Shakespeare Lectures

In 1910 Mrs Frida Mond established ‘the nucleus of a fund which may hereafter be enlarged, to be devoted to the furtherance of research and criticism, historical, philological, and philosophical, in the various branches of English Literature’. One fruit of the fund was the foundation of this lecture series – on ‘some Shakespearean subject, philosophical, historical, or philological, or some problem in English dramatic literature and histrionic art, or some study in literature of the age of Shakespeare’. The lecture was first delivered in 1911.

2018 Shakespeare and the wandering mind, Raphael Lyne (text | audio)

2016 The Shakespearean unscene: Sexual phantasies in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, by Lorna Hutson (text | audio)

2014 Time for Shakespeare: Hourglasses, sundials, clocks, and early modern theatre, by Tiffany Stern (text | audio with slides)

2012 Shakespeare and the Reformation, by Brian Cummings (text | audio)

2011 Audience-Actor Boundaries and Othello, by Laurie Maguire (text | audio)

2010 ‘Enter Caelia, the Fairy Queen in her Night Attire’: Shakespeare and the Fairies, by Michael Hattaway (audio)

2009 Shakespeare, Oaths and Vows, by John Kerrigan (text | audio)

2008 Was Shakespeare an Essex Man? by Jonathan Bate (text)

2007 Hamlet’s Two Fathers, by David Bevington (text)

2006 Shakespeare, Jonson and the Invention of the Author, by Ian Donaldson (text)

2005 Staging Matters: Shakespeare, the Director, and the Theatre Historian, by Alan C Dessen (text)

2004 Barnardine’s Straw: The Devil in Shakespeare’s Detail, by Michael Pennington (text)

2003 The Foundations of Shakespeare's Text, by H R Woudhuysen (text)

2002 Shakespeare and the Anagram, by Christopher Ricks (text)

2001 A World Elsewhere: Shakespeare’s Sense of an Exit, by Richard Wilson (text)

2000 Beginning in the Middle, by Peter Holland (text)

1999 Macbeth and the Third Person, by Adrian Poole (text)

1998 Servant Obedience and Master Sins: Shakespeare and the Bonds of Service, by Michael Neill (text)

1997 Shakespeare's Peculiarity, by Graham Bradshaw (text)

1996 Traps and Discoveries at the Globe, by Andrew Gurr (text)

1995 Shakespeare’s Renaissance Realism, by Alastair Fowler (text)

1994 Violence and Sensationalism in the Plays of Shakespeare and other Dramatists, by John Russell Brown (text)

1993 Disintegration Once More, by Frank Kermode (text)

1992 Shakespearian Consolations, by Brian Vickers (text)

1991 Parks and Ardens, by Anne Barton (text)

1990 The Fatness of Falstaff: Shakespeare and Character, by Barbara Everett (text)

1989 Jacobean Playwrights and ‘Judicious’ Spectators, by Leo Salingar (text)

1988 Hamlet: Conversations with the Dead, by A D Nuttall (text)

1987 Tales from Shakespeare, by Stanley Wells (text)

1986 The Corridors of History: Shakespeare the Re-maker, by Giorgio Melchiori (text)

1985 The Reign of King Edward the Third (1596) and Shakespeare, by Richard Proudfoot (text)

1984 The Dramatic Structure of Shakespeare’s King Henry the Eighth: An Essay in Rehabilitation, by Glynne Wickham (text)

1983 Shakespeare’s Liars, by Inga-Stina Ewbank (text)

1982 The First West End Comedy, by Emrys Jones (text)

1981 Shakespeare’s Mingled Yarn and ‘Measure for Measure’, by E A J Honigmann (text)

1980 ‘Forms to his Conceit’: Shakespeare and the Uses of Stage Illusion, by R A Foakes (text)

1979 ‘I Know When One is Dead, and When One Lives’, by T W Craik (text)

1978 The Tempest: What Sort of Play? by Harold F Brooks (text)

1977 Shakespeare and Baroque Art, by Nicholas Brooke (text)

1976 ‘Upon Such Sacrifices’, by Philip Brockbank (text)

1975 A Portrait of the Artist as Proteus, by Michel Grivelet (text)

1974 Measure for Measure: The Play and the Themes, by J C Maxwell (text)

1973 Shakespeare’s Tragic Fiction, by Clifford Leech (text)

1972 Unblotted Lines: Shakespeare at Work, by M M Mahood (text)

1971 Shakespeare’s Lofty Scene, by J I M Stewart (text)

1970 Person and Office in Shakespeare’s Plays, by Philip Edwards (text)

1969 Shakespeare Without Words, by Alfred Harbage (text)

1968 Shakespeare’s Histories and ‘The Emotion of Multitude’, by A R Humphreys (text)

1967 Othello and Colour Prejudice, by G K Hunter (text)

1966 Past and Future in Shakespeare’s Drama, by Wolfgang Clemen (text)

1965 Shakespeare’s Primitive Art, by M C Bradbrook (text)

1964 Shakespeare the Elizabethan, by Geoffrey Bullough (text)

1963 Hamlet and Ophelia, by Harold Jenkins (text)

1962 Shakespeare’s Comic Insight, by Mary Lascelles (text)

1961 Shakespeare and the Players, by Richard David (text)

1960 Edward Capell and his Edition of Shakespeare, by Alice Walker (text)

1959 The Tyranny of Shakespeare, by T J B Spencer

1958  Shakespeare and the Tragic Pattern, by Kenneth Muir

1957  Shakespeare’s Politics: With Some Reflections on the Nature of Tradition, by L C Knights

1955 The Noble Moor, Helen Gardner

1954 Language and Poetry in Shakespeare’s Early Plays, by Gladys D Willcock 

1953 Shakespeare's Earliest Years in the Theatre, by J Isaacs 

1952 Co-operation in Shakespearian Scholarship, by Allardyce Nicoll

1951 Shakespeare’s Poetic Energy, by George Rylands

1950 The Emergence of Shakespeare’s Tragedy, by H V D Dyson

1949 Shakespeare in Spain, by Henry Thomas

1948 Shakespeare the Dramatist, by U Ellis-Fermor

1947  Shakespeare and the Termers, by G M Young

1946 The Golden World of ‘King Lear’, by Geoffrey L Bickersteth

1945 Shakespeare’s Punctuation, by P Alexander

1944 Shakespeare’s Audience, by H S Bennett

1943 Aspects of Classical Legend and History in Shakespeare, by F S Boas

1942 Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem? by C S Lewis

1941 Shakespeare and the Diction of Common Life, by F P Wilson

1940 On Reading Shakespeare, by M R Ridley 

1939 ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as an Experimental Tragedy, by H B Charlton;

1938 The Baroque Character of the Elizabethan Tragic Hero, by Levin Ludwig Schucking

1937 The Jacobean Shakespeare and ‘Measure for Measure’, by R W Chambers

1936 Style in Shakespeare, by Oliver Elton

1935 The Theme of Revenge in Elizabethan Tragedy, by Percy Simpson

1934 The Mythical Sorrows of Shakespeare, by C J Sisson

1933 The Treatment of Shakespeare’s Text by his Earlier Editors, 1709-1768, by Ronald B McKerrow

1932 Paternity in Shakespeare, by Arthur Quiller-Couch

1931 Shakespeare’s Iterative Imagery, by Caroline F E Spurgeon

1930 A Plea for the Liberty of Interpreting, by Lascelles Abercrombie 

1929 The Elizabethan Shakespeare, by J Dover Wilson

1928 Principles of Emendation in Shakespeare, by W W Greg

1927 Shakespeare in America, by Ashley Thorndike 

1926 The Bacchic Element in Shakespeare’s Plays, by Emile Legouis

1925  From Henry V to Hamlet, by Harley Granville-Barker

1924 The Disintegration of Shakespeare, by E K Chambers

1923 The Foundations of Shakespeare’s Texts, by Alfred Pollard

1922  The Merchant of Venice, by I Gollancz

1921 Shakespeare, by John Masefield 

1920 Shakespeare’s Race Ideal, by Frank Benson

1919 Shakespeare and the Makers of Virginia, by A W Ward

1918 Shakespeare and England, by Walter Raleigh

1917 The Character of Shakespeare, by H C Beeching

1916 Shakespeare after Three Hundred Years, by J W Mackail

1915 Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance, by Sidney Lee

1914 Hamlet and Orestes: A Study in Traditional Types, by Gilbert Murray 

1913 Shakespeare and Germany, by Alois Brandl

1912 Coriolanus, by A C Bradley

1911 ‘What to Expect of Shakespeare’, by J J Jusserand (text)

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