Dr Tom Rutter

School of English

Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

English Tom Rutter
t.rutter@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8473

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Dr Tom Rutter
School of English
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1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

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.

I have gone on to focus on a single company, the Admiral’s Men, who performed most of the plays of Christopher Marlowe as well as work by Thomas Kyd, Thomas Dekker, George Chapman and others.

I am co-director of the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies.

Research interests

I recently 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 am currently co-editing (with Lisa Hopkins of Sheffield Hallam University) a collection of essays on the Cavendish family, and am beginning a project on early modern drama and the sciences.

I am an editor of the journal Shakespeare: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rshk20

Publications

Books

  • Rutter T (2017) Shakespeare and the Admiral's Men: Reading across Repertories on the London Stage, 1594–1600. Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter TO (2012) The Cambridge Introduction to Christopher Marlowe. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2008) Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage. Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

  • Rutter T (2020) '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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2019) Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science. Shakespeare, 15(4), 453-454. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2019) Shakespeare, Serlio, and Giulio Romano. English Literary Renaissance, 49(2), 248-272. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2015) Hamlet, pirates, and purgatory. Renaissance and Reformation, 38(1), 117-139. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2013) Marlowe, _Hoffman_, and the Admiral’s Men. Marlowe Studies: An Annual, 3, 49-62. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2011) Introduction: The Repertory-Based Approach. Early Theatre: a journal associated with the Records of Early English Drama, 13(3), 121-132. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2010) 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2009) 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2008) Patient Grissil and Jonsonian satire. SEL - Studies in English Literature, 48(2), 283-303. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2008) Repertory studies: A survey. Shakespeare, 4(3), 336-350. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2007) The Actors in _Sir Thomas More_. Shakespeare Yearbook, 16, 223-240. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2006) 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2005) Fit Hamlet, Fat Hamlet, and the Problems of Aristocratic Labour. Cahiers Elisabethains: late medieval and renaissance English studies, 68, 27-32. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T () Issues in review: Dramatists, playing companies, and repertories: Introduction. Early Theatre, 13(2). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T () Marlowe, the ‘Mad Priest of the Sun’, and Heliogabalus. Early Theatre, 13(1). RIS download Bibtex download

Chapters

  • Rutter T (2020) Tamburlaine the Weather Man In McInnis D (Ed.), Tamburlaine: A Critical Reader (pp. 107-128). London: Arden Shakespeare. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2016) The Spanish Tragedy and Virgil In Rist T (Ed.), The Spanish Tragedy: A Critical Reader (pp. 153-174). London: Bloomsbury Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2016) 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2015) Tamburlaine: Parts One and Two In Deats SM (Ed.), Christopher Marlowe at 450 (pp. 51-70). Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2013) The Professional Theatre and Marlowe In Smith E & Bartels E (Ed.), Marlowe in Context (pp. 262-272). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2012) Adult Playing Companies 1603-1613, The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2011) _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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T (2009) Adult Playing Companies 1603 to 1613, The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre (pp. 72-87). Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter T () Texts and Performances in the Age of Elizabeth, A Companion to British Literature (pp. 181-196). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Other

Research group

I am currently supervising PhDs on cloth in the plays of Thomas Middleton, Shakespeare and the Gothic, and Samuel Daniel’s Cleopatra (an edition).

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
  • LIT234: Renaissance Literature
  • LIT254: Christopher Marlowe
  • LIT 6047: Early Modern Books
  • EGH629: Pastoral Literature
  • EGH602 Research Methods In English Studies
  • EGH6023: Reconsidering the Renaissance

I am also currently convener for the MA English Literature programme.