Professor Eugene Giddens

Skinner-Young Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature

Course Leader, MA Children's Literature

Affiliated with StoryLab Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Research Supervision:Yes

Eugene teaches and researches Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, children’s literature, history of the book, and masculinity studies.

Areas of research supervision

Eugene has supervised eight Anglia Ruskin doctorates to completion and would be keen to hear from potential students interested in Renaissance studies or children’s literature.


  • PhD English, University of Birmingham
  • BA English, summa cum laude, Clemson University, South Carolina

University prizes

  • Anglia Ruskin Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research (2015)
  • Anglia Ruskin Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Supervision (2013)
  • Anglia Ruskin University Teaching Fellow (2012)

PhDs supervised to completion

  • Melissa Hudler, ‘The Rhetoric of Stasis, Gesture, and Dance in Renaissance Literature’, Anglia Ruskin University PhD (2014)
  • Joanne Vine, ‘Staging Childhood: Properties in the plays of Jonson, Marston, and Chapman, 1599-1614’, Anglia Ruskin University PhD (2013)
  • Ian Burrows, ‘Early Modern Play Text Punctuation’, Anglia Ruskin University PhD (2012). AHRC funded
  • Jean Lambert, ‘The Figure of the Pedant on the Early Modern Stage’, Anglia Ruskin University PhD (2011)
  • Lynsey McCulloch, ‘Animated Statuary in Early Modern Drama’, Anglia Ruskin University PhD (2010)
  • David Ryan, PhD by Publication in Fine Art: ‘Rethinking Abstraction’, Anglia Ruskin University PhD (2009)
  • Justine Williams, ‘James Shirley’s Irish Drama’, Warwick University PhD, second supervisor and first supervisor as maternity cover (2009)
  • Alexandra Hobbs, ‘Masculinity in John Irving and Philip Roth’, Anglia Ruskin University PhD, second supervisor (2009)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • EU Horizon 2020, Marie Curie Research Fellowship for Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak of Wroclaw University for ‘ChildAct: Shaping a Preferable Future: Children Reading, Thinking and Talking about Alternative Communities and Times’, 2017-18, €97,727.40.
  • Harvard University, Katherine F. Pantzer Bibliographical Fellowship, 2016-17, awarded for three months, one taken, $3600.
  • Children’s Literature Association of America, Faculty Research Grant, ‘Visualising Childhood, 1850-1910’, 2016, $1480.
  • British Academy Small Research Grant, ‘Revels Edition of James Shirley’s Hyde Park’, 2014, £1420.05
  • HEA Discipline Workshop, ‘Postgraduate Teachers of English: Support, Recognition, and Integration’, 2012-13, £748
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, research on Alice in Japan, £1000, 31 March-14 April 2012 – Co-investigator, £1000
  • AHRC Block Grant Partnerships: Capacity Building Route, 1 October 2011-30 September 2014, approximately £200,000 in studentships – Principal Investigator
  • Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Fellowship 2010-2011, $3000
  • British Academy Smaller Research Grant, The Shakespearean Play Text, 1 July 2009-1 October 2009, £1427.14
  • The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, research on The Complete Works of James Shirley, 11 July 2009-25 July 2009, £1500
  • U. S. National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend 2008, $6000
  • English Subject Centre, support for Anglia Literary Society, 2007-8, £250
  • AHRC Research Grant, The Complete Works of James Shirley, 1 April 2008-31 March 2014, £832,000 plus PhD studentships: Anglia Ruskin share, £344,000
  • AHRC, Interdisciplinary Research Training Network, 2006-2008, £350 for Anglia Ruskin
  • Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliography Fellowship, 2007-2008, for editorial work on James Shirley, $4,000
  • British Academy Larger Research Grant, The Complete Works of James Shirley – Preparatory Research, March 2005-Sept. 2005, £14,042

Selected recent publications

  • ‘Children’s Literature and Distant Reading’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature, ed. Maria Nikolajeva and Clementine Beauvais (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2017).
  • ‘Shakespeare’s Texts and Editions’, The Shakespearean World, ed. Robert Ormsby and Jill Levenson (London: Routledge, 2017).
  • ‘Recent Studies in Ben Jonson’, Shakespeare (2016).
  • Collections XVII (The Malone Society), gen. ed. Eugene Giddens and Siobhan Keanan (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016).
  • William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, ed. Eugene Giddens, in The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al (New York and London: Norton, 2015).
  • Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History, co-authored 100,000-word book (New York and Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013).
  • Two Lamentable Tragedies (The Malone Society), ed. Chiaki Hanabusa, gen. ed. Eugene Giddens, (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2013).
  • The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, gen. eds. David Bevington, Martin Butler, Ian Donaldson, assoc. eds. Eugene Giddens and Karen Britland, 7 print volumes and electronic edition (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012). 
  • How to Read a Shakespearean Play Text (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011).
  • Collections XVI (The Malone Society), gen. ed. Eugene Giddens (Manchester UP: Malone Society Publications, 2011).
  • William Shakespeare, Pericles, New Penguin Shakespeare, ed. Eugene Giddens (London: Penguin, 2008).
  • William Shakespeare, King John, New Penguin Shakespeare, ed. Robert Smallwood, revised with a new introduction by Eugene Giddens (London: Penguin, 2005).
  • The Roaring Girl and other City Comedies, ed. with an introduction by James Knowles and notes and glossary by Eugene Giddens, Oxford World’s Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • ‘Digital Editions and Digital Delays: Electronic Editions of Renaissance Literature’, Book 2.0 (2011), 21-30.
  • Masculinity and Barbarism in Titus Andronicus’, Early Modern Literary Studies 14.1 (2011).
  • ‘Editions and Editors’, in Jonson in Context, ed. Julie Sanders (Cambridge: CUP, 2009).
  • ‘Pericles, the Afterlife’, in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Last Plays, ed. Catherine M. S. Alexander (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). 
  • ‘The Final Stages of Printing Ben Jonson’s Works, 1640-41’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 97 (2003), 57-68.
  • ‘Honourable Men: Militancy and Masculinity in Julius Caesar’, Renaissance Forum 5.2 (2001), 1-34. Reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism 105 (2007).