Department of English

University of Toronto

Syme, Holger Schott

Holger Schott Syme
Associate Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTM)
UTM Office Phone: 905-828-3737Holger
UTM Office Location: Erindale Hall 308B
JHB Office Location: Room 905
Email: holger.syme@utoronto.ca  
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Teaching and Research Interests
Early modern English literature, esp. drama; theatre history; contemporary performance, esp. of classics; German theatre; history of the book; legal history; performance studies; literary and cultural theory and history; censorship; Shakespeare; Jonson; Kyd; Marlowe; Middleton; Webster. Büchner; Chekhov; Goethe; Horváth; Gorky; Ibsen; Kleist; Schiller.

Degrees
B.A. (Balliol, Oxford), A.M., Ph.D. (Harvard)

Publications

 Books
Theatre and Testimony in Shakespeare’s England: A Culture of Mediation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012; paperback 2014).

Locating the Queen’s Men, 1583-1603: Material Practices and Conditions of Playing, ed. Helen Ostovich, Holger Schott Syme, and Andrew Griffin (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).

Editions
Textual editor, Edward III, by William Shakespeare and Others, The Norton Shakespeare: Third Edition, ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2015) (in press).

Textual editor, The Book of Sir Thomas More, by Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, William Shakespeare and Others, The Norton Shakespeare: Third Edition, ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2015) (in press).

Articles
“Three’s Company: Alternative Histories of London’s Theatres in the 1590s,” Shakespeare Survey 65 (2012): 269-89.

“(Mis)representing Justice on the Early Modern Stage,” Studies in Philology 109 (2012): 63-85.

“The Meaning of Success: Stories of 1594 and Its Aftermath,” Shakespeare Quarterly 61 (2010): 490-524.

“Unediting the Margin: Jonson, Marston, and the Theatrical Page,” English Literary Renaissance 38.1 (2008): 142-71.

“The Look of Speech,” Textual Cultures 2.2 (2007): 34-60.

“Becoming Speech: Voicing the Text in Early Modern English Courtrooms and Theatres,” Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature, I/2003 (published 2007): 107-24.

Chapters in Books
“The Theatre of Shakespeare’s Time,” The Norton Shakespeare: Third Edition, ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2015), 93-118 (in press).

“Marlowe in his Moment,” Marlowe in Context, ed. Emily C. Bartels and Emma Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 275-84.

“Thomas Creede, William Barley, and the Venture of Printing Plays,” Shakespeare’s Stationers: Studies in Cultural Bibliography, ed. Marta Straznicky (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), 28-46.

“‘But, what euer you do, Buy’: Richard II as Popular Commodity,” Richard II: New Critical Essays, ed. Jeremy Lopez (London: Routledge, 2012), 223-44.

“Locating the Queen’s Men: An Introduction” (co-authored with Helen Ostovich and Andrew Griffin), Locating the Queen’s Men, 1583-1603: Material Practices and Conditions of Playing, ed. Helen Ostovich, Holger Schott Syme, and Andrew Griffin (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009; ISBN 0754666611), 1-23.

“Conjuration e Coniuratio: Testi e Congiure nel Julius Caesar di Shakespeare,” Cospirazioni, Trame: Quaderni di Synapsis II, ed. Simona Micali (Florence: Le Monnier, 2003), 173-86.

Other Contributions to Books
18 entries in The Greenwood Shakespeare Encyclopedia, ed. Patricia Parker, 5 vols. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming).

“General Bibliography,” The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al., second edition (New York: W. W. Norton, 2008), 3381-3407.

Other Publications
“Theaterbrief aus Toronto,” Junge Bühne 8 (2014), n.p.

Soulpepper: Requiem for a Dream,” The Charlebois Post – Canada, 11 November 2012.

Imaginary Targets,” Los Angeles Review of Books, 5 November 2012.
 
“How Shakespeare Could Write Shakespeare,” op-ed in the Montreal Gazette, 1 November 2011, p. A21.

Why is Shakespeare still so Popular?” Interview for the University of Toronto “Behind the Headlines” series

Producer, Performing the Queen’s Men    
(Educational multimedia tool developed with the support of a U of T Instructional Technology Courseware Development Grant, funds from the “Shakespeare and the Queen’s Men” SSHRC Research Creation Grant, and a McMaster Teaching and Learning Project Grant). Launched January 2009.

Frequent blog-posts at http://www.dispositio.net  

Work in Progress
Essays
“An Enemy of the People in Berlin and Toronto” (in progress, c. 8000 words)

“Shakespeare, the Chamberlain’s Men, and The Spanish Tragedy” (in progress, c. 6000 words)

“Contested Southwark: The Globe and the Rose in 1599” (in progress, c. 5000 words)

“The Peregrinations of Hand C” (in progress, c. 5000 words)

Books
Paper Stages: Theatre in Print in Shakespeare’s England (Research supported by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2010-14. Series of essays and online database of playbook annotations; in progress, with an anticipated launch date of 2018).

Bards in Business: London Theatre in the 1590s (A radically revisionist account of the theatrical scene of the 1590s, including chapters on Shakespeare’s company affiliation and the ownership of his early plays, the importance of playwrights such as Chapman, Dekker, Greene, and Munday, and the disparity between theatrical and literary popularity.)

Doing the Classics (A major, multi-disciplinary, international, and comparative study of the place of theatrical “classics” in contemporary performance practices and repertories in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada; the project will involve a major research-creation element. This is currently the primary focus of my research, with multiple research trips to the UK, Germany, and Austria, and many blog posts developing the parameters of the project.)


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