Zachary Lesser
Fisher-Bennett Hall 213
215-898-0444

office hours:

Fall 2014: TBD

Zachary Lesser received his PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and his BA in Renaissance Studies and Religious Studies from Brown University. Before coming to Penn, he taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and research interests focus on Shakespeare and early modern drama, the history of the book, literary form and genre, and early modern political and religious debate. He is the author of Hamlet after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text (Penn Press, 2015); and Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Publication: Readings in the English Book Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which won the Elizabeth Dietz Award, presented annually by Studies in English Literature to the best book of the year in early modern studies. With Alan B. Farmer, he is co-creator of DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, an online resource for studying the printing, publishing, and marketing of Renaissance drama. With Farmer, he is currently working on a revisionist study of print popularity, entitled Print, Plays, and Popularity in Shakespeare's England.

An open-access self-archive of selected publications can be found here.

Prof. Lesser's policy on recommendations can be found here

last updated 2014/06/12

Publications

Courses Taught

Fall 2014

English
038.401
English
200.301

Spring 2014

English
101.001
English
597.301

Spring 2013

English
236.301

Fall 2012

English
016.303
English
311.301
English
430.640

Fall 2011

English
038.001

Spring 2010

English
101.001
English
800.301

Fall 2009

English
038.001

Fall 2008

English
311.301

Spring 2008

English
101.001
English
800.302

Fall 2007

English
038.001

Spring 2007

English
016.304

Fall 2006

English
038.001

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