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Graham Holderness has taught at the universities of Oxford, Swansea, Roehampton and Hertfordshire. Most of his 40 published books focus on Shakespeare, with particular interests in Shakespeare’s history plays, Shakespeare and the media, Shakespeare editing, Shakespeare and contemporary culture and transnational Shakespeare. Recent publications include Shakespeare in Venice (2009) and the innovative new biography Nine Lives of William Shakespeare (Bloomsbury, 2011).

Graham Holderness

Graham Holderness

Influential publications include: D.H. Lawrence: History, Ideology and Fiction (1982); The Shakespeare Myth (1988); Shakespeare: The Histories (2000); and the trilogy Cultural Shakespeare: Essays in the Shakespeare Myth (2001), Visual Shakespeare: Essays in Film and Television (2002), and Textual Shakespeare: Writing and the Word (2003). Graham Holderness is also a novelist, poet and dramatist. His novel The Prince of Denmark was published in 2001; his poetry collection Craeft received a Poetry Book Society award in 2002; and his play Wholly Writ was recently performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, and by Royal Shakespeare Company actors in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Professor Emeritus Graham Holderness
University of Hertfordshire
AL10 9AB
United Kingdom
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Contributions to the Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive

  • Permissions acquisition for English subtitled videos of Sulayman Al-Bassam’s Shakespeare Trilogy:

The Al-Hamlet Summit

Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

The Speaker’s Progress (Twelfth Night)


  • Excerpt from ‘Silence Bleeds’ on translation (link coming soon)