David Kastan

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George M. Bodman Professor of English
63 High St, New Haven, CT 06511-6642
+1 (203) 432-2242

Ph.D., University of Chicago
B.A., Princeton University

Although I teach broadly across the field of Renaissance literature, my primary intellectual concern is with the relations of literature and history in early modern England, considered from a variety of perspectives. Increasingly this interest has focused on the production, transmission, and reception of texts (a focus that I like to think of as “the new boredom”). I am one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare and the series editor of the new Barnes and Noble Shakespeare, and I have edited Milton’s Paradise Lost and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. A new book, Shakespeare and Religion will soon be published by OUP, and I am presently working on two new projects: The Invention of English Literature, and, with the painter Stephen Farthing, a book called Living Color.


  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, (ed.), OUP, 2006
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost, (ed.), Hackett, 2005
  • Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus (A and B texts), (ed.), Norton, 2005
  • William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV, (ed.), Arden edition, 2002
  • Shakespeare and the Book, CUP, 2001
  • Shakespeare after Theory, Routledge, 1999
  • A Companion to Shakespeare (ed.), Blackwell, 1999
  • The New History of Early English Drama (ed., with John Cox), Columbia, 1997