David Scott Kastan: Shakespeare's Will
A lecture by renowned Shakesperian and Yale Professor, David Kastan, reflecting on the materials in the 'By me William Shakespeare' exhibition.
David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, having previously taught at Columbia University and at Dartmouth College. His most recent book is A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion, published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Among his earlier books are Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time, Shakespeare after Theory, and Shakespeare and the Book.
He has produced important scholarly editions of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One, Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus; and he edited the five-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. He is also responsible for a number of influential critical anthologies, including Staging the Renaissance (with Peter Stallybrass), The New History of Early English Drama (with John Cox), and A Companion to Shakespeare.
He serves as one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare, is the co-editor of the Bantam Shakespeare, and is the series editor of the Barnes and Noble Shakespeare. Currently he is working with the painter Stephen Farthing on a book called Living Color: a History to be published by Yale University Press, and a history of the book in fifteen micro-histories for Princeton University Press, entitled Book Cases.