Journal History

Volume 1, Issue 1 of Shakespeare Quarterly is dated January 1950, with a cover identifying the journal’s publisher as the Shakespeare Association of America, based in New York City. (That organization was the forerunner of the current Shakespeare Association of America.)

In April 1972 on the occasion of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s fortieth anniversary, SQ was officially entrusted to the Folger Shakespeare Library, which has housed, produced, and supported the journal ever since. Now published for the Folger by Johns Hopkins University Press, SQ is available in print and online through Project MUSE . Our archive is available through JSTOR.

The World Shakespeare Bibliography (WSB) is the official bibliography for Shakespeare Quarterly and is produced by the Folger and the Department of English at Texas A&M University. Previously, the WSB was printed as a part of the journal. Today, the WSB is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related media, scholarship, and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide from 1960 to the present.

Listed below are the editors of SQ from its inception. The journal also has an Editorial Board of distinguished Shakespeare scholars who serve one five-year term as peer reviewers and advisors on matters of policy. The editors and editorial board meet yearly at the annual Shakespeare Association of America meeting.

James G. McManaway: 1951–Spring 1972
R. J. Schoeck: Summer 1972–Summer 1974
John F. Andrews: Fall 1974–Winter 1985
Barbara A. Mowat: Spring 1986–Winter 1997
Gail Kern Paster: Spring 1998–Fall 2009
David Schalkwyk: Fall 2009–Fall 2013
Gail Kern Paster: Winter 2013–present