The Dutch Courtesan

About the author

Peter is a Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. He is a Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association, a member of the advisory boards for Digital Renaissance Editions and Apocrypha Redivivus, and the author of several articles and chapters on aspects of Shakespeare's textual and performative history. Peter's primary research interrogates the idea of the 'Shakespeare Apocrypha' and the methodologies used to separate 'authentic' from 'disputed' plays. He is interested in questions of canonicity and cultural value as attached to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the mechanisms/assumptions that shape our perceptions of Shakespeare. He is also interested in dusting off neglected plays and building a broader picture of the early modern theatrical scene. His other main research area is contemporary performance of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. You can follow his theatre reviewing activity at The Bardathon review blog.


Prefacing The Dutch Courtesan

A preface may also be an act of direction, an act of misdirection, or both at the same time.[1] §1 While John Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan speaks for itself, this essay is concerned with the ways in which the play is also spoken for. As Marie Maclean points out, the prefaces attached to a printed [read more…]