Romance on the Early Modern Stage: English Expansion before and after Shakespeare (Palgrave-Macmillan 2013) What is dramatic romance? Scholars have long turned to Shakespeare’s biography to answer this question, marking his “late plays” as the beginning and end of the dramatic romance. Romance on the Early Modern Stage identifies an earlier and more persuasive history for this important genre. This account reveals how stage romances imaginatively expanded audience interest in England’s emerging global economy from the earliest years of the commercial theater in London.
The Shakespeare Folios Project This project aims to create a comprehensive digital census of the three editions of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies (commonly known as the Folios) that were published subsequent to the more famous 1623 First Folio. That volume, the subject two major censuses over the past 100 years, has been thoroughly researched and catalogued, most recently in Eric Rasmussen and Anthony West’s magisterial The Shakespeare First Folios (2012). But the Second, Third, and Fourth Folios remain without a similarly authoritative catalog. The projected database will be constructed using collaborative digital tools and will accompany a rich web resource for the study of Shakespeare’s early collected works.
Storied Objects: A Material History of New Paltz In conjunction with my honors seminar for the spring 2013 semester, I directed a study of New Paltz history as told through objects and created this digital exhibition of our work. Students in the seminar performed research on materials in local archives. The project was carried out in collaboration with Historic Huguenot Street, the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, Sojourner Truth Library’s Special Collections, Hudson Valley River Heritage, and Prof. Joe Diamond of the SUNY New Paltz Anthropology Department.
Shakespeare Uncatalogued This projected book-length study will investigate how Shakespeare’s plays, characters, and poems have been categorized, labeled, and “catalogued” through history by libraries, booksellers, and critics. These practices, largely ignored by literary critics, have had a wide-ranging influence on the reception of Shakespeare’s plays through time. A piece of this project, “Making History in Q Henry V,” appeared in the September 2013 issue of English Literary Renaissance.
Shakespeare 400 A curated and annotated list of resources created in and around 2016 to commemorate Shakespeare’s 4ooth “deathiversary,” this project was a collaboration with my Spring 2016 graduate-level Shakespeare seminar.