About

Shakespeare Quarterly (SQ) is a leading journal in Shakespeare studies, publishing highly original, rigorously researched essays, notes, and book reviews. Published for the Folger Shakespeare Library by the Johns Hopkins University Press, SQ is peer-reviewed and extremely selective. The essays in our published pages span the field, including scholarship about new media and early modern race, textual and theater history, ecocritical and posthuman approaches, psychoanalytic and other theories, and archival and historicist work. Our mission, simply put, is to present the best scholarship on Shakespeare from his own period to the present moment.The published journal is available in print and online through Project Muse. Our archive is available through JSTOR.

Our website (sq.folger.edu) highlights and showcases the content of current and upcoming published issues of the journal. It hosts supplemental materials that will give you a more robust engagement with the essays in our issues. Additionally, it features lively web-exclusive content—short, informal essays from eminent Shakespeareans; discussions about essays and book reviews published in our pages; interviews with authors and performers; performance reviews; and Letters to the Editor. Other than Letters to the Editor, sq.folger.edu does not feature unsolicited material, and—as with newspapers or magazines—we do not promise to publish each letter that we receive (though we do hope to receive many). Web-exclusive content, including Letters to the Editor, will be archived so that you can come back to it again and again.


I have been teaching and writing about Shakespeare for forty years. During that time, Shakespeare Quarterly has remained the gold standard for innovative scholarship on Shakespeare's works and on the broader field of early modern performance culture and theater history. It is clearly the premier journal in the field, notable both for the excellence of the articles and reviews it publishes and for the high standard of editorial work that goes into every issue. It is a privilege to be published in the journal, and it is an invaluable resource for every one of us, students and teachers alike, who work in the expansive field of early modern drama.

Jean E. Howard
George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

I am, I am embarrassed to confess, a highly irregular reader of the full array of scholarly journals in my field. But there is one journal that I eagerly anticipate and whose every issue I read in full: Shakespeare Quarterly. I have long relied on Shakespeare Quarterly as the place in which I will be able to encounter the most exciting contemporary research and to follow the ongoing debates in Shakespeare studies. The range of this particular journal is quite striking: it reaches across the globe; it encompasses both senior eminences and newly minted PhDs; it is interested in theory and in performance, in literary criticism and in fine-grained historical research. A pearl of great price, it confers distinction on those who edit it, on anyone who appears in its pages, and on the press that publishes it.

Stephen Greenblatt
John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities
Harvard University

For well over half a century Shakespeare Quarterly has been a forum for the most interesting and original work in Shakespeare studies. Hospitable both to established scholars and young people entering the field, consistently well edited and produced, it has encouraged work of impressively high quality, and is the first place to look for what is new and important in this increasingly populous discipline. Shakespeare Quarterly is a treasure; it is also indispensable.

Stephen Orgel
J. E. Reynolds Professor in Humanities
Department of English
Stanford University

For over a half century now, Shakespeare Quarterly has been the leading journal in the field. Under a succession of terrific editors, it has not only published the best scholarship but has also continued to define the ways in which Shakespeare and his works are understood. The day I first published in its pages was a thrilling one. I know that my own scholarly work, and those of my colleagues and students, would be greatly impoverished without it.

James Shapiro
Larry Miller Professor of English
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University