Berkeley English Faculty

Jeffrey Knapp

Jeffrey Knapp

Professor
Ida Mae and William J. Eggers Chair in English

Wheeler Hall, room 401
By appt. (no in-person hours)
jknapp@berkeley.edu


Books
Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood
Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood

Shakespeare's plays were immensely popular in their own day -- so why do we refuse to think of them as mass entertainment? In Pleasing Everyone, Jeffrey Knapp opens our eyes to the uncanny resemblance between Renaissance drama and the incontrovertib....(read more)

Shakespeare Only
Shakespeare Only

Three decades of controversy in Shakespeare studies can be summed up in a single question: Was Shakespeare one of a kind? On one side of the debate are the Shakespeare lovers, the bardolatrists, who insist on Shakespeare’s timeless preeminence as an....(read more)

Shakespeare's Tribe: Church, Nation, and Theater in Renaissance England
Shakespeare's Tribe: Church, Nation, and Theater in Renaissance England

Most contemporary critics characterize Shakespeare and his tribe of fellow playwrights and players as resolutely secular, interested in religion only as a matter of politics or as a rival source of popular entertainment. Yet as Jeffrey Knapp demonst....(read more)

An Empire Nowhere: England, America, and Literature from Utopia to The Tempest
An Empire Nowhere: England, America, and Literature from Utopia to The Tempest

What caused England's literary Renaissance?  One answer has been that such unprecedented developments as the European discovery of America inspired English writers to "open up new worlds for the imagination."  Yet England in the sixteenth century wa....(read more)