University of Hertfordshire

Professor Graham Holderness

Graham Holderness

Professor Graham Holderness

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Graham Holderness has taught at the universities of Oxford, Swansea, Roehampton and Hertfordshire. Most of his 40 published books focus on Shakespeare, with particular interests in Shakespeare’s history plays, Shakespeare and the media, Shakespeare editing, Shakespeare and contemporary culture and transnational Shakespeare. Recent publications include Shakespeare in Venice (2009) and the innovative new biography Nine Lives of William Shakespeare (Bloomsbury, 2011).

Influential publications include: D.H. Lawrence: History, Ideology and Fiction (1982); The Shakespeare Myth (1988); Shakespeare: The Histories (2000); and the trilogy Cultural Shakespeare: Essays in the Shakespeare Myth (2001), Visual Shakespeare: Essays in Film and Television (2002), and Textual Shakespeare: Writing and the Word (2003). Graham Holderness is also a novelist, poet and dramatist. His novel The Prince of Denmark was published in 2001; his poetry collection Craeft received a Poetry Book Society award in 2002; and his play Wholly Writ was recently performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, and by Royal Shakespeare Company actors in Stratford-upon-Avon.


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    Shakespeare Among the Ruins

    Holderness, G. 28 Feb 2017 Shakespeare and the Visual Arts in Italy. Marrapodi, M. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, (Anglo_Italian Renaissance Studies)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 'Beauty too rich for use?': Shakespeare and Advertising

    Holderness, G. 2017 Shakespeare and Quotation. Maxwell, J. & Rumbold, K. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Shakespeare and the Undead

    Holderness, G. 2017 The Shakespeare User: Critical and Creative Appropriations in a Networked Culture. Geddes, L. & Fazel, V. M. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, (Reproducing Shakespeare)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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