Jesse M. Lander


Associate Professor

Department Chair

Specialty: Shakespeare, Tudor-Stuart drama, Renaissance literature, history of books.

Degrees: B.A., Columbia College; B.A., Oxford University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University.

Along with the Introduction to Graduate Studies, Jesse Lander regularly teaches courses on Shakespeare, history of books, and humanism. He is especially interested in supervising students working on questions of historiography and historicism as well as textual studies and editorial theory.  In the Spring of 2010, Lander taught Mastering Research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a course designed to help students take advantage of the Folger’s unparalleled collection of early modern rare books and manuscripts.   Lander is currently preparing the text of 1 Henry IV for the 3rd edition of the Norton Shakespeare, writing a book provisionally entitled, "They Say That Miracles Are Past": Staging the Supernatural in Shakespeare's England, and researching a second book-length project on the history of Shakespeare quotation.


Recent Publications

  • Inventing Polemic: Religion, Print, and Literary Culture in Early Modern England. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • William Shakespeare, Macbeth(New York: Barnes and Noble, 2007)
  • “John Foxe and the History of Books,” New Ways of Looking at Old Texts IV: Papers of the Renaissance English Text Society, ed. Michael Denbo. Renaissance English Text Society, 2008.
  • “Historiography,” Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History ed. Brian Cummings and James Simpson. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Review of James Shapiro, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, Commonweal May 7, 2010.


Contact Information
234A Decio 
(574) 631-9908

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556