Dr. Edward Pechter

Professor Emeritus, English

Dr. Edward Pechter


My academic interests have been divided between practical criticism, focused mostly on Shakespeare but extending to other dramatic and non-dramatic writers chiefly in the Renaissance (Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Milton, Dryden, et al), and the ongoing history of criticism (ways in which people have written about and continue to write about literature).


BA, Cornell University
MA, University of California, Berkeley
PhD, University of California, Berkele


Selected Publications (since 1995)


Editor, “Othello”: A Critical Edition. 2nd edn. New York: W. W. Norton, 2017, xvii 398 pp. www.amazon.com

“Othello” and Interpretive Traditions .  Rpt. Iowa City:  University of Iowa Press, 2012.  xii 246 pp. www.amazon.com

Shakespeare Studies Today: Romanticism Lost. New York and Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, vii 256 pp. www.amazon.com

Dryden’s Classical Theory of Literature. Rpt. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2010, viii 225 pp. www.amazon.com

Editor, “Othello”: A Critical Edition.  New York:  W. W. Norton, 2004.  xvii 408 pp. www.amazon.com

Textual and Theatrical Shakespeare: Questions of Evidence.  Iowa City:  University of Iowa Press, 1996.  vii 266 pp. www.amazon.com 

What Was Shakespeare? Renaissance Plays and Changing Critical Practice.  Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1995.  xiv 200 pp. www.amazon.com


“Does It Matter That Quantitative Analysis Cannot Deal With Theatrical Performance?”. Memoria di Shakespeare. A Journal of Shakespeare Studies 7 (2020): 111-37

“Does Digital Technology Advance Our Understanding of Literary History?”. Archiv für das Studium der neuerenSprachen und Literaturen 257.2 (2020): 312-41. 

“Against Attribution.” Shakespeare Quarterly 69.4 (2018): 228–255.  

“Shakespeare Studies and Consciousness.” In Shakespeare and Consciousness, ed. Clifford Werier and Paul Budra. New York and Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 43-77.

“Shakespearean Tragedy: The Romantic Inheritance.” In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy, ed. Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 54-70.

“Character Criticism, the Cognitive Turn, and the Problem of Shakespeare Studies.” Shakespeare Studies 42. Madison and Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014, 196-228.

“‘Iago’s Theory of Mind’: A Response to Paul Cefalu.” Shakespeare Quarterly 64.3 (2013): 295-300.

“Shakespeare and the Bible: Against Textual Materialism,”  In Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book:  Contested Scriptures,  ed. Alan Galey and Travis DeCook.  London and New York:  Routledge, 2111, 96-112.

“‘Performance,’ ‘Culture,’ History.”  In Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance, ed. Patricia Badir and Paul Yachnin.  London:  Ashgate, 2008, 169-87.

“Crisis in Editing?”  Shakespeare Survey 59.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2006, 20-38.

“Misrepresentation, Ego, Nostalgia:  Misreading ‘Misreading the Postcolonial Tempest.’” Early Modern Culture 3 (2004):  10,900 words; http://eserver.org/emc/1-3/pechter_response.html.

“What’s Wrong With Literature?” Textual Practice 17:3 (2003): 205-26.

“Literary and Cultural Texts:  Why Shakespeare Studies should not be Peaceful.”  In The Shakespearean International Yearbook, Volume III, ed. Graham Bradshaw, Angus Fletcher and John Mucciolo.  Aldershot:  Ashgate, 2003, 103-14.

“‘Too Much Violence’:  Murdering Wives in Othello.”  In Women, Violence and English Renaissance Literature:  Essays Honoring Paul Jorgensen, ed. Linda Woodbridge and Sharon Beehler.  Tempe:  Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2003, 217-42.

“The Year's Work in Shakespeare:  Critical Studies.”  Shakespeare Survey 55 (2002):  336-66.

“Romanticism Lost:  Harold Bloom and the Twilight of Literary Shakespeare.”  In  Harold Bloom and the Interpretation of Shakespeare, ed. Christy Desmet and Robert Sawyer.  New York:  St. Martin's, 2001, 145-65.

“The Year's Work in Shakespeare:  Critical Studies.”  Shakespeare Survey 54 (2001):  297-328.

“The Year's Work in Shakespeare:  Critical Studies.”  Shakespeare Survey 53 (2000): 287-317.

“Why Should We Call Her Whore?  Bianca in Othello.”   In Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century:  The Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World Congress, Los Angeles, 1996, ed. Jonathan Bate, Jill Levenson and Dieter Mehl.  Newark and London:  University of Delaware Press and Associated University Presses, 1998, 364-377.

“All You Need Is Love (dah dahdah dahdah):  a Response to Margreta de Grazia,  Peter Stallybrass, Graham Holderness, Bryan Loughrey and Andrew Murphy.”  Textual Practice 11:2 (June 1997): 331-34. 

“Making Love to Our Employment; or, the Immateriality of Arguments about the Materiality of the Shakespearean Text.”  Textual Practice 11:1 (February 1997): 51-68. 

Othello, the Infamous Ripley and SHAKSPER.”  In Shakespearean Continuities:  Essays in Honour of E. A. J. Honigmann, ed. J. B. Batchelor, T. G. S. Cain and Claire Lamont.  London:  Macmillan, 1997, 138-49. 

“‘Have you not read of some such thing?’  Sex and Sexual Stories in Othello.”  Shakespeare Survey 49 (1996): 201-16.

Patient Grissil and the Trials of Marriage.”  Elizabethan Theatre XIV (1996): 83-108. 

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