B.A., Dartmouth College, 1971
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977
At Yale since 1976
Field: 16th- and 17th-century British Literature
Special interests/Authors: Shakespeare and Tudor-Stuart drama; literature and society; history of rhetoric and literary criticism; continental Renaissance.
Lawrence Manley’s fields of interest include the poetry, prose, and drama of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain, with a particular emphasis on literature and society, theater history, intellectual history, and the classical foundations of the English literary and critical traditions. A former chair of the interdisciplinary program in Renaissance Studies, he is the author of Literature and Culture in Early Modern London (1995) and Convention, 1500-1750 (1980), which won the René Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is the editor of London in the Age of Shakespeare: An Anthology (1986) and a contributor to The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature, and The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama. His current project, called “Reading Repertory,” examines Shakespeare’s plays in relation to the non-Shakespearean plays in the repertories of the companies with which Shakespeare was associated.