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 and textual theory, 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.
You can watch a video of Prof. Lesser discussing Hamlet After Q1 at the Chicago Humanities Festival in November, 2014.
An open-access self-archive of selected publications can be found here.
Prof. Lesser's policy on recommendations can be found here.
last updated 2014/12/12