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Professor Duncan Salkeld

Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature


Professor Duncan Salkeld is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Chichester. He is author of Madness and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare (Manchester University Press, 1993), Shakespeare Among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature and Drama 1500-1650 (Ashgate, 2012), and numerous articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Dr. Salkeld specializes in historical approaches to early modern literature, textual studies, manuscripts and palaeography, and theatre history. He works closely with documentary sources to focus on the detail of everyday Elizabethan and Jacobean life, drawing especially the early modern archives of Bridewell and Bethlem hospitals. Dr. Salkeld welcomes applications for postgraduate work in early modern studies.  His recent and forthcoming publications include:

Shakespeare Among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature and Drama 1500-1650 (Ashgate, 2012) http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754663874

‘Theatrical References in the Bridewell Hospital Court of Governors’ Minute Books’, Malone Society Collections XVI, edited by Eugene Giddens (Manchester University Press, 2011).

Shakespeare and the ‘I-word’ in STYLE (special issue on ‘Shakespeare and Intention’) 44, 3 (Fall 2010), 328-41.

‘Silence, Seeing and Performativity: Leonardo, Sidney and Shakespeare’, in Michele Marrapodi (ed.) Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories: Anglo-Italian Transactions (Ashgate, 2010), 247-264.

‘Shakespeare Studies, Presentism and Microhistory’, Cahiers Elisabethains 76 (Autumn 2009), 35-43.

‘Crime’ in Andrew Hadfield, Matt Dimmock and Abigail Shinn (eds.) The Ashgate Companion to Popular Culture (forthcoming).

‘Exhumations: Scopophobic Imagination in the Renaissance’, in Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier (eds.) Gothic Renaissance, (Manchester University Press, forthcoming).

Twelve refereed entries for A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650 (Ashgate, forthcoming).

Dr. Salkeld gives regular conference papers at British and international universities. He leads students on an annual Field Trip to Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum and The Globe Theatre, and has organized Shakespeare Study Days at the University for local A Level and Access students. He is currently preparing articles on Shakespeare and the arts, Italians in early modern London, Machiavelli’s drama, and a monograph on Shakespeare and London.

Research Output


Habib, I. and Salkeld, D. (2013) The Resonables of Boroughside, Southwark: an Elizabethan black family near the Rose Theatre/Alienating laughter in The Merchant of Venice: a reply to Imtiaz Habib. Shakespeare. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1745-0918 10.1080/17450918.2013.766633

Salkeld, D. (2010) Shakespeare and ‘the I-word'. Style, 44 (3). pp. 328-341. ISSN 0039-4238

Salkeld, D. (2009) Shakespeare studies, presentism and micro-history. Cahiers Élisabéthains (76). pp. 35-44. ISSN 0184-7678

Salkeld, D. (2007) The texts of Henry V. Shakespeare, 3 (2). pp. 161-182. ISSN 1745-0918 10.1080/17450910701460890

Salkeld, D. (2005) Literary traces in Bridewell and Bethlem, 1602-1624. RES: The Review of English Studies, 56 (225). pp. 379-385. ISSN 0034-6551 10.1093/res/hgi056

Salkeld, D. (2005) New allusions to London 'shewes' and playhouses, 1575-1605. Early Theatre, 8 (2). pp. 101-108. ISSN 1206-9078

Book Sections

Salkeld, D. (2019) Shakespeare and the arts of painting and music. In: The Routledge Research Companion to Anglo-Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781317044178 10.4324/9781315612720

Salkeld, D. (2019) Machiavelli’s comedies of ‘virtù’. In: The Routledge Research Companion to Anglo-Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781317044178 10.4324/9781315612720

Salkeld, D. (2018) Letting wonder seem familiar: Italy and London. In: Much Ado About Nothing: A Critical Reader. Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, Oxford, London. ISBN 9781474284370

Salkeld, D. (2015) His collaborator George Wilkins. In: The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, pp. 289-296. ISBN 9781107699090

Salkeld, D. (2014) Much Ado About Italians in Renaissance London. In: Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance: Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition. Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies . Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, pp. 305-316. ISBN 9781472448392

Salkeld, D. (2014) Afterword. In: Art, Literature and Religion in Early Modern Sussex: Culture and Conflict. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, pp. 255-262. ISBN 9781409457039

Salkeld, D. (2014) Crime. In: The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England. Routledge: Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, pp. 193-205. ISBN 9781409436843 ISBN

Salkeld, D. (2012) Theatrical references in the Bridewell hospital court of governors’ minute books. In: Collections XVI. The Malone Society, Manchester University Press, Manchester. 978-0-7190-8610-6

Salkeld, D. (2011) Silence, seeing and performativity: Shakespeare and the Paragone. In: Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories: Anglo-Italian Transactions. Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies . Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, pp. 247-264. ISBN 9781409421498

Salkeld, D. (2001) New historicism. In: Twentieth-century historical, philosophical and psychological perspectives. The Cambridge history of literary criticism, IX . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 59-70. ISBN 0521300142


Salkeld, D. (2018) Shakespeare & London. Other. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 9780198709947


Salkeld, D. (2012) Shakespeare among the courtesans: prostitution, literature, and drama, 1500-1650. Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies . Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK. ISBN 9780754663874

Barsham, D., Brighton, T., Carter, J., Chandler, A., Everard, B., Hutchings, B., Kinsley, Z., Rounce, A., Salkeld, D., Sambrook, J. and Wyatt, J. (2009) William Collins poet, 1721-59. Otter Memorial Papers, 26 . University of Chichester, Chichester, West Sussex. ISBN 9780948765629

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