Lawrence Manley

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William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of English

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1971

Lawrence Manley’s fields of interest include the poetry, prose, and drama of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain, with 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) and The Cambridge Companion to London in English Literature (2011). He has contributed to The Cambridge History of Literary CriticismThe Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature, the Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama, and The Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia.  His book with Sally-Beth MacLean, Lord Strange’s Men and Their Plays (2014), was awarded the Phylliis Goodhart Gordan Prize by the Renaissance Society of America.  Current subjects of research include Erasmus and More on war and peace, the manuscript of A tradegie called Oedipus,  the great hall screen at Lathom, Lancashire, and Shakespeare’s love duets.

Selected Publications

- (With Sally-Beth MacLean) Lord Strange’s Men and Their Plays (Yale University Press, 2014)

- “Lost Plays of Lord Strange’s Men,” in David McInnis and Matthew Steggle, eds., Lost Plays in Early Modern England (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)

- “‘Heere will be a Masque’: The First Masque in the New Banqueting House, Whitehall, Winter 1621/22,” in Emerging Empires: Muscovy and England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, (Proceedings of the Moscow Foreign Language Institute, 2014)

- “Popular Culture in Early Modern London,” in Andrew Hadfield, Matthew Dimmock and Abigail Shinn, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2014)

- “Talbot’s Epitaph and the Date of 1 Henry VI,” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in  England, 26 (2013)

- “Shakespeare and the Golden Fleece,” in Ellen Rosand, ed., Readying Cavalli’s Operas for the Stage (Ashgate, 2013)

- “In Great Men’s Houses: Playing, Patronage, and the Performance of Tudor History,” in Ann Baines Coiro and Thomas Fulton, eds., Rethinking Historicism (Cambridge  University Press, 2012)


Undergraduate: Major English Poets; Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances; Shakespeare’s Poems; Renaissance Lyric Poetry; Literature of the Renaissance; Versions of Shakespeare’s Tempest

Graduate: Introduction to Renaissance Studies; History and Historical Drama in the Age of Shakespeare; Jacobean Shakespeare