele and Stephan Laqué (Berlin, New York: De Gruyter, 2011).

Paul Yachnin, “Sheepishness in The Winter’s Tale,” in How to do Things with Shakespeare, ed. Laurie Maguire (London: Blackwell, 2008).

Paul Yachnin and Myrna Wyatt Selkirk, “Metatheater and the Performance of Character in The Winter’s Tale,” in Shakespeare and Character.

Paul Yachnin and Patrick Neilson, “Slips of Wilderness: Verbal and Gestural Language in Measure for Measure,” in Shakespeare’s World of Words.