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Readership: Students and scholars of Renaissance drama
Martin Wiggins, Senior Lecturer and Fellow, and Tutor for Research, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
Martin Wiggins is Senior Lecturer and Fellow, and Tutor for Research at The Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham. From 1987-1990 he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Keble College. He has also taught at the University of Reading, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London, and The
Roehampton Institute. His research interests cover the full corpus of dramatic works written in the British Isles between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, including both commercial and literary plays, masques and entertainments, and drama in Latin, Greek, Cornish, and Welsh. In 2006, he won the Calvin and Rose G. Hoffman Prize for distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe. He also writes regularly for the Globe's magazine, Around the Globe, on issues in dramatic history.
Catherine Richardson is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on focus on the relationship between texts and the material circumstances of their production and consumption, and in particular on early modern domestic life. Previous publications include Domestic Life and Domestic Tragedy in Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2006). She is also the editor of Clothing Culture 1350-1650 (Ashgate, 2004).
Mark Merry is Senior Research Officer on the ESRC funded research project 'Life in the Suburbs: health, domesticity and status in early modern London' based at the Centre for Metropolitan History. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure and Birkbeck. His research interests are interdisciplinary, and are principally concerned with urban social groups in London, Bury St Edmunds and Warwick in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. He also has an interest in the digitisation of historical sources, and acts as a consultant on a number of projects generating digital resources.
"Another remarkable project... With its wide scope and meticulous attention to detail, it will be an essential reference work." - Brian Vickers, The Times Literary Supplement
"outstanding, well-structured, well-researched, and carefully written. As a resource for, among others, bibliographers, editors, and book and cultural historians of early modern plays, the Catalogue, when complete, is likely to be the first point of reference for many, many years to come." - N. C. Aldred, The Library
"An extraordinarily useful compendium ... filled with such riches. Scholars of Renaissance drama will find it to be
both useful and fascinating." - Garrett A. Sullivan, Studies in English Language
"a remarkable achievement ... ground-breaking ... Wiggins is to be congratulated for the untiring spirit of enquiry which has sustained him since the beginning of this century and will see him through to the completion of his vast enterprise. All students of English Renaissance drama owe him an incalculable debt. His Catalogue, I predict, will be one of the first volumes one reaches for, and one of the last to be put back on the shelf." - Brian Vickers, The Spenser Review
"Without any doubt this accumulation of information is an exceptionally valuable
contribution for researchers because it covers such a wide range and also because it addresses critically many difficult features that arise in the study of the drama of this period." - Peter Happé, Early Theatre
"[Wiggins] deserves credit for a breathtaking achievement ... Because it includes everything with a possible dramatic element tilts, dialogues, masques, royal entries and royal welcomes the Catalogue greatly expands the picture of dramatic activity given in the Annals, emphasizing its collaborative nature ... ideal for browsing and is full of fascinating details" - Lois Potter, Times Literary Supplement
"I learned something
every time I opened this book. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a reader who would not ... throughout there are fascinating, illustrative details ... This is a deeply impressive work and will be a standard reference point for decades to come." - Gwilym Jones, Around the Globe
"It is an extraordinary resource, and we now have a database ... which can tell us everything at a glance about every piece of extant drama from the period ... It is a resource that any serious student of the period will use routinely from now on, and its influence on future work and understanding of Renaissance drama will be very interesting to chart. It is a heroic, landmark piece of scholarly
study, and, one suspects, will ensure that 'Wiggins' becomes a household name among graduate students of the period the world over." - Will Sharpe, The Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter
"The arrangement of the volume is refreshingly determined by "the common-sense principle" ... when complete, [the set] will be the definitive work on its subject ... Essential." - W. Baker, Northern Illinois University, CHOICE
"The Cataolgue is therefore bound to have a significant impact both on teaching and research in the fields of Shakespeare and early modern drama ... [it] will prove immensely useful to scholars and students alike." - Sonia
Massai, Shakespeare Survey
List of Entries
British Drama, 1533-1566
Supplementary List: Pre-Catalogue Plays Printed or Transcribed During the Years 1533-1642
Index of Persons
Index of Places
Index of Plays