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Professor Tiffany Stern FBA

Shakespeare, theatre history from the 16th to the 18th century, book history and editing
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About this Fellow

Tiffany Stern is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham; she has previously held professorships at Royal Holloway, University of London; and Oxford (University College). Her work combines literary criticism, theatre history and book history from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. She specialises in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, particularly Jonson, Brome, Middleton and Nashe, and also writes on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century playwrights and editors, including Wycherley, Farquhar, Sheridan, Theobald and Johnson. The theatrical contexts that bring plays about – by Shakespeare and others – is her particular focus. Having researched the theatrical documents put together by authors and others in the process of writing and learning a play, she is repeatedly drawn back to actors’ parts, the documents consisting of cues and speeches from which actors learned their roles. She also writes on prologues, epilogues, songs, letters, arguments, plots and other stage documents; acting methods; theatre props, music, marketing and architecture. General editor of New Mermaids, and the flagship Shakespeare series Arden Shakespeare 4, she is also on the editorial boards of the journals SEDERI, Shakespeare Bulletin, and The Hare. Her scholarship is widely used by theatre companies interested in historically inflected performances.



Current post

  • Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Past Appointments

  • Shakespeare Chair and Professor of Early Modern Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2016 - 2017
  • Professor of Early Modern Drama, University of Oxford, 2005 - 2016
  • CUF in English, University College, Oxford, 2005 - 2016
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, Oxford Brookes University, 2001 - 2005
  • Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford, 1997 - 2000


The Jovial Crew

Richard Brome , Edited by Tiffany Stern, 2014 The Arden Shakespeare

The Rivals

Richard Sheridan, Edited by Tiffany Stern, 2004 Methuen Drama

Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

Professor Brian Cummings

Renaissance humanism and European literature 1450-1700; the history of religion in relation to the history of the book; literary theory and the history of philosophy

Professor Lorna Hutson

The literature of the English Renaissance, with special interests in legal or forensic rhetoric, women's writing and Anglo-Scots relations