Brett Gamboa

Assistant Professor of English

Brett Gamboa received his PhD from Harvard University in 2010. His essays on Shakespeare and other dramatists have appeared in several journals and books, and his book on theatrical doubling, Shakespeare's Double Plays: Dramatic Economy on the Early Modern Stage, is available from Cambridge University Press. He authored performance-oriented introductions for the 40 plays collected in The Norton Shakespeare, drawing on expertise as both a scholar and theater director. In addition to early modern literature, Gamboa teaches and writes about modern drama, lyric poetry, and contemporary television. Current projects include editing Much Ado About Nothing for Norton Critical Editions, working on two essay collections, and a second monograph on Shakespeare.

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies
A.B. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

Shakespeare's Double Plays: Dramatic Economy on the Early Modern Stage. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“Shakespeare Refinished: The Audience as Nahum Tate,” Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture, special issue edited by Michael Neill and Schalkwyk, vol. 26, no. 52 (2016). 16-32.

King Lear, Heartbreak House, and the Dynamics of Inertia” for SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. 35.1, Spring, 2015.

“Performance Notes,” for The Norton Shakespeare (Third Edition), ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al. (New York: Norton), 2015.

‘‘Dwelling in doubtful joy’: Macbeth and the Aesthetics of Disappointment," Macbeth: Arden Critical Currents , ed. Ann Thompson (London: Methuen), 2014

"'Is't real that I see': Staged Realism and the Paradox of Shakespeare's Audience," Shakespeare Bulletin, 31.4, Winter 2013. 

“Letting Unpleasantness Lie: Counter-intuition and Character in The Merchant of Venice ,” in Shakespeare’s Sense of Character – On the Page and From the Stage , ed. Yu Jin Ko and Michael Shurgot, (Aldershot: Ashgate), 2012.

“Having it Both Ways in Juliet’s ‘Gallop apace’ Speech” in Shakespeare Up Close, ed. Russ McDonald, Nicholas Nace and Travis Williams, (London: Methuen), 2012.

Works in Progress

Shakespeare's Things  (essay collection on Shakespeare and New Materialism, co-edited with Lawrence Switzky, University of Toronto)