Professor Peter Holbrook

Professor and Director

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (UQ Node)
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
p.holbrook@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53215

Overview

Peter Holbrook is Professor of Shakespeare and English Renaissance Literature at the University of Queensland, and Director of the UQ Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800).

Peter’s research has focused on political, social, and philosophical aspects of English Renaissance literature, and on how numerous writers and thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (including Nietzsche, Thomas Hardy, and T.S. Eliot) have engaged with Shakespeare. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Individualism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010); Literature and Degree in Renaissance England: Nashe, Bourgeois Tragedy, Shakespeare (Newark, N.J. and London: University of Delaware Press, 1994); and English Renaissance Tragedy: Ideas of Freedom (London: Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2015). He is editor of a special issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook entitled Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited, and co-editor, with David Bevington, of The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). Shakespeare's Creative Legacies: Artists, Writers, Performers, Readers was co-edited with Paul Edmondson and appeared with Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare in 2016.

At the University of Queensland, Peter has taught a wide range of English literature from the medieval period to the present, including Shakespeare; Chaucer; Milton; tragedy; Romanticism; the history of literary criticism; Renaissance and other drama; and modern and contemporary writers. He has supervised numerous Honours and Postgraduate dissertations on a variety of topics. He has contributed to public debates on the teaching of English in Australia, serving as a member of the Learning Area Reference Committee (English) for the Queensland Studies Authority, from 2010 to 2011, and as a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, from 2006 to 2009. His work on literature and education has appeared many times in Australian print media and via broadcasts on ABC Radio National, and he has reviewed numerous academic publications for the Times Literary Supplement and other journals.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800); and he served as Chair of the International Shakespeare Association from 2011-2017. He is currently a member of the Association's Executive Committee.

Research Interests

  • English Renaissance literature, in particular Shakespeare

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • PhD, Yale University
  • Master of Philosophy, Yale University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne

Publications

  • Holbrook, Peter (2011) Endless mornings on endless faces: Shakespeare and Philip Larkin. Shakespeare Survey, 64 328-339. doi:10.1017/CCOL9781107011229.029

  • Holbrook, Peter (2011). Thomas Hardy. In Adrian Poole (Ed.), Scott, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy: Great Shakespeareans (pp. 139-183) London, United Kingdom: Continuum International Publishing Group.

  • Holbrook, Peter Shakespeare's individualism. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Cambridge University Press, 2010. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511675980

  • Holbrook, Peter (2006) Shakespeare, 'The cause of the people', and The Chartist Circular 1839-1842. Textual Practice, 20 2: 203-229. doi:10.1080/09502360600703112

  • Holbrook, Peter (2003) Shakespeare as a force for good. Shakespeare Survey, 56 56: 203-214.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2000) The left and 'King Lear'. Textual Practice, 14 2: 343-362. doi:10.1080/09502360050082659

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

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Book Chapter

  • Holbrook, Peter (2017). Foreword. In Andrea Bubenik (Ed.), Ecstasy: baroque and beyond (pp. 8-9) Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2017). Shakespeare and philosophy. In Jill L. Levenson and Robert Ormsby (Ed.), The Shakespearean world (pp. 512-527) New York: Routledge.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2017). Stevenson’s metaphysics. In Richard J. Hill (Ed.), Robert Louis Stevenson and the great affair: movement, memory and modernity (pp. 27-40) London: Routledge.

  • Edmondson, Paul and Holbrook, Peter (2016). Introduction: Great creating shakespeare. In Paul Edmondson and Peter Holbrook (Ed.), Shakespeare’s creative legacies: artists, writers, performers, readers (pp. 1-9) London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare.

  • Edmondson, Paul and Holbrook, Peter (2016). Introduction: great creating Shakespeare. In Paul Edmondson and Peter Holbrook (Ed.), Shakespeare's creative legacies: artists, writers, performers, readers (pp. 1-7) London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2016). Materialist and Political Criticism. In Bruce R. Smith (Ed.), The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (pp. 1774-1781) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2015). Afterword. In Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan (Ed.), Renaissance of emotion: understanding affect in Shakespeare and his contemporaries (pp. 264-272) Manchester, England: Manchester University Press.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2014). Foreword. In Andrea Bubenik (Ed.), Five centuries of melancholia () Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2014). Nietzsche's Shakespeare. In Jennifer Ann Bates and Richard Wilson (Ed.), Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy (pp. 76-93) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2014). Shakespeare, Montaigne, and classical reason. In Patrick Gray and John D. Cox (Ed.), Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics (pp. 261-283) New York, NY United States: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781107786158.016

  • Holbrook, Peter (2012). “Thy Servant Still”: Program Note. In Maria Aberg (Ed.), Royal Shakespeare Company production of King John () Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom: Swan Theatre.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2011). Shakespeare and poetry. In Mark Thornton Burnett, Adiran Streete and Ramona Wray (Ed.), The Edinburgh companion to Shakespeare and the arts (pp. 37-48) Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press. doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0003

  • Holbrook, Peter (2011). Thomas Hardy. In Adrian Poole (Ed.), Scott, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy: Great Shakespeareans (pp. 139-183) London, United Kingdom: Continuum International Publishing Group.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2008). Shakespeare and self-creation. In Dahiya, Bhim S. (Ed.), Shakespeare's Intellectual Background (pp. 151-164) New Delhi: Viva Books Private Limited.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2006). Ian Fairweather: Vision and abandonment. In S. Alderton (Ed.), Ian Fairweather: An Artist of the 21st Century (pp. 5-10) NSW: Lismore Regional Gallery.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2006). Introduction. In Graham Bradshaw and Tom Bishop (Ed.), The Shakespearean International Yearbook: Special section, Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited (pp. 5-20) Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2003). Class X: Shakespeare, Class and the Comedies. In R. Dutton and J. Howard (Ed.), A Companion to Shakespeare's Works, Volume III: The Comedies (pp. 67-89) Oxford, England: Blackwell.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2003). Dark Shakespeare. In Graham Bradshaw, John M. Mucciolo, Tom Bishop and Angus Fletcher (Ed.), The Shakespearean International Yearbook: Where are we now in Shakespearean studies? (pp. 115-127) Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Holbrook, Peter (2002). Shakespeare at the Birth of Historicism. In P. Kelly (Ed.), The Touch of the Real: Essays in Early Modern Culture (pp. 22-37) Crawley, WA: University of Western Australian Press.

  • Bevington, David and Holbrook, Peter (1998). Introduction. In David Bevington and Peter Holbrook (Ed.), Politics of the Stuart Court Masque (pp. 1-20) Cambridge United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Holbrook, Peter (1998). Jacobean pacifism and Jacobean masques. In David Bevington and Peter Holbrook (Ed.), The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque (pp. 67-87) Cambridge United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

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