Lawrence Manley

William R Kenan Jr Professor of English

Address: LC 309
Phone: 203-432-2249
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On leave Fall 2014

Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Harvard University, 1977
B.A., English Literature, Dartmouth College, 1971

Lawrence Manley's fields of interest include the poetry, prose, and drama of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain, with a particular emphasis on literature and society, theater history and performance studies, intellectual history, and the classical foundations of the English literary and critical traditions. He is the author of Literature and Culture in Early Modern London (1995) and Convention, 1500-1750 (1980), and the editor of London in the Age of Shakespeare: An Anthology (1986). He has contributed to The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature, the Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama, and the forthcoming Shakespeare Encyclopedia.  His current projects include The Cambridge Companion to London in English Literature and a book (with Sally-Beth MacLean) on Lord Strange’s Men and their plays.


--“Elizabethan Theatre,” in Susan Doran and Norman Jones, eds., The Elizabethan World (Routledge, 2010)

--“Motives for Patronage: The Queen’s Men at New Park, October 1588,” in Helen Ostovich, Helger Schott Syme, and Andrew Griffin, eds. Locating the Queen’s Men, 1583-1603: Material Practices and Conditions of Playing (Ashgate, 2009)

--“A Question of Morality,” an Afterword to Amanda Bailey and Roze Henstchell, eds., Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650 (Palgrave, 2010)

--“Why Did London Inns Function as Theaters?” in Jean Howard and Deborah Harkness, eds., Spaces and Places of Early Modern London, special issue of Huntington Library Quarterly, 71 (2008)

“Dryden’s London,” in John Dryden (1631-1700). His Politics, His Plays, and His Poets, ed. Claude Rawson and Aaron Santesso (University of Delaware Press, 2004)

--“From Strange’s Men to Pembroke’s Men: 2 Henry VI and The First Part of the Contention,” Shakespeare Quarterly, 54:3 (2003)

--“Playing with Fire: Immolation and the Repertory of Strange’s Men,” Early Theatre, 4 (2001)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Major English Poets; Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies; Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances; Shakespeare’s Poems; Renaissance Lyric Poetry

GRADUATE COURSES: Introduction to Renaissance Studies; Shakespeare and the Comedy of Evil; History and Historical Drama in the Age of Shakespeare; Jacobean Shakespeare