David Kastan

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George M. Bodman Professor of English

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

Although I teach broadly across the field of Renaissance literature, my primary academic 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 edited Milton’s Paradise Lost and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus  (A and B text) for other publishers. I was the co-editor of the Bantam Shakespeare, and was the series editor for the Barnes and Noble Shakespeare. In addition, I edited The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, and also (with John Cox), A New History of Early English Drama and (with Peter Stallybrass) Staging the Renaissance. 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. My most recent book, entitled On Color, written with the painter Stephen Farthing, was published by Yale University Press in 2018. I am now completing Book Cases: Object Lessons in the History of the Book to be published by Princeton University Press, and am beginning a new book called (perhaps) Why Does Shakespeare Matter?

Selected Publications

- 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