Professor Eugene Giddens

Skinner-Young Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature

Course Leader, MA Children's Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: English literature

Eugene teaches and researches Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, children’s literature, history of the book, and masculinity studies.

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Areas of research supervision

Eugene has supervised eight Anglia Ruskin doctorates to completion and would be keen to hear from potential students interested in Renaissance studies or children’s literature.


  • PhD English, University of Birmingham
  • BA English, summa cum laude, Clemson University, South Carolina

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

British Academy Small Research Grant, ‘Revels Edition of James Shirley’s Hyde Park’, 2014, £1420.05.
HEA Discipline Workshop, ‘Postgraduate Teachers of English: Support, Recognition, and Integration’, £748, 2012-13.
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, research on Alice in Japan, £1000, 31 March-14 April 2012 – Co-investigator.
AHRC Block Grant Partnerships: Capacity Building Route, 1 October 2011-30 September 2014, approximately £200,000 in studentships – Principal Investigator.
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Fellowship 2010-2011, $3000.
British Academy Smaller Research Grant, The Shakespearean Play Text, 1 July 2009-1 October 2009, £1427.14.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, research on The Complete Works of James Shirley, 11 July 2009-25 July 2009, £1500.
U. S. National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend 2008, $6000.
English Subject Centre, support for Anglia Literary Society, 2007-8, £250.
AHRC Research Grant, The Complete Works of James Shirley, 1 April 2008-31 March 2014, £832,000 plus PhD studentships: Anglia Ruskin share, £344,000.
AHRC, Interdisciplinary Research Training Network, 2006-2008, £350 for Anglia Ruskin.
Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliography Fellowship, 2007-2008, for editorial work on James Shirley, $4,000.
British Academy Larger Research Grant, The Complete Works of James Shirley – Preparatory Research, March 2005-Sept. 2005, £14,042.

Selected recent publications

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William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, ed. Eugene Giddens, in The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al (New York and London: Norton, 2015).
Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History, co-authored 100,000-word book (New York and Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013).
A Handbook of Jonson Studies, ed. Eugene Giddens (Oxford: Oxford UP, online 2013-2015; print 2017).
The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, gen. eds. David Bevington, Martin Butler, Ian Donaldson, assoc. eds. Eugene Giddens and Karen Britland, 7 print volumes and electronic edition (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012).
How to Read a Shakespearean Play Text (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011).
Collections XVI (The Malone Society), gen. ed. Eugene Giddens (Manchester UP: Malone Society Publications, 2011).
William Shakespeare, Pericles, New Penguin Shakespeare, ed. Eugene Giddens (London: Penguin, 2008).
William Shakespeare, King John, New Penguin Shakespeare, ed. Robert Smallwood, revised with a new introduction by Eugene Giddens (London: Penguin, 2005).
The Roaring Girl and other City Comedies, ed. with an introduction by James Knowles and notes and glossary by Eugene Giddens, Oxford World’s Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
The Oxford Complete Works of James Shirley, gen. eds. Eugene Giddens, Teresa Grant, and Barbara Ravelhofer, 10 vols. (Oxford: Oxford UP, forthcoming 2015-2018); electronic edition (forthcoming 2016).
Collections XVII (The Malone Society), gen. ed. Eugene Giddens and Siobhan Keanan (Manchester UP: Malone Society Publications, 2016).
James Shirley, Hyde Park (Revels), ed. Eugene Giddens (Manchester: Manchester UP, forthcoming 2017).
‘Children’s Literature and Distant Reading’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature, ed. Maria Nikolajeva and Clementine Beauvais (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, forthcoming).
‘Shakespeare’s Texts and Editions’, The Shakespearean World, ed. Robert Ormsby and Jill Levenson (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
‘Digital Editions and Digital Delays: Electronic Editions of Renaissance Literature’, Book 2.0 (2011), 21-30.
Masculinity and Barbarism in Titus Andronicus’, Early Modern Literary Studies 14.1 (2011).
‘Editions and Editors’, in Jonson in Context, ed. Julie Sanders (Cambridge: CUP, 2009).
‘Pericles, the Afterlife’, in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Last Plays, ed. Catherine M. S. Alexander (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
‘The Final Stages of Printing Ben Jonson’s Works, 1640-41’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 97 (2003), 57-68.
Honourable Men: Militancy and Masculinity in Julius Caesar’, Renaissance Forum 5.2 (2001), 1-34. Reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism 105 (2007).
‘The Challenge to Duel in Jonson’s The Magnetic Lady,’, Notes and Queries 246 (2001), 314-15.
‘The Genesis of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus’, Literature and Theology 12 (1998), 341-9. Reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism 103 (2005).
The Wounds of Civil War and Antony and Cleopatra’, Notes and Queries 243 (1998), 346-7.
‘Calianax’s Challenge in The Maid’s Tragedy’, Notes and Queries 242 (1997), 523.