Douglas M. LANIER

Douglas M. LANIER


Douglas Lanier is Professor of English and Director of the London Program at the University of New Hampshire.

His published work on early modern British writing includes articles on Shakespeare, Jonson, Marston, Middleton, and the Jacobean masque. He has also written widely about contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare, including articles on Shakespeare adaptation in film, television, audio performance, radio, comic books, and advertising.

His book Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture (OUP) appeared in 2002; his articles have appeared in many journals as well as Spectacular Shakespeare, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture, The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Film, The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare in Performance, and Shakespeares after Shakespeare.

He currently serves as a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and on the editorial board of the journals Shakespeare and Adaptation. He is currently completing a book-length study of screen adaptations of Othello, both faithful and free, and an edition of Timon of Athens.



1/ Shakespeare on Screen / in Performance

  • "Drowning the Book:  Prospero's Books and the Textual Shakespeare."  In Shakespeare, Theory and Performance.  Ed. James Bulman.  New York:  Routledge, 1996, pp. 187-209.  Reprinted in Shakespeare on Film.  Ed. Robert Shaughnessy, Macmillan, 1998.
  • "Now:  The Presence of History in Pacino's Looking for Richard."  Postscript (special issue, "Shakespeare and Film: Derivatives and Variations") 17.2 (Winter/Spring 1998):  39-56.
  • "The Idea of a John Barrymore."  Colby Quarterly (special issue, "Screening Shakespeare") 37.1 (March 2001):  31-54.
  • "'Art thou base, common and popular?'": The Cultural Politics of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet." In Spectacular Shakespeare: Critical Theory and Popular Cinema, eds. Lisa Starks and Courtney Lehmann.  Rutherford, New Jersey:  Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2002. 149-71.
  • "WSHX:  Shakespeare and American Radio."  In Shakespeare after Mass Media:  A Cultural Studies Reader, ed. Richard Burt.  New York:  Palgrave, 2002. 195-219.
  • "Shakescorp Noir." Shakespeare Quarterly.  Special issue, "Screen Shakespeare," ed.  Barbara Hodgdon.  Vol. 53, Summer 2002: 157-180.
  • "Nostalgia and Theatricality: The Fate of the Shakespearean Stage in The Midsummer Night's Dreams of Michael Hoffman, Adrian Noble, and Christine Edzard."  In Shakespeare the Movie II:  Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD.  Eds. Richard Burt and Lynda E. Boose.  New York: Routledge, 2003. 154-72.
  • "Will of the People:  Recent Shakespeare Film Parody and the Politics of Popularization."  In A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen.  Ed. Diana E. Henderson.  New York:  Blackwell Press, 2006. 176-196.
  • "Shakespeare on the Record."  In The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare and Performance.  Eds. Barbara Hodgdon and William Worthen.   New York:  Blackwell Press, 2006.  415-436.
  • "William Shakespeare, Filmmaker."  In The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Film.  Ed. Deborah Cartmell.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2007.  61-74.
  • "Julie Taymor."  In The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare.  Ed. John Russell Brown.  New York:  Routledge, 2008.  459-75.
  • "Ellington's Dark Lady."  In Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance.  Eds. Scott Newstok and Ayanna Thompson.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.  151-60.
  • "Recent Shakespearean Adaptation and the Mutations of Cultural Capital."  Shakespeare Studies 38 (2010):  104-13.
  • "Nouveau noir:  Claude Chabrol's Ophélia, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the nouvelle vague."  In Shakespeare on Screen:  Hamlet.   Eds. Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin.  Publications de l'Université de Rouen et du Havre, 2011.  235-55.


2/ Other publications

  • Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture.  In the Shakespeare Topics series, eds. Peter Holland and Stanley Wells.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2002.  Named as a best-selling academic trade book by Academia, December 2002 and January 2003.
  • "The Prison-House of the Canon:  Allegorical Form and Posterity in Ben Jonson's The Staple of Newes."  Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 2 (1985):  253-267.
  • "Brainchildren:  Patriarchy and Self-Representation in the Early Works of Ben Jonson."  Renaissance Papers (1986):  53-68.
  • "'Stigmatical in Making':  The Material Character of The Comedy of Errors."  ELR 23 (Winter 1993):  81-112.  Reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism.  Gale Publishers, 1996, and in The Comedy of Errors:  Critical Essays, ed.  Robert S. Miola, Garland Publishing, 1997.  299-334.
  • "Masculine Silence:  Epicoene and Jonsonian Stylistics."  College Literature 21.2 (June 1994):  1-18.
  • "Encryptions:  Reading Milton Reading Jonson Reading Shakespeare."  In Reading and Writing in Shakespeare.  Ed. David Bergeron.  Newark:  University of Delaware Press, 1995. 220-250.
  • "'Unmarkt, Unknown':  The Return of the Expressed in Paradise Regained."  Criticism 37.2 (Spring 1995):  187-212.
  • "'So Short You Read My Character':  Ben Jonson and the Sphragis."  In Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance.  Ed. Douglas Rutledge.   Newark:  University of Delaware Press, 1996.
  • "Fertile Visions:  Jacobean Revels and the Erotics of Occasion."  Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 39.2 (Spring 1999):  327-356.
  • "Shakespeare and Cultural Studies:  An Overview."  Shakespeare:  The Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 2.1&2 (June and December 2006):  228-48.
  • "Shakespeare™: Author and Myth."  In The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture.  Ed. Robert Shaughnessy.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.  60-74.
  • "'Nimble in damnation, quick in tune':  Vice and The Revenger's Tragedy."  In The Oxford Handbook to Thomas Middleton.  Eds. Gary Taylor et al.  Oxford University Press, 2011.  227-46.
  • "Post-Textual Shakespeare."  Shakespeare Survey 64 (2011):  145-62.


Contributions to Shakespeare on Screen in Francophonia

"Nouveau Noir: Claude Chabrol's Ophélia, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the Nouvelle Vague" (2012) [2011]

"L'Homme blanc et l'homme noir: Othello in Les Enfants du Paradis" (2013)

"Love in the Ruins: Les Amants de Vérone and “Authentic” Shakespeare Adaptation" (2016)

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