Andrew Stott

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British entertainment culture from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, including illegitimate theatre, spectacle, afterpieces, the emergence of industrialized entertainment industries, and clowning and pantomime; Shakespeare and renaissance drama; early-modern visual culture; the history and philosophy of comedy; critical and cultural theory, cultural studies and popular culture

Courses Taught


  • Critical and Cultural Theory in Renaissance Studies
  • Early-Modern Visual Culture
  • The Age of Entertainment: Romantic Theatricality and the London Stage, 1790-1840


  • Early Shakespeare
  • Later Shakespeare
  • The Comic Aesthetic
  • Criticism
  • Non-Fiction

Works in Progress

Essays on the origin of Romantic celebrity and entertainment and industry

Selected Publications

  • "Clowns on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown: Dickens, Coulrophobia, and The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi," The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies (2012). 
  • The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness, and the Story of Britain's Greatest Comedian (Edinburgh: Canongate, 2009), winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award in 2007 for a work-in-progress, the 2010 George Freedley Award, the 3rd annual Sheridan Morely Prize for Theatre Biography and finalist for the Society for Theatre Research Book Prize.  He is the Mrs. Gilles Whiting Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library (2010-2011).
  • Comedy (London and New York: Routledge, 2005)
  • (ed. with Peter Buse), Ghosts: Deconstruction Psychoanalysis History (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999)
  • "'The Fondness, The Filthiness:' Laughter and Deformity in Early-Modern Comedy." The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal. XXIV (2004): 15-24.
  • "'What is’t you lack?': Comedic Obligations in Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside." The Renaissance Theatre: Performance, Design, ed. Christopher Cairns, 2 vols. (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 1999), vol. 1, pp.124-133.
  • "Tiresias and the Basilisk: Vision and Madness in Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling." Alicante Journal of English Studies, No 6 (October 1999), pp.45-62.
  • "Faustus' Signature and the Signatures of Dr. Faustus." Cahiers Elisabethains, No.54 (October 1998), pp.27-4.
  • "Henry Unton’s Little Lives: Inscription and Suture in the Elizabethan Portrait." Word & Image, vol.13, No.1 (1997), pp.1.