Brian Walsh


Visiting Associate Professor

B.A., (History and English), St. John Fisher College
M.A. and Ph.D (English Literature), Rutgers University

Brian Walsh specializes in Shakespearean drama, English Renaissance literature, and film adaptations of Shakespeare, as well as in modern and contemporary drama.

His latest book, Unsettled Toleration: Religious Difference on the Shakespearean Stage, was published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2016. Unsettled Toleration addresses the tricky concept of religious identity and the unstable development of religious toleration as it was enacted, queried, and arbitrated on the early modern stage in plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, and others. It investigates the ramifications of the uneasy accommodations—the unsettled forms of toleration—reached in those plays for the everyday spiritual, political, and social lives of Elizabethan and Jacobean English men and women.

His 2009 (paperback edition 2013) book Shakespeare, the Queen’s Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History (Cambridge UP), which won the 2010 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication at Yale, explores the ways that Shakespeare and his contemporaries used dramatic performance as a means to explore history: not merely the facts of history, or the topical uses to which it might be put, but the concept of history itself.

Walsh has edited a collection of essays on The Revenger’s Tragedy (Bloomsbury 2016) as part of the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides, and is the author of several articles on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He is currently researching and writing about recent developments in British theater, as well as about “Global” Shakespeare films.