Professor Gabriel Egan

Job: Professor of Shakespeare Studies

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7158




Personal profile

I am one of the General Editors of the New Oxford Shakespeare and a co-editor of the journals Shakespeare (for the British Shakespeare Association) and Theatre Notebook (for the Society for Theatre Research). I teach computational approaches to literary-historical textual analysis and the art of letter-press printing.

I welcome applications from PhD candidates wanting to undertake research on Shakespeare, early modern theatre history, computational approaches to textual analysis, editing, and cultural theory.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Textual Studies

Key research outputs

SCHOLARLY EDITION The New Oxford Shakespeare, 6 volumes (Oxford University Press, 2016-21)

JOURNAL ARTICLE "Attributing the Authorship of the Henry VI Plays by Word Adjacency" Shakespeare Quarterly 67 (2016): 232-56

MONOGRAPH Shakespeare and Ecocritical Theory (Arden Shakespeare, 2015)

MONOGRAPH The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text: Twentieth Century Editorial Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Areas of teaching

Computational stylistics; 16th-17th century plays in performance and as print editions


BA, MA, and PhD

Courses taught

Textual Studies Using Computers

Text Technologies

Membership of external committees

I chair the Advisory Board of Jisc Historical Texts, a UK state-owned rival to ProQuest's Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Gale Cengage's Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO) databases, based on the same images and data but cheaper and better.

I am an Arts and Humanities Research Council Strategic Reviewer

Membership of professional associations and societies

Shakespeare Society of America, 2004-, The largest Shakespeare society in the world

British Shakespeare Association, 2002-, Britain's Shakespeare association of which I am a trustee

Renaissance Society of America, 2006-, The world's largest society for Renaissance studies

Malone Society, 1996-, A small learned society dedicated to the publication of materials for the study of English Renaissance drama

Society for Theatre Society, 2002-, A small learned society dedicated to the study of the history and technique of British Theatre

The Tony Hancock Appreciation Society, 1998-. A cultural and discussion group dedicated to the betterment of mankind


I was Principal Investigator on the £312,012 AHRC-funded research "Shakespeare's Early Editions (SEE)" (which ran from 2016 to 2018) that explored the differences between the quarto and Folio versions of his plays to see if they can be quantified and explained in terms of textual corruption and authorial and non-authorial revision.

I was Principal Investigator on the two-year project "Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT)" (running from 2011 to 2013) which was a collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum to get tourists walking around and learning about the London sites where there were theatres 400 years ago. The project had £331,000 of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding.

Forthcoming events

I will give a paper on "The born-XML Shakespeare edition: The view from the New Oxford Shakespeare and the New Variorum Shakespeare" in the Renaissance English Texts Society (RETS) panel on 'Digital Editing' at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference at the Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto, 17-19 March 2019.

I will give a paper called "What's at stake when we accept or reject quantitative studies about Shakespeare?" in the panel 'From Theory to Data and Back' at the 47th annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America meeting in Washington DC on 17-20 April 2019.

I gave a paper called "Scholarly Method, Truth, and Evidence in Shakespearian Textual Studies'" at the International Shakespeare Confererence at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23-27 July 2018.

With my colleague Paul Brown I gave a paper called "'N-gram matching as a test for authorship, genre, and date-of-composition of London's early modern plays" at the conference 'Bridging Gaps, Creating Links: The Qualitative-Quantitative Interface in the Study of Literature' at the University of Padua on 7-9 June 2018.

Conference attendance

Too many to list: see my website for all past papers (available in full text download).

Recent research outputs

All my outputs are in DORA, the university's Institutional Repository

Consultancy work

I read prospective journal articles for Shakespeare QuarterlyDigital Scholarship in the HumanitiesReview of English Studies, and others.

I read proposals for monographs and scholarly editions for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Manchester University Press, Routledge, and others.

Current research students

Sally King "Adaptations of Cinderella", full-time PhD, 1st supervisor

Dimitrios Foukis "A Fuzzy-Logic Method for Shakespearian Authorship Attribution", full-time PhD, 1st supervisor

Eddie Burton "The Philosophies of Hamlet", part-time, 1st supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

See 'Projects' above

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