William Shakespeare's first folio - graphic for Peter Holland lecturePeter Holland

McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies
University of Notre Dame

Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:30pm

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This lecture is presented with the support of the ACCAC Distinguished Lecturers Program


The book we know as the First Folio wasn’t given that title by the two Shakespeare colleagues who posthumously published his plays in 1623. Its formal name, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, is more functional, laying out genres for the 36 collected plays – like a TV channel offering varying types of movies.

Peter Holland, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare, examines the choice and significance of the volume’s title. What was behind it? How does thinking about genre help us understand how the plays work?

Peter Holland, Professor and McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre DamePeter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre as well as Associate Dean for the arts at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Previously, Holland was the Judith E. Wilson Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Cambridge (1996-1997) and Director of the Shakespeare Institute and Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham (1997-2002). His work has concentrated on Shakespeare in performance and on editing Shakespeare’s plays. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey, general editor with Stanley Wells of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, associate general editor of the Oxford Drama Library, and series editor of Redefining British Theatre History. His article on ‘"William Shakespeare" is the longest entry in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America and an elected fellow of the Shakespeare Institute and of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.