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  • Richard Burt, Professor of Loser Theory has delivered invited papers at sessions of the Modern Language Association (1989, 1991, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016), the VII, VIII, IX, and X World Shakespeare Congresses in Valencia, Spain in 2002, Brisbane, Australia in 2006, Prague, in the Czech Republic in July 17 - 22, 2011, and in Stratford-Upon-Avon and London, July 31-August 5, 2016. Burt will be a keynote speaker, delivering three lectures at the 2nd Annual Shakespeare Swan Lectures Sponsored by CSS (Chongqing Shakespeare Society) & Center for Shakespeare Studies Southwest University, Chongqing, China April 15-19, 2019 and a fourth lecture at Hangzhou Normal University on April 21, 2019. Burt delivered "Posthumous Shakespeare: The Mourning After" at the Rose Theater, Kingston College London conference on "Infinite Jest: Shakespeare Afterlives" on March 11, 2018, at the invitation of of Richard Wilson. Burt spoke on "What the Dead Said: Posthumography and the Public Sphere" at the UCI Forum for the Academy and the Public in January 22-24, 2016 at the invitation of Amy Wilentz and on "MacDeth" at the HUDSON STRODE RENAISSANCE STUDIES SYMPOSIUM entitled "Why Isn’t Shakespeare Dead?" at the University of Alabama, February 27-28, 2016. Burt also delivered a plenary paper on Orson Welles' Filming Othello at Shakespeare: the Next 400 years" in Kronborg Castle, Elsisnore, Denmark, April 22-24, 2016. Burt has delivered plenary lectures and invited papers at the Japan Shakespeare Society (October 10-11, 2015); George Washington University (2014); "Robinson Crusoe in Asia," Tsukuba University, Tokyo, September 19-21, 2014; the University of the Philippines (2013); Wuhan University, China (2013); Tsukuba University, Tokyo (2012); Donghai University, Shanghai, China (2011); Central Taiwan University (2009) and National Taiwan University (2009 and 2014); the Shakespeare Association of America (2003 and 2008); the British Museum (2008); the ACLA (2008); and the Getty Research Center (1995). Burt has also delivered invited papers at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard University; Tufts University; New York University; Amherst College (Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought); the University of Michigan; the Free University in Berlin; the University of Jena; the University of Tübingen; the University of Morocco; the University of Rouen; the University of Kansas; the University of Reading; the University of Durham; Birbeck University, London; the University of Warwick; U.C. Irvine; the University of Lodz, Poland; the University of Alabama's Hudson Strode Lecture Series (2004; 2005; eventually, February 2016); Columbia University; and Arizona State University.
  • Richard Burt was a founding member of the Asian Shakespeare Society.



  • Authored:
  • Co-Authored:

    • What's the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare? Julian Yates, co-author. (New York and London:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • Forthcoming Books:
    • Loser Theory I: An Exhibition of the Complete Footnotes, and More!
    • "Filming Othello: Orson Welles’s Cinemal d’archive and the Post -Faux-Pas-Calypse of Philm. Under contract with Punctum Press, Dead Letters Office Series
    • Yours Posthumously: The Metaphysics of Publication

    Edited and Co-Edited Books:

    • Shakespeare, the Movie II:   Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD. Ed. Richard Burt and Lynda Boose (New York and London:   Routledge Press, 2003), xi, 340 pp.
    • Shakespeare After Mass Media. Ed. Richard Burt (New York and London: Palgrave, 2002).
    • The Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere. Ed. Richard Burt (Minneapolis, MN:  U of Minnesota P, 1994), xxx, 386 pp.   
    • Shakespeare, the Movie:   Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video. Ed. Lynda Boose and Richard Burt (New York and London:   Routledge Press, 1997), ix, 280 pp. Korean translation, 2001.
    • Enclosure Acts:   Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England. Ed. Richard Burt and John Michael Archer. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1994), x, 340 pp.
  • Online Monograph:
  • Chapters in Books:

Articles in Journals:

Co-Authored Articles:

    • "What's the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shak/x/espeare?" co-authored with Julian Yates, Renaissance Drama, n.s. 40 2012, 71-89.
    • "Certain Tendencies in Shakespeare Film Criticism," co-authored with Scott Newstock, Shakespeare Studies Vol. 38, special Forum on "After Shakespeare on Film." Ed. Gregory Semenza, 2010, 88-103.
    • "Suggested for Mature Readers: Deconstructing Shakespearean Value in Comic Books," co-authored with Josh Heuman, forthcoming in Shakespeare After Mass Media. Ed. Richard Burt (New York: Palgrave, 2002), 150-71.
    • "Knowing Better: Sex, Cultural Criticism, and the Pedagogical Imperative in the 1990s," co-authored with Jeffrey Wallen, Diacritics , "Texts / Contexts," Spring 1999, 29 (1): 72-91.
    • "Totally Clueless?: Shakespeare Goes Hollywood in the 1990s," co-authored with Lynda Boose, in Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video. (New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997), 8-22; reprinted in Timothy Corrigan, Ed. Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999), 340-56; reprinted in Sarah McLanahan. Ed. Shaping Discourses: Readings for University Writers , South Bend, IN: U of Notre Dame P, 2001; reprinted in William Shakespeare. Ed. Laura Marve (Greehaven, 2003).

Book Introductions :

    • "Shakespeare, the Movie, the Sequel: Popularizing the Plays on Film, Television, and DVD: Editors' Cut," in Shakespeare the Movie II. Ed. Richard Burt and Lynda E. Boose, (New York and London: Routledge Press, 2003), 1-13.
    • "To e- or not to e-? Schlockspeare in the Age of Electronic Mass Media," in Shakespeare After Mass Media. Ed. Richard Burt (New York: Palgrave, 2002), 1-32.
    • "The 'New' Censorship," in The Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere Ed. Richard Burt (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1994), xi-xxix.

Co-Authored Book Introductions :

    • "Shakespeare, the Movie." Co-authored with Lynda Boose, in Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film,TV, and Video (New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997), 1-7.
    • "Introduction," co-authored with John Michael Archer, in Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1994), 1-13.

Media Coverage and Interviews:

    • Interviewed by Mexican journalist Lucía Burbano on March 3, 2016 about Shakespeare and popular culture.
    • Interviewed by Ellen Lupton, columnist for the New York Times, and quoted in her blog July 13, 2010:
    • Interviewed by NY Times reporter Celia McGee for a story on Stephen Greenblatt's co-authored play Cardenio in April 2008. The story, "Shakespearean Brushes Up His Playwriting," was published on May 4, 2008.
    • Interviewed by Time magazine journalist Jumana Farourky for a story she was writing on "The Shakespeare industry," published in the March 27, 2006 international issue.
    • Interviewed by Sally Placksin, for MLA's radio program,"What's the Word?" on Al Pacino and Shakespeare. The interview took place on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 10:30am (EST). 
    • Interviewed by Krissy Clark of "Weekend America" (airs on more than 100 NPR stations around the U.S.) for a show about Shakespeare's Birthday, April 20, 2005.
    • Shakespeare, the Movie II profiled in UF Clasnotes, 2003.
    • Interviewed about "Shakespeare and America" on Chicago Public Radio's Odyssey, April 29, 2003.
    • Interviewed by reporter David Glenn of the Chronicle of Higher Education for a "Hot Type" story on the fate of the UMass Press, July 7, 2003. The story ran July, 2003.
    • National Public Radio interview (Chicago syndicated show "Odysessy" with host Gretchen Helfrich) on "Shakespeare in America," April 28, 2003.
    • Interviewed by Seattle Times reporter Misha Berson for a story on Shakespeare and business seminars. The story, "Once More into the Breach, Dear CEOs," ran August 18, 2002.
    • January 2001, interviewed by reporter Andy Brown for an issue of Literary Cavalcade devoted to Shakespeare and mass culture.
    • Quoted and discussed in "The Pound of Flesh," a story about Shakespeare pornography in Lingua Franca , Volume 11, No. 6 September 2001), 8-9. The story was reprinted on the front page of the London Independent newspaper on August 22, 2001.
    • Interviewed by, Jeet Heer, a reporter for the Toronto National Post , about Shakespeare and popular culture, August 14, 2001. The story ran on August 28, 2001.
    • June 14, 2000. Interviewed by a Brazilian newspaper journalist about Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares.
    • February 2000. Interviewed about Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares on GayBC radio, Seattle, Washington.
    • Interviewed by Scott Heller of The Chronicle of Higher Education in October 1998 about Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares for a "Hot Type" essay he wrote about both it and Harold Bloom's Shakespeare and the Invention of the Human .
    • Reader for Routledge Press, Blackwell Press, Cornell University Press, Princeton University Press, St. Martin's Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Minnesota Press, Wayne State University Press, Ashgate Press, Adaptation, Borrowers and Lenders, PMLA, and Renaissance Quarterly.

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What's the Worst Thing

You Can Do to Shakespeare?

Co-authored with Julian Yates Palgrave McMillan, 2013

Medieval and Eary Modern Film and Media

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)


Review in Parergon (click here)

"Burt is a creative scholar known for pushing the boundaries in his work, and this book accomplishes that with panache."

Review in Renaissance Quarterly by Melissa Croteau, Professor of English at California Baptist University

Review by Adam O’Brien in Bristol Journal of English Studies, 2014

"A marvelously rich and surprising book. Combining formal attentiveness with the giddy pleasures of the improbable detour, Burt's analysis of what he terms the 'philological uncanny' takes us from medieval illuminated manuscripts to digital media, from Shakespeare to spell-check, from the copyright page to the interpretive industry itself. By looking to the margins--the supplementary note, the anecdotal residue, the excrescent detail--Burt opens central, expansive questions about the logic of texts, about the character of historical time, even about the ongoing vexations of the academic unconscious."

-Christopher Pye, Professor of English, Williams College and author of The Regal Phantasm: Shakespeare and the Politics of Spectacle and The Vanishing: Shakespeare, the Subject, and Early Modern Culture

What if it were now possible to psychoanalyze our compulsive desire for historicism (old and new)? What if the arrival of the new media (computer screens, pdf, film, DVD, etc) with its complex paratextual apparatus made legible the unconscious filmic techniques of contemporary literary critics? Richard Burt's astonishingly ambitious Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media makes just this argument, moving effortlessly between seemingly disparate fields (historicism, film studies, and digital technologies) to offer a symptomatic reading of the "historicist uncanny." The book proceeds as a mesmerizing talking cure / trip to the movies that makes it possible to imagine all sorts of productively neurotic critical futures.

--Julian Yates, Associate Professor, Univ. of Delaware and author of Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance

Paperback (Corrected) 2010

Hardcover 2008


Unspeakable Shaxxxspeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture

Unspeakable ShaxxxspearesUnspeakable Shaxxxspeares

Hardcover 1998 / Paperback 1999


Licensed By Authority: Ben Jonson and the Discourses of Censorship

Licensed By Authority



Edited Books:

Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture



Shakespeare After Mass Media

Shakespeare After Mass Media



The Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere

The Administration of Aesthetics



Co-edited Books:

Shakespeare, the Movie II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video, and DVD

Shakespeare, the Movie 2



Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video

Shakespeare, the Movie



Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England



Guest Editor of "Movie Medievalism" issue of Exemplaria

9.2. (Summer 2007)