David Scott Kastan

George M. Bodman Professor of English

Address: LC 308
Phone: 203-432-2242
Email: david.kastan@yale.edu
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On leave Spring 2014

Ph.D., University of Chicago
B.A., Princeton University

Although I teach broadly across the field of Renaissance literature, my primary intellectual concern is with the relations of literature and history in early modern England, considered from a variety of perspectives. Increasingly this interest has focused on the production, transmission, and reception of texts (a focus that I like to think of as "the new boredom"). I am one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare, for which I edited 1 Henry IV, and I have edited Milton's Paradise Lost and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus  (A and B text) for other publishers. Among my publications are Shakespeare after Theory and Shakespeare and the Book. A new book, A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion was published early in 2014 by Oxford University Press.  I am presently working on two new projects: a book with the painter Stephen Farthing, entitled Living Color: A History to be published by Yale, and a history of the book in 15 micro-histories to be called Book Cases for Princeton University Press.


--A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion. OUP, 2014

--Remembering Shakespeare (with Kathryn James), Yale Univ. Press, 2012 

--Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, (ed.), OUP, 2006

--John Milton, Paradise Lost, (ed.), Hackett, 2005

--Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus (A and B texts), (ed.), Norton, 2005

--William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV, (ed.), Arden edition, 2002

--Shakespeare and the Book, CUP, 2001

--Shakespeare after Theory, Routledge, 1999

--A Companion to Shakespeare (ed.), Blackwell, 1999

--A New History of Early English Drama (ed., with John Cox), Columbia, 1997