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Peter Kirwan

Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

BA Hons (2005), MA (2007), PhD (2011): University of Warwick

I joined the University of Nottingham in 2011 following completion of my PhD. I am currently section head for Drama and Creative Writing, and teach on a range of modules (mostly focused on early modern drama) in the School at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You can follow me on Twitter here.

Expertise Summary

My broad expertise is in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, in both the early modern period and in later print and performance history.

I have a particular interest in the dividing line between 'Shakespeare' and 'not-Shakespeare' and the ways in which 'Shakespeare' is constructed and defined to meet particular needs. Specific areas of expertise include: collaborative and disputed authorship (especially the 'Shakespeare Apocrypha'); book and editing history; contemporary performance and screen adaptations; digital Shakespeare.

I am Book Reviews Editor for the journal Early Theatre, Performance Reviews Editor for Shakespeare Bulletin, Editions and Textual Studies reviewer for Shakespeare Survey and a peer reviewer for the AHRC and several leading journals and academic presses. I sit on the editorial board of Shakespeare and the editorial advisory boards for Digital Renaissance Editions and Apocrypha Redivivus.

I speak regularly at theatres and societies around the region and nationally, and participate in a range of outreach activities including theatre programmes, websites, theatre review archives and events.

Teaching Summary

Before beginning my PhD I worked at the CAPITAL (Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning) Centre at the University of Warwick, which instilled in me a lifelong passion for teaching. At… read more

Research Summary

My current research is split between projects on Shakespeare and his contemporaries in modern performance, and editing projects that build on my earlier work in Shakespearean book history and… read more

Selected Publications

  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2019. Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl Bloomsbury. (In Press.)
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2015. Shakespeare and the Idea of Apocrypha: Negotiating the Boundaries of the Dramatic Canon Cambridge University Press.
  • DEPLEDGE, EMMA and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., 2017. Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740 Cambridge University Press.
  • CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., 2014. Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice Cambridge University Press.

I welcome PhD candidates in any area of Shakespeare and early modern drama, particularly the following:

  • Texts and editorial theory
  • Contemporary stage and screen performance, including live-streaming
  • Adaptations and new writing based on Shakespeare
  • Early modern drama in its historical context

Current PhD students:

Hannah Manktelow, 'Provincial Shakespeare Performance', 2013- (co-supervision with Jo Robinson, and Tanya Kirk, British Library)

Sarah O'Malley, 'Gendered Lands: Women, Nature, and the Representation of Seventeenth-century English Landscapes', 2014- (co-supervision with Julie Sanders, University of Newcastle)

Beth Sharrock, 'Paratexts for Live Theatre Broadcasts of Shakespeare', 2017- (co-supervision with Abigail Rokison-Woodall, Shakespeare Institute)

Ben Haworth, 'Liminality in Early Modern Literature and Drama', 2017- (co-supervision with Pete Smith, Nottingham Trent University)

Claire Humphries, 'Staging the City: Politics, Power, and the Built Environment in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama', 2018- (co-supervision with Mike Rodman Jones)

Josh Caldicott, 'The Development of Epilogues in English Commercial Theatre, 1566-1642', 2018- (co-supervision with Simon Smith, Shakespeare Institute)

Before beginning my PhD I worked at the CAPITAL (Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning) Centre at the University of Warwick, which instilled in me a lifelong passion for teaching. At Nottingham I am lucky enough to be able to teach at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study, and my teaching interests both reflect and inform my research. I teach broadly across the School's drama modules, specialising in early modern drama.

In 2014 and 2018 I was delighted to accept the Student Union Staff Oscar for Best All-Round Teacher.

Undergraduate modules

In 2017-18 I am teaching on the following modules:

Q3109S Shakespeare's Histories: Critical Approaches Q31401 Academic Community Q31501 Drama, Theatre, Performance Q32502 Shakespeare and his Contemporaries on the Stage (convenor) Q33606 Screen Shakespeares (convenor)

I am also supervising six undergraduate dissertations, and am happy to talk to future dissertation students about prospective projects.

Postgraduate modules

In 2017-18 I will be offering some sessions on Q34547 Early Performance Cultures . I am pleased to talk to MA students about proposals for dissertations in all areas of early modern literature and drama.

Current Research

My current research is split between projects on Shakespeare and his contemporaries in modern performance, and editing projects that build on my earlier work in Shakespearean book history and editorial theory. Specific projects include:

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl (Bloomsbury, 2019), a monograph on one of the world's leading Shakespeare companies.

Pericles (Cambridge, 2019), a revised edition of the New Cambridge Shakespeare edition by Doreen Delvecchio and Anthony Hammond.

Doctor Faustus for The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, ed. Jeremy Lopez (Routledge, 2020), a new student-facing edition of Marlowe's play.

The Arden Research Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance, ed. with Kathryn Prince (Bloomsbury, 2020), a major state-of-the-field collection of new research, practitioner interventions and research resources.

Past Research

Please see my Publications page for a list of my already-published work.

The Shakespeare Apocrypha

Much of my research from 2011-2016 focused on the plays of the Shakespeare Apocrypha, culminating in a major monograph, Shakespeare and the Idea of Apocrypha (Cambridge, 2015), a new edition of disputed plays general edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays (Palgrave, 2013), a curated section of the Folger's Shakespeare Documented exhibition, and several book chapters and articles.

Shakespeare in the Book Trade

Following a successful seminar at the Shakespeare Association of America conference in St. Louis, 2014, Emma Depledge and I curated a volume building on our shared interest in the role of the book trade in consolidating Shakespeare's canonicity, Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740 (Cambridge, 2017). My work on Shakespearean book history has featured in Shakespeare Quarterly, Philological Quarterly and several book collections.

Shakespeare on Stage and Screen

For an audience beyond academia, my theatre review blog, The Bardathon, is one of the longest-running single-authored theatre review blogs still in operation, and I also wrote nine performance histories for single volumes in the RSC Shakespeare series. My scholarly articles on Shakespeare in performance have featured in Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin, and several book collections. I have a particular interest in Shakespeare on screen, both film and in live relays of theatre productions, an interest explored in my first co-edited collection, Shakespeare and the Digital World (Cambridge, 2014).

Future Research

I am currently developing a large-scale project around The Winter's Tale, and will be spending much of the next few years working in detail on this extraordinary play. I am always keen to hear new hot takes!

Other upcoming projects include:

  • An essay on Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear on film for the new Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Screen (ed. Russell Jackson).
  • An essay on the development of the Shakespeare canon for the Arden Research Companion to Shakespeare and Textual Studies (ed. Lukas Erne)
  • An essay on Tamburlaine in performance for Tamburlaine: A Critical Reader (ed. David McInnis)
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2019. Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl Bloomsbury. (In Press.)
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2018. Mis/quotation in Constrained Writing. In: RUMBOLD, KATE and MAXWELL, JULIE, eds., Shakespeare and Quotation Cambridge University Press. 247-59
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2018. Marlowe's Early Books: The Contention and a 'Marlowe Effect'. In: KNUTSON, ROSLYN and MELNIKOFF, KIRK, eds., Christopher Marlowe, Theatrical Commerce, and the Book Trade Cambridge University Press. 134-48 (In Press.)
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2018. Cheek by Jowl: Reframing Complicity in Web-Streams of Measure for Measure. In: AEBISCHER, PASCALE, GREENHALGH, SUSANNE and OSBORNE, LAURIE E., eds., Shakespeare and the 'Live' Theatre Broadcast Experience Bloomsbury. 161-73
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2017. 'Not-Shakespeare and the Shakespearean Ghost'. In: BULMAN, JAMES C., ed., The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance Oxford University Press. 87-103
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2017. 'Framing the Theatrical: Shakespearean Film in the UK'. In: LEVENSON, JILL L. and ORMSBY, ROBERT, eds., The Shakespearean World Routledge. 173-89
  • DEPLEDGE, EMMA and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., 2017. Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740 Cambridge University Press.
  • DEPLEDGE, EMMA and KIRWAN, PETER, 2017. Introduction. In: DEPLEDGE, EMMA and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740 1-14
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2017. Consolidating the Shakespeare Canon, 1640-1740. In: DEPLEDGE, EMMA and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740 Cambridge University Press. 81-88
  • DEPLEDGE, EMMA and KIRWAN, PETER, 2017. Editing Shakespeare, 1640-1740. In: DEPLEDGE, EMMA and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740 Cambridge University Press. 145-152
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2016. '"May I subscribe a name?": Terms of Collaboration in 1616'. In: PAUL EDMONDSON, SHIH-PE WANG and TIAN YUAN TAN, eds., 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu's China Bloomsbury. 163-178
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2016. "Complete" Works: The Folio and All of Shakespeare. In: EMMA SMITH, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's First Folio Cambridge University Press. 86-102
  • KIRWAN, PETER and MATHIESON, CHARLOTTE, 2015. 'A Tale of Two Londons: Locating Shakespeare and Dickens in 2012'. In: ERIN SULLIVAN and PAUL PRESCOTT, eds., Shakespeare on the Global Stage: Performance and Festivity in the Olympic Year Bloomsbury. 227-252
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2015. Shakespeare and the Idea of Apocrypha: Negotiating the Boundaries of the Dramatic Canon Cambridge University Press.
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2015. The Roared-at Boys?: Repertory Casting and Gender Politics in the RSC's 2014 Swan Season Shakespeare. 11(3), 247-61
  • CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., 2014. Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice Cambridge University Press.
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. '"From the table of my memory": Blogging Shakespeare in/out of the Classroom'. In: CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice Cambridge University Press. 100-112
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. '"You have no voice!": Constructing Reputation Through Contemporaries in the Shakespeare Biopic' Shakespeare Bulletin. 32(1), 11-26
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. 'Situating Ben Jonson: The Cambridge Edition of the Works' Early Theatre. 17(1), 159-78
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. '"We ring this round with our invoking spells": Magic as embedded authorship in The Merry Devil of Edmonton'. In: HOPKINS, LISA and OSTOVICH, HELEN, eds., Magical Transformations on the Early Modern English Stage Ashgate. 161-177
  • CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. Shakespeare and the Digital World: Introduction. In: CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Shakespeare and the Digital World Cambridge University Press. 1-7
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. Introduction: Pedagogy. In: CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Shakespeare and the Digital World Cambridge University Press. 58-62
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. Introduction: Publishing and Academic Identity. In: CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Shakespeare and the Digital World Cambridge University Press. 128-131
  • CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, 2014. Conclusion: Digital Dreaming. In: CARSON, CHRISTIE and KIRWAN, PETER, eds., Shakespeare and the Digital World Cambridge University Press. 238-57
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2013. 'Mucedorus'. In: KESSON, ANDY and SMITH, EMMA, eds., The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England Ashgate. 223-34
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2013. 'Learning and Teaching Resources'. In: FINDLAY, ALISON and OAKLEY-BROWN, LIZ, eds., Twelfth Night: A Critical Reader Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. 189-214
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2013. 'Ending Well: Reconciliation and Remembrance in Arpana's All Well that Ends Well'. In: BENNETT, SUSAN and CARSON, CHRISTIE, eds., Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment Cambridge University Press. 237-40
  • BATE, JONATHAN, RASMUSSEN, ERIC, SEWELL, JAN, SHARPE, WILL, KIRWAN, PETER (ASSOCIATE EDITOR) and STEWART, SARAH (ASSOCIATE EDITOR), eds., 2013. Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others RSC Shakespeare Palgrave Macmillan.
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2013. 'The Merchant of Venice', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It)', 'Venus and Adonis', 'A Tender Thing'. In: EDMONDSON, PAUL, PRESCOTT, PAUL and SULLIVAN, ERIN, eds., A Year of Shakespeare: Reliving the World Shakespeare Festival Bloomsbury. 128-32, 142-5, 226-9, 259-63
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2012. 'Canonising the Shakespeare Apocrypha: Shakespeare, Middleton, and Co-Existent Canons' Literature Compass. 9/8, 538-48
  • KIRWAN, P., 2012. The Shakespeare apocrypha and canonical expansion in the marketplace Philological Quarterly. 91(2), 247-275
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2012. 'Theobald Restor'd: Double Falsehood at the Union Theatre, Southwark'. In: CARNEGIE, DAVIE and TAYLOR, GARY, eds., The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play Oxford University Press. 356-59
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2012. 'Four Centuries of Henry VI: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., Henry VI Parts I, II, and III Macmillan. 326-34
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2012. 'Four Centuries of Pericles: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN, RASMUSSEN, ERIC and MUNRO, L, eds., Pericles Macmillan. 118-28
  • KIRWAN, P., 2011. The first collected "Shakespeare Apocrypha" Shakespeare Quarterly. 62(4), 594-601
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2011. 'Four Centuries of Coriolanus: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., Coriolanus Macmillan. 156-66
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2011. 'Four Centuries of Merry Wives: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., The Merry Wives of Windsor Macmillan. 118-27
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2011. 'Four Centuries of The Two Gentlemen: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., The Two Gentlemen of Verona Macmillan. 98-109
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2011. 'Four Centuries of Julius Caesar: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., Julius Caesar Macmillan. 108-19
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2010. '"What's past is prologue": Negotiating the authority of tense in reviewing Shakespeare' SHAKESPEARE -TAYLOR AND FRANCIS-. VOL 6(NUMBER 3), 337-342
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2010. 'Four Centuries of The Merchant: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., The Merchant of Venice Macmillan. 115-24
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2010. 'Four Centuries of Troilus and Cressida: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., Troilus and Cressida Macmillan. 158-67
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2010. 'Four Centuries of Richard II: An Overview'. In: BATE, JONATHAN and RASMUSSEN, ERIC, eds., Richard II Macmillan. 127-37
  • KIRWAN, PETER, 2007. '"Eke our our performance with your minds": the impact of the RSC's Complete Works Festival on audience expectations and involvement.' CAHIERS ELISABETHAINS. Special Issue, 99-102

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