Alan B. Farmer

Associate Professor of English
Affiliated Faculty in Italian



My research focuses on Shakespeare and early modern drama, the history of the book, England in the 1630s, seventeenth-century news and religious politics.

I have published articles on Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, early modern printed news, and the early modern English book trade. With Adam Zucker, I co-edited Localizing Caroline Drama: Politics and Economics of the Early Modern English Stage, 1625-1642 (Palgrave, 2006). And with Zachary Lesser, I co-created DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, an online searchable database of all printed plays from the early sixteenth century to 1660.

I am currently working on two book projects: a study of playbooks, newsbooks, and the politics of the Thirty Years' War in early modern England, and with Zachary Lesser a revisionist study of print popularity, entitled Print, Plays, and Popularity in Shakespeare's England.

Selected Publications

Areas of Expertise
  • History of the Book in Early Modern Europe
  • News Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • Venice in English, American, and European Literature
  • PhD, Columbia University, 2005