Peter Holbrook

Peter Holbrook is Director of the Queensland Node of CHE. Peter's work contributes to the Meanings Program. His project investigates two related themes in English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: self control, and the conflict between reason and the passions.

Peter’s research has focused on political, social, and philosophical aspects of English Renaissance literature, and on the influence of Shakespeare on diverse writers and thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including (for example) Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Hardy, and Philip Larkin. He is the author of English Renaissance Tragedy: Ideas of Freedom (London: Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2015); Shakespeare’s Individualism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010); and Literature and Degree in Renaissance England: Nashe, Bourgeois Tragedy, Shakespeare (Newark N.J. and London: University of Delaware Press, 1994); and co-editor, with Paul Edmondson, of Shakespeare’s Creative Legacies: Artists, Writers, Performers, Readers (London: Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2016). He is editor of a special issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook entitled Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited, and co-editor, with David Bevington, of The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).


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Research projects

A Literary and Intellectual History of Self-Government

Selected Publications

As author

“Materialist and Political Criticism”, in The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare. Ed. Bruce Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 1774-81.

English Renaissance Tragedy: Ideas of Freedom. London: Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2015.

“Nietzsche’s Shakespeare”. Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy. Ed. Jennifer Bates and Richard Wilson. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 76-93.

“Shakespeare, Montaigne, and Classical Reason”. Shakespeare and Ethics. Ed. John Cox and Patrick Gray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 261-83. 

“Thomas Hardy”. Scott, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy: Great Shakespeareans. Ed. Adrian Poole. London: Continuum, 2011. 139-183.

“‘Endless Mornings on Endless Faces’: Shakespeare and Philip Larkin”, Shakespeare Survey 64 (2011): 328-340.

Shakespeare’s Individualism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Literature and Degree in Renaissance England: Nashe, Bourgeois Tragedy, Shakespeare.  Newark: University of Delaware Press / London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1994.

As editor

Shakespeare’s Creative Legacies: Artists, Writers, Performers, Readers.  London: Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2016. 

Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited: Shakespearean International Yearbook 6.  Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2006.

The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998 (co-edited with David Bevington).