Alan Farmer

Alan Farmer

Alan Farmer

Associate Professor

614 247-8894

411 Denney Hall
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Popular culture in Renaissance England
  • News and cheap print
  • Film adaptations of Shakespeare


  • PhD, Columbia University

Alan B. Farmer's research focuses on Shakespeare and early modern drama, the history of the book, England in the 1630s, and seventeenth-century news. He is the author of articles on Shakespeare, Jonson, the early modern news trade, and the publication of Renaissance drama. He co-edited (with Adam Zucker) Localizing Caroline Drama: Politics and Economics of the Early Modern English Stage, 1625-1642 (Palgrave, 2006) (link). With Zachary Lesser, he created DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks (link), an online searchable database of all printed plays from the early sixteenth century to 1660, which was launched in November 2007. He is currently working on a book-length study of playbooks, newsbooks, and the politics of the Thirty Years' War in early modern England, and a second book (with Zachary Lesser) on Print, Plays, and Popularity in Shakespeare’s England. In addition to courses on Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, he often teaches courses on the history of the book and on "Shakespeare and Film."