Kiernan Ryan is Professor of English and Director of the Shakespeare MA at Royal Holloway, University of London and an Emeritus Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. His books include King Lear: Contemporary Critical Essays (1993), Shakespeare: The Last Plays (1999), Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts (2000), Shakespeare (3rd edition, 2002), Shakespeare’s Comedies (2009), and the Penguin Shakespeare edition of King Lear (2005, reissued as a Penguin Classic 2015), for which he wrote the introduction. His latest book is Shakespeare’s Universality: Here’s Fine Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2015). His next book, Shakespearean Tragedy, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016. Kiernan Ryan has lectured on Shakespeare at universities throughout Europe (Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland), in Egypt, Mexico and the United States. In 2012 he delivered the inaugural annual Public Shakespeare Lecture sponsored by the Abbey Theatre and University College Dublin, and in 2013 he delivered the Bateson Memorial Lecture on Shakespeare at the University of Oxford and the annual Public Shakespeare Lecture at the University of Hull. His broadcasting experience includes contributions to BBC Radio arts programmes, the OU/BBC series, Shakespeare: Text and Performance, for which he was the editorial consultant, and the on-screen commentary for BBC 4’s live broadcast of Measure for Measure from the Globe. He has also written for The Guardian and been a regular book reviewer for the Times Higher Education Supplement and the Independent on Sunday.
Shakespeare’s Universality: Here’s Fine Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2015)
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