Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

Hugh Macrae Richmond

Hugh Macrae Richmond


237 Wheeler
510 843-7528

Professional Statement

My current activity in research and teaching is chiefly concerned with the history of Shakespeare performance, as reflected in  Shakespeare's Theatre: a Dictionary of His Stage Context (Continuum International, 2002, 2004, and on the internet by Credo Reference) and in the website at: This website has just (August  2016) been thoroughl;y revised and restructured. My full personal bibliography can be found on that site. Similar updating has been completed in the site devoted to performances of John Milton at .Recently some of this material has been consolidated into a book entitled Shakespeare's Tragedies Reviewed: a Spectator's Role, published by Peter Lang on August 30  2015. Peter Lang also published in February 2018 an anthology of my Shakespeare essays over the last fifty years under the title Shakespeare Relocated: Studies in Historical Psychology. Fuller versions of my recent research can be found in my entry on the site  I continue to teach regularly for the UCB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, most recently on Milton, Shakespeare, and modern drama (2016, 2018) Several of my books have recently been reprinted or reviewed up to fifty years after publication, such as The School pf Love and Renaissance Landscapes.See also the review of Shakespeare's Sexual Comedy, below,


In 2020 Hugh Macrae Richmond received the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship for distinguished service to the campus. The award  is supported by an endowment from Edward A. Dickson, a former Regent of the University. The Professorship is awarded annually to an emeritus faculty member who has an outstanding record of post-retirement contributions in teaching, research, and public or University service.

Shakespeare's Sexual Comedy
Shakespeare's Sexual Comedy

 Goodreads Review: Hugh Richmond's Shakespeare's Sexual Comedy Bobbs Merrill, 1971 Also from Questia Library Showing 1-13 entries, 3 saying "it was amazing " = Average rating 5.00  · Rating details:  3 ratings; 1 review;  23 Likes · Good....(read more)

Shakespeare Relocated: Studies in Historical Psychology
Shakespeare Relocated: Studies in Historical Psychology

Hugh Richmond uses his previous published essays to illustrate the development of modern attitudes to religion, politics and sexuality. He traces the complex evolution from classical and medieval sources to Reformation and Renaissance ones by reviewi....(read more)

Writers and Their Mothers
Writers and Their Mothers

Writers and Their Mothers    Palgrave Macmillan  1 March 2018 Editor: Salwak, Dale (Ed.) Features contributions from a selection of world-famous authors and academics Includes some autobiographical and deeply personal meditations on the re....(read more)

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

“Shakespeare’s Navarre” in Shakespeare Criticism (Gale), vol. 137 (2011), 254-316


 “Paradise Lost as Oral Epic,” in Approaches to Teaching Milton's Paradise Lost,  Second Edition.  Editor: Peter C. Herman. New York:  Modern Languages Association, 2012, pp. 192-6.


"Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare vs. Lope de Vega," Shakespeare Newsletter, 61.3 (Winter, 2012), pp. 81, 92, 116-7. [Originally presented at I.S.A., Prague, 2011]

"Shakespeare in Performance," Shakespeare Forum (UCB English Ug. Soc.) Maude Fife Room, 19 April, 2014.


“Challenges and Rewards for Digital Humanities” World Shakespeare Congress. Stratford & London (Globe Playhouse & London University) 6 August, 3.45-5.15, 2016.

"Guide to Internet Resources: Teaching Shakespeare's Hisrtories Using the Internet."  Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's History Plays. Ed. Laurie Ellinghausen, New Yok. MLA, 2017. Pp.205-11.

Milton for Millenials: Sponsoring Digital Creativity” in Digital Milton ed. David Currell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp 225-42.

Shakespeare's Tragedies: a Spectator’s Role, New York: Peter Lang,         8/30/15: from web-site at


Shakespeare Relocated: Studies in Historical Psychology. New York: Peter Lang, 2018.

Current Research

I am currently working on upgrading our website at Shakespeare's Staging by the addition of digitalized versions of the recordings of our forty productions of plays by Shakespeare, Milton, Webster, Calderon, etc., hitherto available fragmentarialy on YouTube. This proces will be aided by the award of a Edward Dickson Emeriti Professorship for distinguished service to the Uniniversity.

English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.