Faculty of Arts - English, Drama and Writing Studies

Emeritus Professor Michael Neill

MA (Otago), PhD (Camb)

Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor Michael Neill

English, Drama and Writing Studies, Humanities

Email: m.neill@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 87094 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

Arts 1 Building
14a Symonds St
Level 6
Room 631

Research interests

Shakespeare, 16th and 17th century drama, literature of Early Modern nationalism and imperialism, post-colonial and Irish literature.


Recent publications

A. Books and editions

1. In print

1. MacD. P. Jackson and Michael Neill (eds.), The Selected Plays of John Marston (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986).

2. Michael Neill (ed.), John Ford: Critical Re-visions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 287 pp.

3. Michael Neill (ed.), Anthony and Cleopatra, The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994; World's Classics Paperback, 1994), 388 pp. (Introduction, 130 pp.).

4. Michael Neill, Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997; paperback repr. 1998), xiii + 404 pp.

5. Michael Neill, Putting History to the Question: Power, Politics, and Society in English Renaissance Drama (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000; paperback repr. 2002), 525 + xivpp.

6. Michael Neill, 'Servile Ministers': Othello, King Lear and the Sacralization of Service (Vancouver: University of British Columbia/Ronsdale Press, 2004), 30 pp.

7. Michael Neill (ed.) Othello, the Moor of Venice, The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006; World's Classics Paperback, 2006), 491 pp. (Introduction, 179 pp.).

8. Michael Neill (ed.), Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Changeling, New Mermaids(London: A&C Black, 2006), 135 pages (Introduction, 38 pp.).

9. Edition of Massinger's The Renegado (Arden Renaissance Drama, 2007).

ii. under contract

10. J.M. Coetzee's Austerities: New Critical Essays, co-edited with Graham Bradshaw, to be published by Ashgate, 2008/9.

B. Contributions to books

i. in print

1. Introduction to Greg McGee, Foreskin's Lament (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1981).

2. Introduction to Maurice Shadbolt, Once on Chunuk Bair (Auckland: Hodder and Stoughton, 1982).

3. "Monuments and Ruins as Symbols in The Duchess of Malfi," in James Redmond (ed.), Drama and Symbolism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982), 71-87.

4. "Remembrance and Revenge: Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Tempest," in Ian Donaldson (ed.), Jonson and Shakespeare (London and Canberra: Macmillan/HRC, 1983), 33-66.

5. "'The Tongues of Angels': Charity and the Social Order in The City Madam", in Douglas Howard (ed.), Philip Massinger: A Critical Reassessment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984), 193-220.

6. "Exeunt with a Dead March: Funeral Pageantry on the Shakespearean Stage," in David Bergeron (ed.), Pageantry in the Shakespearean Theatre (Athens, Ga: University of Georgia Press, 1985), pp 154-93.

7. Introduction to Michael Neill (ed.), John Ford: Critical Re-visions, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp 1-9.

8. "'What Strange Riddle's This?': Deciphering 'Tis Pity She's a Whore," in Michael Neill (ed.), John Ford: Critical Re-visions, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp 153-179.

9. "'Groping Behind a Mirror': Some Versions of the Other in South African Writing," in Geoffrey V. Davis (ed.), Crisis and Conflict. Essays on Southern African Literature, (Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 1990), pp 157-82.

10. "Grinning at Death: Funeral Motifs in Renaissance Comedy", in Linda Woodbridge (ed.) True Rites and Maimed Rites (University of Illinois Press, 1992), pp 47-74.

11. "Hamlet: A Modern Perspective," in Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine (eds.), Hamlet, The Folger Shakespeare (New York: Washington Square Press, 1992), pp 307-26.

12. Interview with Albert Wendt in In the Same Room: Conversations with New Zealand Writers, ed. Mark Williams and Elizabeth Alley (Auckland University Press 1992).

13. "Henry V: A Modern Perspective", in Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine (eds.), Henry V, The Folger Shakespeare (New York: Washington Square Press, 1995), pp 253-78.

14. "Shakespeare and Translation," in R.B. Parker and S.P. Zitner (eds.), Elizabethan Theater: Essays in Honor of S. Schoenbaum (Newark: Delaware University Press, 1996), pp 290-308

15. "Postcolonial Shakespeare: Writing Away from the Centre" in Martin Orkin and Ania Loomba (eds.), Shakespeare/Postcoloniality (London: Routledge, 1998), pp 164-85.

16. "Shakespeare Upside Down," in World and Stage, festschrift for Professor Colin Gibson, Otago Studies in English 6 (Dunedin: University of Otago, 1998), pp 135-58.

17. "Death", in Michael Dobson (ed), Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp 107-8.

18. "'He that thou knowest thine': Friendship and Service in Hamlet," in Richard Dutton and Jean Howard (eds), A Companion to Shakespeare's Works: Volume 1, The Tragedies (Malden, Ma. and Oxford: Blackwell, 2003), pp 319-38.

19."William Shakespeare", in Robert Kastenbaum (ed.) The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying (New York: Macmillan, 2003), pp 759-762

20. '"His master's ass': Slavery, Service, and Subordination in Othello," forthcoming in Stanley Wells and Tom Clayton (eds) Shakespeare in the Mediterranean (Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 2004), pp 215-29.

21. Entry on John Ford (7,000 words) in The New Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

22. "'Servile Ministers': Othello, King Lear and the Sacralization of Service," forthcoming in Words That Count: Essays on Early Modern Authorship in Honor of MacDonald P. Jackson, ed. Brian Boyd (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2004), pp 161-180.

23. "'The Language of the Heart': Confession, Metaphor, and Grace in J. M. Coetzee's Age of Iron," in Colin Gibson and Lisa Marr (eds.), New Windows on a Woman's World: Scholarly Writing in Honour of Jocelyn Harris (Dunedin: University of Otago English Department, 2005), pp 515-43.

24. "'As loose and free as nature': Etherege, Dryden and the 'Perfection of Art'," in A. Michie and E. Buckley (eds.), Style: Essays on Renaissance and Restoration Literature and Culture in Memory of Harriett Hawkins (Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 2005), 181-201.

25. "The Revenger's Tragedy," in Garrett Sullivan, Writers of the English Renaissance, Vol 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), pp 164-76

26. "Othello and Race," in Peter Erickson and Maurice Hunt (eds), Approaches to Teaching Othello (New York: MLA, 2005), pp 37-52

27. "Revenge Tragedy," in Rebecca Bushnell (ed), A Companion to Tragedy (Blackwell, 2005), pp. 328-350

28. "Turn and Counterturn: Merchanting, Apostasy and Tragicomic form in Massinger's The Renegado," in Subha Mukerjee and Raphael Lyne (eds.), Early Modern Tragicomedy (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007), pp 154-174.

ii. in press

29. Essay on Anthony and Cleopatra for Patricia Parker (ed.) Shakespeare Encyclopedia.

iii. under contract

30. Essay on Shakespearean Tragedy for Stanley Wells and Margareta de Grazia (eds), Shakespeare Companion

C. Articles 

i. in print

1. "Ford and Gainsford," Notes and Queries, 15 (1968), 253-5.

2. "Dylan Thomas's "Tailor Age'," Notes and Queries, 17 (1970), 59-63.

3. "'The Simetry which Gives a Poem Grace': Masque, Imagery and the Fancy of The Maid's Tragedy," Renaissance Drama, n.s. 3 (1970), 111-35.

4. "New Light on 'The Truth' in The Broken Heart," Notes and Queries 22 (1975), 249-50.

5. "Shakespeare's Halle of Mirrors: Play, Politics and Psychology in Richard lll," Shakespeare Studies, 8 (1975), 99-129.

6. "'Anticke Pageantrie': The Mannerist Art of Perkin Warbeck," Renaissance Drama, n.s. 7 (1976), 85-106.

7. "The Moral Artifice of The Lovers Melancholy," English Literary Renaissance 8 (1978), 85-106.

8. "'Wits Most Accomplished Senate': The Audience of the Caroline Private Theatres," Studies in English Literature, 18 (1978), 85-106.

9. "Massinger's Patriarchy: The Social Vision of A New Way to Pay Old Debts," Renaissance Drama, 10 (1979), 185-213.

10. "Ford's Unbroken Art: The Moral Design of The Broken Heart," Modern Language Review, 75 (1980), 249-68.

11. "Styles of Greatness: The Hero in English Mannerist Drama," Miscelleanea Musicologica, 11 (1980), special issue on Mannerism, 66-83.

12. "The Defense of Contraries: Skeptical Paradox in A King and No King," Studies in English Literature, 22 (1981), 319-32.

13. "Guerrillas and Gangs: Frantz Fanon and V.S. Naipaul," Ariel 13 (1982), 21-62.

14. "'Heroic Heads and Humble Tails': Sex, Politics, and the Restoration Comic Rake," The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 24 (1983), 115-39.

15. "Changing Places in Othello," Shakespeare Survey 37 (1984), 115-31.

16. "Coming Home: Teaching the Post-Colonial Novel," Islands n.s. 2 (1985), 38-53.

17. "Horned Beasts and China Oranges: Reading the Signs in The Country Wife", in Jocelyn Harris (ed.), Studies in the Eighteenth Century 7, Papers presented at the Seventh David Nichol Smith Seminar, Eighteenth Century Life, 12 (1988), 3-17.

18. "'Unproper Beds': Race, Adultery and the Hideous in Othello," Shakespeare Quarterly 40 (1989), 383-412.

19. "Translating the Present: Language, Knowledge, and Identity in Nadine Gordimer's July's People," Journal of Commonwealth Literature 25 (1990), 71-97.

20. "'Hidden Malady': Death, Discovery, and Indistinction in The Changeling," Renaissance Drama n.s. 22 (1992), 95-121.

21. "'In Everything Illegitimate': Imagining the Bastard in Renaissance Drama," Yearbook of English Studies 23, 1993, pp 270-92.

22. "Broken English and Broken Irish: Language, Nation and the Optic of Power in Shakespeare's Histories," Shakespeare Quarterly 45 (1994), 1-32.

23. "Putting History to the Question: an Episode of Torture at Bantam in Java, 1604," ELR 25 (1995), 45-75.

24. "Amphitheaters in the Body: Playing with Hands on the Shakespearean Stage," Shakespeare Survey 48 (1995), 23-50.

25. "'Cuckolds are a-coining': Bastardy, Counterfeiting, and Misogyny in The Revenger's Tragedy," Studies in English Literature 36 (1996), 397-416.

26. "Stripped to the Bone: The Nakedness of Death," Journal of Theatre and Drama 3 (1997), 83-91.

27. "'This Gentle Gentleman': Social Change and the Language of Status inArden of Faversham," Medieval and Renaissance Drama 10 (1998), 73-97.

28. "Shakespeare Upside Down," Poetica 50 (1998), 127-48.

29. "Morphew, Leprosy, and the Date of Marston's Antonio and Mellida" (with MacD.P. Jackson), Notes and Queries 243 (1998), 358-60.

30. "Mulattos, Blacks and Indian Moors: Othello and Early Modern Constructions of Human Difference," Shakespeare Quarterly 49 (1998), 361-74

31. "'Materiall flames': The Space of Mercantile Fantasy in John Fletcher's The Island Princess.

32. "Servant Obedience & Master Sins: Shakespeare and the Bonds of Service," Proceedings of the British Academy (1999).

33. "Mantles, Quirks, and Irish Bulls: Ironic Guise in Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent. Review of English Studies, ns.52 (2001), 76-90.

34. "From the Editor,' Shakespeare Quarterly, 52, 4 (Winter, 2001), iii-x.

35. '"A woman's service": Gender, Subordination, and the Erotics of Rank in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries,' Shakespearean International Yearbook 5 (2005), 127-44. 

36. 'Noises, Sounds, and Sweet Airs': The Burden of Shakespeare's Tempest,' Shakespeare Quarterly 59 (Spring, 2008)

ii. accepted for publication

37. 'The Look of Othello,' Shakespeare Survey 2009

D. Anthologised articles

i. in print

1. "'Wits Most Accomplished Senate': The Audience of the Caroline Private Theatres," (C8) in Bibliotheca Shakespeareana, a microfiche collection published by Microforms International (Oxford and New York, 1986-9).

2. "Massinger's Patriarchy: The Social Vision of A New Way to Pay Old Debts", (C9) in Harold Bloom (ed.), Modern Critical Views: Elizabethan Dramatists (New York: Chelsea House, 1986).

3. "Shakespeare's Halle of Mirrors: Play, Politics and Psychology in Richard lll," (C5) in Harold Bloom (ed.), Modern Critical Interpretations: Richard lll (New York: Chelsea House, 1988).

4. "'Unproper Beds': Race, Adultery and the Hideous in Othello," (C17) in Shakespeare Criticism 13, Yearbook 1989.

5. "Changing Places in Othello," (C15) in Harold Bloom (ed.), Major Literary Characters: Iago, (New York: Chelsea House, 1992).

6. "'Unproper Beds': Race, Adultery and the Hideous in Othello," (C17), in David Young (ed.), Shakespeare's Middle Tragedies: Twentieth Century Views (New York: Prentice Hall, 1993), 117-45.

7. "'Unproper Beds': Race, Adultery and the Hideous in Othello," (C17), in Anthony Gerard Barthelemy (ed.), Critical Essays on Shakespeare's 'Othello' (New York: G.K.Hall, 1994), pp 187-215.

8. "Broken English and Broken Irish: Language, Nation and the Optic of Power in Shakespeare's Histories," in Shakespeare Criticism 19, Yearbook 1995.

9. "Broken English and Broken Irish: Language, Nation and the Optic of Power in Shakespeare's Histories," in Stephen Orgel and Sean Keilen (eds.) Political Shakespeare (New York: Garland, 1999), pp 191-32.

10. "Mulattos, Blacks and Indian Moors: Othello and Early Modern Constructions of Human Difference," in Shakespeare Criticism 53, 2000, pp 289-98.

11. "'What Strange Riddle's This?': Deciphering 'Tis Pity She's a Whore" (London: Palgrave, 2001), pp 229-254.

12. "'Unproper Beds': Race, Adultery and the Hideous in Othello," (C17) in Othello, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Edward A. Pechter (Norton: New York, 2004), pp 306-28.

13. "From Anxieties of Ending" (Chapter 5 of Issues of Death), in Christopher Marlowe, Dr Faustus, ed. David Scott Kastan (Norton: New York, 2005), pp 332-6.

E. Reviews

i. in print

1. "Beginning in the Theatre: Michael Morrissey's Exorcisms," Islands, 7 (1979), 421-5.

2. Review of Andrew Gurr, Writers in Exile, SPAN (1983), 71-8.

3. Review of Greg McGee, Out in the Cold, Australasian Drama Studies 3 (1984), 82-6.

4. Review of Robert Markley and Laurie Finke, From Renaissance to Restoration: Metamorphoses in the Drama, Genre, 18 (1985), 82-6.

5. Review of Vincent O'Sullivan, Shuriken, Australasian Drama Studies 8 (1986), 113-6.

6. Review of Albert Wendt, The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man, Landfall (June, 1987).

7. Review of four introductions to Shakespearian tragedies, MLR 85 (1990), 692-4.

8. Review of Michael Cameron Andrews, This Action of Our Death, ShQ 41 (1990).

9. Review of David Young, The Action to the Word: Structure and Style in Shakespearean Tragedy, Modern Language Review 87 (1992), 938-40.

10. "The Marlowe Murder Case", review of Charles Nicholl, The Reckoning, and Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford, New York Review of Books, October 5, 1995, pp 47-50.

11. Review of Lloyd Davis, Guise and Disguise; Rhetoric and Characterization in the English Renaissance, Australasian Drama Studies 26 (1995), 217-21.

12. Review of Virginia Mason Vaughan, Othello: A Contextual History, MLR 91 (1996), 448-50.

13. Review of Robert N. Watson, Death as Annihilation in the English Renaissance, MLR 92 (1997), 452-3.

14. Review of Patricia Parker, Shakespeare from the Margins, ShQ 48, 1997, 472-5.

15. Review of Gordon Williams, Shakespeare, Sex, and the Print Revolution, and David M. Bergeron (ed), Reading and Writing in Shakespeare, MLR 93 (1998), 180-4.

16. Review of Douglas Bruster, Quoting Shakespeare: Form and Culture in Early Modern Drama, Modern Philology 100 (2002), 90-7.

17. Review of Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino (eds.), Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works and Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works, forthcoming in The London Review of Books (8,000 words).

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