Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England (forthcoming from Oxford University Press, 110,000 words)

Tracing the role of typography in the formation of early modern English plays from Tudor moralities to the 1709 edition of Shakespeare’s Works, Typographies of Performance demonstrates that page design experiments in early modern playbooks emerged in a feedback loop with the stage and helped account for certain non-lexical qualities and effects of plays in performance.

Accidental Shakespeare (in progress)

Accidental Shakespeare investigates how the New Bibliographic orthodoxy of distinguishing “substantive” features of early printed plays (words) from “accidental” features (punctuation, spelling, and anything else affecting the “formal presentation” of the text) has shaped the editing and study of Shakespeare. By attending to shifting theories of what constitutes error in textual production, Accidental Shakespeare approaches the fact and concept of textual “accident” in a variety of pre-modern and modern contexts to show that conceptions of “Shakespeare” have always been contingent on the uses of and attitudes towards “accidents” in the printed texts of his plays and poems.  

Articles & ESSAYS

“Typography After Performance,” in Rethinking Theatrical Documents in Shakespeare’s England, ed. Tiffany Stern (forthcoming from The Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury, 6,000 words).

“Running Titles,” in Book Parts, ed. Adam Smyth and Dennis Duncan (Oxford University Press, 2019), 291-307.

Vide Supplementum: Early Modern Collation as Play-Reading in the First Folio.” In Early Modern English Marginalia, ed. Katherine Acheson (Routledge, 2019), 195-233.

“Making a Scene; or, Tamburlaine the Great in Print.” In Christopher Marlowe, Theatrical Commerce, and the Book Trade, eds. Roslyn L. Knutson and Kirk Melnikoff (Cambridge University Press, 2018), 115-132.

“Dramatic Typography and the Restoration Quartos of Hamlet.” In Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1735, eds. Emma Depledge and Peter Kirwan (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 253-171.

Marking Shakespeare.” Shakespeare: The Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 13.4 (2017): 367-386.

Dramatic Pilcrows.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 108.4 (2014): 413-452.

‘High Designe’: Beaumont and Fletcher Illustrated.” English Literary Renaissance 44.2 (2014), 275-327.

edited collection

Shakespeare / Text  (The Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury, under contract)

Drawing on methods from book history, bibliography, theater studies, editorial theory, library science, the digital humanities, and literary criticism, Shakespeare / Text sets new agendas for the study and use of the Shakespearean text. Written by twenty leading experts on textual matters, each essay challenges a single entrenched binary—such as book/theater, source/adaptation, text/paratext, canon/apocrypha, sense/nonsense, extant/ephemeral, material/digital, and original/copy—that has come to both define and limit the way we read, analyze, teach, perform, and edit Shakespeare today.


Editor, William Shakespeare et al, “Henry the Sixth, Part 1,” for The Arden Shakespeare, Fourth Series, general eds. Peter Holland, Zachary Lesser, and Tiffany Stern (The Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury, under contract).

Editor, John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, “The Sea Voyage,” for The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, ed. Jeremy Lopez (Routledge, under contract).

General Editor, The Digital Beaumont & Fletcher, an open-access teaching edition of Comedies & Tragedies (1647), Penn State Libraries, PR2420 1647 Q

Book & Theater reviews

Messiness in Manuscript: Literature’s Ongoing State” (review of Daniel Wakelin, Designing English: Early Literature on the Page), Times Literary Supplement (August 3, 2018): 32.

Review of Hamlet: The First Quarto (Taffety Punk Theatre Company, 2015) [with Musa Gurnis], Shakespeare Bulletin 33.4 (2015): 663-666.

Review of Tamburlaine (Theatre for a New Audience, 2014)Shakespeare Bulletin 33.2 (2015). 

Review of Lukas Erne, Shakespeare and the Book Trade (Cambridge, 2013), SHARPNews 24.1 (2015), 18-19.

Review of Richard Meek, Jane Rickard, Richard Wilson, eds, Shakespeare’s Book: Essays in Reading, Writing and Reception (Manchester University Press, 2008), Renaissance Quarterly 62.4 (2009): 1384-1385.


other writing

‘Beloveed Plays’: A Sammelband of 1680s Quartos & Its Readers.” The Collation: A Gathering of Scholarship from the Folger Shakespeare Library (September 2015).

‘This Play I Red’ and other marginal notes on reading.” The Collation: A Gathering of Scholarship from the Folger Shakespeare Library (March 2015).