David Kastan

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George M. Bodman Professor of English
63 High St, New Haven, CT 06511-6642
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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. I co-edited the Bantam Shakespeare, and was the series editor for the Barnes and Noble Shakespeare. Among my scholarly publications are Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time, Shakespeare after Theory, Shakespeare and the Book, and A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion. A new book, entitled On Color, written with the painter Stephen Farthing, will be published by Yale University Press later this year, and I am now working on a history of the book in 15 micro-histories, to be called Book Cases and published by 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