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Dr Amy Lidster

Roles and subjects

Departmental Lecturer in English Language and Literature



Academic Background


I received my first degree in English Literature from the University of London in 2013, an MA in English (Shakespeare in History) from University College London in 2014, and a PhD in English Literature from King’s College London in 2017, which was funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. Before coming to Jesus, I held a Leverhulme-funded postdoctoral fellowship at KCL for a project called ‘Wartime Shakespeare’. I have also been awarded fellowships from the Society for Renaissance Studies (2018/19), the Huntington Library (2020/21), and the Folger Shakespeare Library (2021/22). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach English literature from 1550 to 1830 at faculty and college level. At Jesus, I cover the following undergraduate papers for second and third years, as well as offering dissertation supervision:

  • Shakespeare (FHS Paper 1)
  • English Literature 1550-1660 (FHS Paper 3)
  • English Literature 1660-1760 (FHS Paper 4)
  • English Literature 1760-1830 (FHS Paper 5)
  • Epic ‘link’ paper (for the Classics and English degree)

Graduate Teaching

I teach on early modern English literature courses at postgraduate level.

Research Interests

My principal research interests are in Shakespeare and early modern literature, with an emphasis on the conditions of theatrical and textual production. My first monograph, Publishing the History Play in the Time of Shakespeare: Stationers Shaping a Genre, has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. It offers a reappraisal of the ‘history play’ and draws attention to the assumptions that underlie discussions of the genre, particularly in relation to the critical dominance of Shakespeare’s English histories. My book shows how the publication process and its agents have controlled the survival of drama from the commercial stages and shaped the plays’ presentation in print in ways that both disclose and direct readings of ‘history’.

I am completing two further monograph projects. Wartime Shakespeare: Performing Narratives of Conflict considers how Shakespeare has been used in performance to inform and mobilize public opinion during periods of war from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. This book will be accompanied by a collection (Shakespeare at War: A Material History, CUP 2023), co-edited with Sonia Massai, and an exhibition at the National Army Museum. Another monograph – Authorships and Authority in Early Modern Dramatic Paratexts – is under contract with Routledge. It examines playbook paratexts as a critical site for negotiating and developing ideas of ‘authorship’ during the period, and argues that print publication propelled a discourse of authorships and a dual emphasis on practices of creation and control.



  1. Publishing the History Play in the Time of Shakespeare: Stationers Shaping a Genre (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  2021)
  2. Authorships and Authority in Early Modern Dramatic Paratexts, Studies in Early Modern Authorship (New York: Routledge, under contract)

Edited Collections

  1. Shakespeare at War: A Material History, ed. by Amy Lidster and Sonia Massai (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023)

Journal Articles

  1. ‘At the Sign of the Angel: The influence of Andrew Wise on Shakespeare in print’, Shakespeare Survey 71 (2018), 242-54
  2. ‘Shakespeare and the implications of paratextual attribution’, Shakespeare Studies, 46 (2018), 150-55
  3. ‘Challenging monarchical legacies in Edward III and Henry V’, English: Journal of the English Association, 68:261 (2019), 126-42
  4. ‘“With much labour out of scattered papers”: The Caroline reprints of Thomas Heywood’s 1 and 2 If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody’, Renaissance Drama (forthcoming 2022)

Chapters in Edited Collections

  1. ‘Publishing King Lear (1608) at the Sign of the Pied Bull’, in Old St Paul’s and Culture, ed. by Shanyn Altman and Jonathan Buckner, Early Modern Literature in History (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2021)
  2. ‘Making Sense of Error in Commercial Drama: The case of Edward III’, in Printing and Misprinting: A Companion to Typos and Corrections in Renaissance Europe (1450-1650), ed. by Geri Della Rocca de Candal, Anthony Grafton, and Paolo Sachet (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022)
  3. Hamlet Mobilized: Propaganda during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15)’, in Shakespeare at War: A Material History, ed. by Amy Lidster and Sonia Massai (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023)
  4. ‘Preliminaries and Paratexts’, in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Authorship, ed. by Rory Loughnane and Will Sharpe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  5. ‘Negotiating patronage: Nashe and his “toys for private Gentlemen”’, in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Nashe, ed. by Andrew Hadfield, Jennifer Richards, and Kate De Rycker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  6.  [With Catherine Evans], ‘Resources’, Arden Research Handbook for Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, ed. by Michelle Dowd and Tom Rutter (London: Bloomsbury Arden, forthcoming 2022)

Critical Editions

  1. The Reign of King Edward III, ed. by Amy Lidster and Sonia Massai, Internet Shakespeare Editions/Linked Early Modern Drama Online [old-spelling edition, modern edition, and textual introduction are published on ISE; full critical edition is forthcoming with LEMDO]

Other Publications

  1. Review of Erin McCarthy, Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) in The Spenser Review (Fall 2021)


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