Dr Tom Rutter
School of English
Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama
+44 114 222 8473
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School of English
1 Upper Hanover Street
I arrived at the University of Sheffield in 2012 after six years at Sheffield Hallam University, before which I taught at University College London (where I took my PhD) and then at London South Bank University. Before that, I studied for my BA at St John’s College, Oxford.
My main area of expertise is Renaissance literature, especially drama. My PhD explored the representation of work on the early modern stage; when rewriting my thesis as a book I became increasingly interested in playing companies and how they bring together the activities of disparate groups such as dramatists, actors, audiences, patrons, theatre owners and booksellers, offering a way of linking dramatic production to wider forces in society. This 'repertory approach' informed my second monograph, which focused on a single company, the Admiral’s Men. My main current project is on early modern drama and science.
I am co-director of the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies.
- Research interests
In 2017 I published a book about the Admiral’s Men, having produced several essays and articles about plays in their repertory. I also have a particular interest in the plays of Shakespeare (who didn’t write for the Admiral’s Men) and Marlowe, as well as in the institutional contexts of the early modern theatre. I recently co-edited (with Lisa Hopkins of Sheffield Hallam University) a collection of essays on the Cavendish family, and I am currently writing a book on Shakespeare and science.
I am an editor of the journal Shakespeare: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rshk20
- Shakespeare and the Admiral's Men: Reading across Repertories on the London Stage, 1594–1600. Cambridge University Press.
- The Cambridge Introduction to Christopher Marlowe.
- Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage. Cambridge University Press.
- 'A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels' by George North: A Newly Uncovered Manuscript Source for Shakespeare's Plays. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 115, 152-153.
- Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science. Shakespeare, 15(4), 453-454.
- Shakespeare, Serlio, and Giulio Romano. English Literary Renaissance, 49(2), 248-272. View this article in WRRO
- Hamlet, pirates, and purgatory. Renaissance and Reformation, 38(1), 117-139.
- View this article in WRRO Marlowe, _Hoffman_, and the Admiral’s Men. Marlowe Studies: An Annual, 3, 49-62.
- Introduction: The Repertory-Based Approach. Early Theatre: a journal associated with the Records of Early English Drama, 13(3), 121-132.
- Marlowe, the “Mad Priest of the Sun”, and Heliogabalus. Early Theatre: a journal associated with the Records of Early English Drama, 13(2), 109-120.
- Marlovian Echoes in the Admiral's Men Repertory: _Alcazar_, _Stukeley_, _Patient Grissil_. Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, 27(1), 27-38.
- Patient Grissil and Jonsonian satire. SEL - Studies in English Literature, 48(2), 283-303.
- Repertory studies: A survey. Shakespeare, 4(3), 336-350.
- The Actors in _Sir Thomas More_. Shakespeare Yearbook, 16, 223-240.
- Merchants of Venice in _A Knack to Know an Honest Man_. Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England: an annual gathering of research, criticism, and reviews, 19, 194-209.
- Fit Hamlet, Fat Hamlet, and the Problems of Aristocratic Labour. Cahiers Elisabethains: late medieval and renaissance English studies, 68, 27-32.
- Issues in review: Dramatists, playing companies, and repertories: Introduction. Early Theatre, 13(2).
- Marlowe, the ‘Mad Priest of the Sun’, and Heliogabalus. Early Theatre, 13(1).
- The Cavendishes and Ben Jonson In Hopkins L & Rutter T (Ed.), A Companion to the Cavendishes (pp. 107-125). Leeds: Arc Humanities Press.
- Tamburlaine the Weather Man In McInnis D (Ed.), Tamburlaine: A Critical Reader (pp. 107-128). London: Arden Shakespeare.
- The Spanish Tragedy and Virgil In Rist T (Ed.), The Spanish Tragedy: A Critical Reader (pp. 153-174). London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
- The communities of George Chapman’s All Fools In Johnson A, Sell R & Wilcox A (Ed.), Community-Making in Early Stuart Theatres: Stage and Audience (pp. 218-238). Abingdon: Routledge.
- Tamburlaine: Parts One and Two In Deats SM (Ed.), Christopher Marlowe at 450 (pp. 51-70). Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..
- The Professional Theatre and Marlowe In Smith E & Bartels E (Ed.), Marlowe in Context (pp. 262-272). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Adult Playing Companies 1603-1613, The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre
- _Englishmen for My Money_: Work and Social Conflict? In Dowd MM & Korda N (Ed.), Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama (pp. 87-99). Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate.
- Adult Playing Companies 1603 to 1613, The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre (pp. 72-87). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Texts and Performances in the Age of Elizabeth, A Companion to British Literature (pp. 181-196). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
- Bonnie Lander Johnson and Eleanor Decamp (eds.), Blood Matters: Studies in European Literature and Thought, 1400–1700. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. ix + 354 pp. £72.00. ISBN 978‐0‐8122‐5021‐3 (hb).. Renaissance Studies, 34(3), 490-492.
- King John (Mis)Remembered: The Dunmow Chronicle, the Lord Admiral’s Men, and the Formation of Cultural Memory by Igor Djordjevic. Comparative Drama, 50(1), 123-125.
- . The Modern Language Review, 110(3), 823-823.
- . The Modern Language Review, 107(2), 610-610.
- Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 106, 227-228.
- Political Economy and the States of Literature in Early Modern England. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 106, 226-227.
- Review of Robert A. Logan, Shakespeare’s Marlowe: The Influence of Christopher Marlowe on Shakespeare’s Artistry (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007). Early Modern Literary Studies, 15(2).
- RICHARD RAATZSCH, The Apologetics of Evil: The Case of Iago.. Notes and Queries, 57(2), 259-260.
- Shakespeare's Companies: William Shakespeare's Early Career and the Acting Companies, 1577-1594. NOTES AND QUERIES, 57(1), 129-131.
- Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594-1625. NOTES AND QUERIES, 57(1), 129-131.
- Three Renaissance Usury Plays: 'The Three Ladies of London' by Robert Wilson, 'Englishmen for my Money' by William Haughton and 'The Hog Hath Lost his Pearl' by Robert Tailor. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 105, 218-219.
- The Cartographic Imagination in Early Modern England: Re-writing the World in Marlowe, Spenser, Raleigh and Marvell. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 104, 1109-1110.
- Shakespeare's Ideas: More Things in Heaven and Earth. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 104, 1110-1111.
- Laurie Maguire, Shakespeare's Names.. Notes and Queries, 55(4), 528-530.
- Unsettled: The Culture of Mobility and the Working Poor in Early Modern England. The Modern Language Review, 103(2), 508-508.
- English Renaissance drama. NOTES AND QUERIES, 55(1), 92-94.
- Janette Dillon, The Cambridge Introduction to Early English Theatre.Peter Womack, English Renaissance Drama.. Notes and Queries, 55(1), 92-94.
- Review of Fiona McNeill, Poor Women in Shakespeare (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007). Early Modern Literary Studies, 13(3).
- Reading, society and politics in early modern England.. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 101, 221-222.
- Threshold poetics: Milton and intersubjectivity.. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 100, 774-777.
- Imagining death in Spenser and Milton.. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 100, 774-777.
- The baroque in English neoclassical literature.. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 100, 774-777.
- Better a shrew than a sheep: Women, drama, and the culture of jest in early modern England.. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 100, 778-779.
- Imaginary Betrayals: Subjectivity and the Discourses of Treason in Early Modern England. The Modern Language Review, 99(2), 461-461.
- Renaissance Configurations: Voices/Bodies/Spaces, 1580-1690. The Modern Language Review, 99(1), 155-155.
- Showing like a Queen: Female Authority and Literary Experiment in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. The Yearbook of English Studies, 32, 286-286.
- Bart van Es. Shakespeare in Company. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp xiv, 357.. Early Theatre, 18(1).
- Mark Bayer. Theatre, Community, and Civic Engagement in Jacobean London. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011. Pp xii, 258.. Early Theatre, 17(1).
- Research group
I am currently supervising PhDs on Renaissance literature and the Gothic, and on Shakespeare and the elements. Recent PhDs include dissertations on cloth in the plays of Thomas Middleton and an edition of Samuel Daniel’s Cleopatra.
I would welcome applications to do postgraduate work on Renaissance drama, particularly in the areas of Shakespeare, Marlowe, repertory studies, and early modern science.
- Teaching activities
I teach on the following modules:
- LIT113: Foundations in Literary Study
- LIT114: Shakespeare
- LIT120: Renaissance to Revolution
- LIT254: Christopher Marlowe
- LIT6047: Early Modern Books
- LIT646: Renaissance Transformations
- EGH601: Shakespeare and Early Women Dramatists
- EGH602 Research Methods In English Studies
- EGH629: Pastoral Literature
I am also programme director for the MA English Literature programme.