Professor John Drakakis

Emeritus Professor

English Studies University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor John Drakakis

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About me

M.A., B.A. (Wales), Ph.D. (Leeds), Dip.Ed. FEA I was appointed to Stirling in 1970, some three years after the University had opened. Before that I took my B.A. and M.A. at Cardiff, and Dip.Ed at Exeter. I later obtained my Ph.D from Leeds. Since arriving at Stirling I have taught and continue to teach undergraduate courses in Shakespeare, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama, and Renaissance Literature, and in Critical Theory. I was also one of the founder members of the Department of Film and Media Studies, and was Chair of the committee when it became a full department of the University in 1985. I have delivered lectures on Renaissance Drama in a number of countries across the world, and have examined courses and postgraduate dissertations in a number of University English Departments. I have also successfully supervised a number of Ph.D theses in Renaissance Literature, Modern Drama and Critical Theory.

Research

My research interests are primarily in seventeenth-century textual bibliography, Shakespeare, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, Renaissance literature, critical theory, and modern drama and media and cultural studies. I have published articles and chapters on Shakespeare, Elizabethan and Jacobean literature and drama; modern drama; media studies; modern critical theory and cultural studies, introductory studies of Shakespeare's Othello (1980) and Much Ado About Nothing (1981). I was the editor of and contributor to British Radio Drama (1981); Alternative Shakespeares (1985); Shakespearean Tragedy, Longman Critical Reader series (1998); Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, New Casebook series (1994); Richard III, Shakespeare Originals series (1996); Tragedy, Longman Critical Reader series (1998). My current work in progress is the New Arden Shakespeare edition of The Merchant of Venice, a book entitled Shakespearean Discourses, and the topic of Republicanism in Shakespeare. I welcome applications from potential research students in any of the areas outlined above. I was the General editor of the Routledge English Texts, and am currently the General Editor of the Routledge New Critical Idiom Series. I am a member of the editorial boards of Textual Practice, Critical Survey, and The Journal of Social Semiotics. I am also an elected Fellow of English Association and the Academia Europoea, and I hold an honorary degree from Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Outputs (11)

Outputs

Book Review

Drakakis J (2021) Jennifer Richards, Voices and Books in the English Renaissance: A New History of Reading. Review of: Jennifer Richards, Voices and Books in the English Renaissance: A New History of Reading. Pp. xiii-xvii + 329. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. (ISBN 978 0 19 880906 7). Notes and Queries, 68 (2), pp. 228-231. https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjab075

Book Chapter

Drakakis J (2017) Hospitality, Friendship and Republicanism in Timon of Athens. In: Findlay A & Markidou V (eds.) Shakespeare and Greece. The Arden Shakespeare. London: Bloomsbury Publ Inc, pp. 139-167. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/shakespeare-and-greece-9781474244275/

Edited Book

Drakakis J & Townshend D (eds.) (2013) Macbeth: A Critical Reader. Arden Early Modern Drama Guides. London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/macbeth-9780567432278/

Edited Book

Drakakis J & Townshend D (eds.) (2008) Gothic Shakespeares. Accents on Shakespeare. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415420679/

Book Review

Drakakis J (2008) A Companion to Tragedy and Tragedy and Scepticism in Shakespeare's England. Review of: Tragedy and Scepticism in Shakespeare's England. William M. Hamlin. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Pp. ix–xiii + 306. ISBN 1–4039–4598–5. Notes and Queries, 55 (4), pp. 530-533. https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjn189

Article

Drakakis J (2007) Othello and Waiting for the Barbarians. Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, 54, pp. 101-117. http://publica.webs.ull.es/upload/REV%20RECEI/54%20-%202007/08%20(John%20Drakakis).pdf