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Professor Grace Ioppolo FSA – University of Reading

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Professor Grace Ioppolo FSA

Professor Grace Ioppolo
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My teaching focuses principally on Shakespeare and his contemporary dramatists, including textual studies, bibliography and the transmission of an early modern play from author to stage to print. I also work on the manuscripts of prominent early modern women, including Queen Elizabeth I and Lady Penelope Rich. I am convenor of the School of Literature and Languages Research Group on Theatre History and Performance Studies, which has brought such distinguished speakers as Ben Crystal, Samantha Ellis, David Oakes and Farah Karim-Cooper to campus.

Follow me on Twitter @ProfShakespeare

My MA Seminar teaching includes 'Text and Textuality'. For more details of my teaching please see Grace Ioppolo Teaching, Convening and Supervision

My monograph, Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse, was named one of the 'best books of 2006' in the Times Literary Supplement. Details of all my publications:ell-edward-alleyn Grace Ioppolo Publications

I am the Director and Founder of The Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project (,co-sponsored by the University of Reading and King's College London's Centre for Computing in the Humanities, which has made the single largest manuscript collection on early modern English theatre production and performance available as an electronic archive and website.

For podcasts of my recent conference please see Who invented Shakespearean theatre?

Academic affiliations:

Ordinary Fellow, The Society of Antiquaries of London; Ordinary Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce;  Academic Representative, The User Advisory Group, The National Archives Kew; Elected Member, The Bibliographical Society; Elected Member, International Association of University Professors of English; Member, Modern Language Association;  Member, The Malone Society.

For fuller details of my research activities please see Grace Ioppolo Publications

My comments on Tom Stoppard, the British Library and other topics have been featured this year in the Times and the Evening Standard, among other newspapers.


For some brief films on my research into Henslowe and Alleyn, please see:


I was recently heard on the BBC World Service:

Professor Ioppolo on the BBC

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2012 conference:

Who invented Shakespearean theatre?

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