Birthday Post: A Year of Before Shakespeare

We launched our website last year, on the date of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, with an introduction to the project and something of a provocation in Andy’s post about putting the Shhhh into Shakespeare.... The comments that followed have been matched by recent posts that have engendered debate and discussion amongst readers, including the creation by … Continue reading Birthday Post: A Year of Before Shakespeare

Announcing the Launch of REED Online

Research for Before Shakespeare (as any project interested in theatre and performance history) sits on the advances made through major projects over the past decades, particularly by the Records of Early English Drama (REED) project based at the University of Toronto.  REED has provided theatre historians with an invaluable resource in its collections of performance documents and records from … Continue reading Announcing the Launch of REED Online

Shakespeare, attribution and attrition: at tribute zone

At the 2017 Shakespeare Association of America, Marissa Nicosia and Curtis Perry ran a session on Shakespearean Distortions, asking what is lost from our understanding of the early modern period by Shakespeare's domination of the research agenda. This strikes me as the most urgent question in current scholarship, and one that rarely gets asked, and … Continue reading Shakespeare, attribution and attrition: at tribute zone