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'The very age and body of the time': Shakespeare's world

Shakespearean scholarship at King's today

Details of King's College London’s MA in Shakespeare Studies, with the Globe Theatre in the backgroundDetails of King's College London’s MA in Shakespeare StudiesPromotional material for Shakespeare400Promotional material for Shakespeare400King’s College London has a long and rich history of teaching and research in the field of Shakespearean studies and was indeed one of the first British universities to offer courses in English literature. For the earliest King’s students, matriculating in the 1830s, classes in English literature formed a compulsory component of the curriculum.

Today that tradition is amply reflected in the vibrant academic life of the Department of English, illustrated by the books listed below on Shakespearean themes, which featured in the 2016 exhibition and which were written or edited by current members of its staff.

  • Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (editors). On Shakespeare’s sonnets: a poets’ celebration. London: Bloomsbury, 2016
  • Margaret Jane Kidnie and Sonia Massai (editors). Shakespeare and textual studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • William Shakespeare. 1 Henry IV. Edited by Gordon McMullan. New York: WW Norton & Company, 2003
  • William Shakespeare. The Norton Shakespeare. Edited by Stephen Greenblatt, Walter Cohen, Suzanne Gossett, Jean E Howard, Katharine Eisaman Maus and Gordon McMullan. New York: WW Norton & Company, 2016
  • Ann Thompson and Gordon McMullan (editors). In Arden: editing Shakespeare. Essays in honour of Richard Proudfoot. London: Thomson Learning, 2003

In 2016 King’s led Shakespeare400, a year-long season of cultural and artistic events involving over 20 partner organisations. A selection of promotional material for Shakespeare400 is reproduced in this section: to learn more, please visit the website at

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