Professor John Jowett

John Jowett

Shakespeare Institute
Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Deputy Director of The Shakespeare Institute

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My teaching and research focuses mainly on Shakespeare and early modern drama, with particular reference to editing and all areas of textual study.


  • BA (Hons), and MA (Distinction), Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • PhD (Liverpool)


Born in Lancashire, I took my BA and MA at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and my PhD at Liverpool University. My doctoral thesis was an edition of Henry Chettle’s Tragedy of Hoffman. As I was completing, I took up a position with Oxford University Press as an academic editor of the landmark 1986-7 Oxford edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works. I then spent five years lecturing at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Afterwards, I taught for a year in the Department of English Literature at Glasgow University, before being appointed to the Shakespeare Institute in 1993.


My teaching take place mainly at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, where I convene the Shakespeare Studies MA, teach MA modules in Shakespeare textual studies, early modern drama, and research skills, and supervise research students, and have prepared distance-learning modules on textual studies and early modern dramas for the Shakespeare Institute’s MA Programmes. I also contribute regularly to the teaching of Shakespeare in the Department of English Literature.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise MA by Research and PhD students working in a range of areas including early modern drama, Tudor and Stuart texts and their transmission in manuscript and print, and all aspects of editorial practice and theory.

Find out more - our PhD Shakespeare Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Major completed collaborative projects include the online and print New Oxford Shakespeare Critical Reference and Modern Critical editions of Shakespeare’s complete works. I was one of the General Editors of these volumes, with particular responsibility for the original-spelling Critical Reference edition. In addition, I edited some of the most textually challenging texts, including Hamlet and King Lear.

Previous to this, I was an Associate General Editor and major contributor to Thomas Middleton’s Collected Works. I have also edited Richard III and Timon of Athens for the Oxford Wold’s Classics series, and Sir Thomas More for the Arden Shakespeare.

I am a General Editor of the ongoing Arden Early Modern Drama, a parallel series to the Arden Shakespeare that publishes non-Shakespearian drama of the early modern period.

I am also a member of the Editorial Committee of the Malone Society, and have overseen a number of their editions now in print.

I am on the Advisory Board of Shakespeare Internet Editions, the prime example of a freely-available online digital Shakespeare edition and resource.  I also serve on the Advisory Board of several journals including Shakespeare Survey.

I have published articles on textual studies in various leading scholarly journals, and am currently developing a research project on Sir Edward Dering’s 1623 manuscript adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays.

Other activities

I am Secretary of the biennial International Shakespeare Conference held at the Shakespeare Institute. I contribute to the proceedings of various scholarly conferences, including the Shakespeare Association of America annual meeting. I have been a visiting lecturer at various universities in Britain, Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand.


Recent publications


Jowett, J 2019, 'The writing tables of James Roberts', The Library, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 64-88.

Jowett, J 2017, 'Shakespeare’s Metamorphosis', Shakespeare, vol. 13, pp. 318-332.

Jowett, J 2014, 'Disintegration, 1924', Shakespeare, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 171-187.

Jowett, J 2013, 'Ben Jonson, Complete Works', Cahiers Elisabethains, vol. 83, pp. 65-71.

Jowett, J 2012, 'A Collaboration: Shakespeare and Hand C in Sir Thomas More', Shakespeare Survey, vol. 65, pp. 255-68.

Jowett, J 2010, 'Shakespeare', Times Literary Supplement, no. 5592, pp. 6-6.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Jowett, J 2017, Exit Manuscripts: The Archive of Theatre and the Archive of Print. in P Holland (ed.), Shakespeare Survey 70: Creating Shakespeare. vol. 70, Shakespeare Series, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 113-122.

Jowett, J 2016, Printing, Publishing, Texts. in The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare. vol. 1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 323-335.

Jowett, J 2016, The Words of Mercury, the Songs of Apollo: Collaboration and the Making of Shakespeare. in S Alam & B Schaff (eds), Shakespeare im Spielgelkabinett: Zur produktiven Vielfalt seiner Rezeption. Universitätsverlag Göttingen, Göttingen, pp. 47-65.

Jowett, J 2015, Full Pricks and Great P’s: Spellings, Punctuation, Accidentals. in M Kidnie & SM (eds), Shakespeare and Textual Studies. Cambridge University Press, pp. 317-331.


Jowett, J 2013, Shakespeare as Collaborator. in P Edmondson & S Wells (eds), Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy. Cambridge University Press.

Book/Film/Article review

Jowett, J 2009, 'Shakespeare, "A Lover's Complaint," and John Davies of Hereford', Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 493-497.

Scholarly edition

Jowett, J, Taylor, G, Bourus, T & Egan, G (eds) 2017, The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, 2 vols. Oxford University Press.

Jowett, J, Taylor, G, Bourus, T & Egan, G (eds) 2016, The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works. Oxford University Press.

Jowett, J (ed.) 2011, Sir Thomas More. Arden Shakespeare, Methuen. <>

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