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 Shakespeare’s World of Words (Bloomsbury, 2014) 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.


Shakespeare and Character (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) 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.

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Shakespeare and Modern Theatre: The Performance of Modernity (Routledge, 2001) presents a collection of essays exploring the institutional practices that shape contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s plays.