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about me . . .

I AM Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Centre for Textual Studies (CTS) at De Montfort University. I co-edit the academic journals Theatre Notebook (for the Society for Theatre Research) and Shakespeare (for the British Shakespeare Association and Routledge).

I was from 2011 to 2013 the Principal Investigator (with Prof Andrew Gurr as Co-Investigator) on the £415,000 AHRC-funded project "Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT)".

Right now I am co-editing Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the New Variorum Shakespeare series (New York: Modern Language Association, 2019), editing (with Gary Taylor) a collection of essays called Shakespearian Authorship: A Companion to the New Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) and completing a monograph called Shakespeare and Ecocritical Theory for the Arden Shakespeare series (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).

My most recent book is The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text: Twentieth Century Editorial Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2010). My previous books are the Edinburgh Critical Guide to Shakespeare (2007),  Green Shakespeare (2006), Shakespeare and Marx (2004; reprinted in Turkish as Shakespeare ve Marx 2006), and an edition of Richard Brome and Thomas Heywood's The Witches of Lancashire (2002).  These are available from bookshops or (by those links) directly from their publishers.

what? where? is a cheat-sheet showing the conventions for advanced searching on 7 large electronic databases for early modern literary research

NSDD is the non-Shakespearian Drama Database, a collaborative project to collate and distribute without charge basic information about all the professional drama written for the London stage 1567-1642.

SHAXICAN is a collaborative project to test Donald Foster's theories--allegedly embodied in his never-revealed SHAXICON database--about Shakespeare's rare-word usage being influenced by the vocabulary of the acting parts he took in his own plays. Now that Foster has been revealed as a charlatan, this project is moribund.

publications lists my research outputs (including my PhD thesis on the original staging of The Winter's Tale and Cymbeline) and, where possible, gives full-text copies of them.

teaching holds some snippets for undergraduate, post-graduate, and research students.

virtual printing press is a project to build a replica of the Smithsonian's Benjamin Franklin wooden handpress

music contains pictures of and recordings by Cold Structure and The Idol Rich / House of Cards