András Kiséry

Associate Professor

Director of the MA in English Literature Program

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Shakespeare Studies
  • Media History
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Intellectual History
  • History of the Book
  • Hungarian Literature and Culture


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Andras Kisery

András Kiséry


PhD, Columbia University, 2008
MPhil, Columbia University, 2004
MA, University of Bristol, UK, 1995
Undergraduate Studies, Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary, 1989-1995

Courses Taught

FIQWS: Media from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century: From Manuscript to Mobile Phone
WHUM 10100: World Humanities 1.
ENGL 25000: Introduction to literary studies
ENGL 26106: Shakespeare's Othello
ENGL 31151: Renaissance encounters: travel, colonization, and utopia in the 16th and 17th centuries
ENGL 35301: Shakespeare 1: the early plays
ENGL 35302: Shakespeare 2: the later plays
ENGL 35305: Remaking Shakespeare: adaptations, sequels, spinoffs
ENGL 41406: English Renaissance drama
ENGL 41156: Law and order: justice on the English Renaissance stage

ENGL B0706: Shakespeare's Tragedies
ENGL B0707: Revenge: tragic drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries
ENGL B0710: After Shakespeare: the plays and modern literature and culture
ENGL B0711: Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare's contemporary
ENGL B2010: Renaissance encounters: travel, colonization, and utopia in the 16th and 17th centuries


Research Interests

I specialize in Shakespeare studies and in the textual cultures of early modern England, especially in political culture, book history, and the history of the public sphere. More recently, I have been exploring the connections between English writing and the literary culture of continental Europe, as well as the history of media and their intersections with scholarship, from the 16th through the 20th century. In addition to articles published in various journals and edited collections, I am the author of Hamlet’s Moment: Drama and Political Knowledge in Early Modern England (OUP, 2016, paperback 2018), co-editor (with Allison Deutermann) of Formal Matters: Reading the Materials of English Renaissance Literature (Manchester, 2013), editor of the 2020 thematic section of Shakespeare Studies on “English among the Literatures of Early Modernity,” among others.

I am currently working on three longer projects. One, about the circulation of early modern English literature across Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries has received NEH support. A second monograph in progress describes the birth of media studies in early-20th century sociology, history, and philology. I am currently co-editing, with David Nee, a special issue on the related subject of "New Media and the Humanities, 1900-1960" forthcoming in Modern Language Quarterly. Last but not least, with Jane Raisch, we are preparing an edition of The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe for the 21st Century Oxford Authors series. The contracted date for the completion of this manuscript is 2025.



1., Monographs

Media Histories: The Humanities and the Challenge of New Communication Technologies, 1900-1943 
manuscript in progress
Books in Space: Forming English Literature in the Early Modern World
manuscript in progress
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. (Paperback, 2018.)

Reviews: Bart van Es, “Too much changed” TLS. Times Literary Supplement, 9/2/2016, Issue 5918, p. 14; John Drakakis, The Modern Language Review 112, No. 3 (July 2017), pp. 697-699; Dympna Callaghan, Shakespeare Jahrbuch 153 (2017) 259-260; Kevin Curran “Recent Studies in Tudor and Stuart Drama”, SEL 57/2 (2017 Spring) 427-474 at 433, 436; Nick Myers, Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies 92/1 (2017) 129-131; Nina Levine, Shakespeare Studies 45 (2017) 251-256; Matt Carter, Early Modern Culture 13, Article 21; Allison Deutermann, Shakespeare Quarterly 68/4 (2017) 393-394; Marisa L. Cull, The American Historical Review 123/4 (2018) 1383–1384; Júlia Paraizs, Irodalomtörténet 99/2 (2018) 203-206; Gabriella Reuss, Budapesti Könyvszemle 30/2-4 (2018) 223-227; Zsolt Almási, Filológiai Közlöny (2018/3) 117-120; Anne-Julia Zwierlein, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 256:1 (2019) 209-210; Katsuyama Takayuki, Nihon Sheikusupia Kyōkai / Shakespeare Studies (Tokyo, Japan) 57 (2019) 34-36; Máté Vince, “Our Affairs from England” HJEAS: Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 25 (2019) 442-445; Chris Fitter, Notes & Queries 67:2 (2020) 282-283.


2., Edited collections

Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016.
Reviews: Peter Sherwood, Hungarian Cultural Studies 10 (2017) 168-172; Eszter Kállay, Comparative Literature Studies 54 (2017) 905-909; Ákos Farkas, Slavonic and East European Review 96/2 (2018) 324-327; Anett Schäffer Budapesti Könyvszemle 30/2-4 (2018) 227-229;
ed. and introd. Allison Deutermann and András Kiséry
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.
Reviews: Jennifer L. Andersen: “The Matter We ReadHuntington Library Quarterly 77/2 (Summer 2014), 219-223; David Landreth, in Spenser Review 44.2.40 (Fall 2014); P. G. Stanwood, in Seventeenth-Century News 73 (2015) 121-124; Kate De Rycker, in The Sixteenth Century Journal 46/2 (2015) 493-495; James Daybell, in Renaissance Quarterly 69/4 (2016) 1574-1575.
Vándorló elmélet: Lukács az angolszász világban 
[Traveling theory: Georg Lukács in Anglo-American criticism. A reader – in Hungarian] 
ed. and introduction András Kiséry and Zoltán Miklósi. Budapest: Gond-Cura, 2005. 
Elaborate trifles: Studies for Kálmán G. Ruttkay on his 80th birthday
ed. Gábor Ittzés and András Kiséry
Piliscsaba [Hungary]: Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem, 2002. 

3., Translated book

David Scott Kastan: Shakespeare és a könyv [Hungarian translation of Shakespeare and the book]
translated by András Kiséry
Budapest: Gondolat Könyvkiadó, 2014.

4., Academic journal articles and book chapters

“Learning to talk: note-taking from the stage and the birth of English conversation” in: Rethinking Theatrical Documents in Shakespeare’s England, ed. by Tiffany Stern, Bloomsbury (The Arden Shakespeare), 2020, 155-174.
“Communities of production and consumption: networks and publics of a European genre” in: A Cultural History of Tragedy in the Early Modern Age (vol. 3 of A Cultural History of Tragedy) ed. Naomi Liebler, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 55-70.
“Diplomatic knowledge on display: foreign affairs in the early modern English public sphere” in: Cultures of Diplomacy and Literary Writing in the Early Modern World, ed. by Tracey Sowerby and Joanna Craigwood, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 146-159.
“Companionate Publishing, Literary Publics, and the Wit of Epyllia: The Early Success of Hero and Leander” in: Christopher Marlowe, Theatrical Commerce, and the Book Trade, ed. Roslyn Knutson and Kirk Melnikoff, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, 165-181.
“Histories of media in the 1930s: Kerényi, ethnology, and mythography” in: Kősziklára épitve – Built upon his rock: Írások Dávidházi Péter tiszteletére – Writings in Honour of Péter Dávidházi, edited by Dániel Panka, Natália Pikli, and Veronika Ruttkay, Budapest: ELTE BTK Angol-Amerikai Intézet, 2018, pp. 232-239.
„Rosencrantz és Guildenstern utazása: külszolgálat és belső élet a Hamlet-ben” in: Élet és halál Shakespeare műveiben, ed. Zsolt Almási, Tibor Fabinyi, Natália Pikli, Budapest: rec.iti, 2017, pp. 89-108.
“The Matter of Form: Book History, Formalist Criticism, and Francis Bacon’s Aphorisms” with Allison Deutermann (Baruch College, CUNY) in: The Book in History, the Book as History, edited by Heidi Brayman, Jesse Lander and Zachary Lesser, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016, pp. 25-59.
[The Invisible College of Hajnal and Thienemann: scholarly networks, German sociology, and the academic study of communication history around 1930 – in Hungarian]
in: Médiák és váltások, ed. Katalin Neumer, Budapest: Gondolat, 2016, pp. 246-305.
“Scandals: Essex, Cobham, and Others” in: The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, Vol. I: Shakespeare’s World, ed. Bruce Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, 1015-21. 
„Az irodalom részletei: a historizmus néhány újabb változata az amerikai reneszánszkutatásban” [Literary details: recent versions of historicism in American research on English Renaissance literature – in Hungarian] in: Ki merre tart? Shakespeare Szegeden 2007-2011, ed. Attila Atilla Kiss and Ágnes Matuska, Szeged: JATE Press, 2013, pp. 15-28.
Philological Quarterly 91.3 (2012) 361-392.
“Literacy, culture and history in the work of Thienemann and Hajnal”
in: Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies. Ed. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasvári. West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2011, pp. 34-46.
„Shakespeare in Ungarn“
in: Ina Schabert (ed.) Shakespeare-Handbuch, 5th ed., Alfred Kröner Verlag, München, 2009, pp. 679-681. 
“Playing by ear: the rhetoric of the body in Cary’s Mariam” in: G. E. Szőnyi and Attila Kiss (eds): The Iconology of Gender. Szeged (Hungary): JATE Press, 2008, pp. 257-268.
“Por se: a reneszánsz médiumai” [Not even dust: the media of the Renaissance – in Hungarian] Jelenkor (Pécs, Hungary) 48.11 (November 2005) 1066-1084.
Reprinted in: Tamás Bényei (ed): Átjárások: fiatal anglisták és amerikanisták tanulmányai. Fiatal Írók Szövetsége, Budapest, 2005, pp. 15-45.
“Voice, Inscription, and Immortality in Early Seventeenth-Century English Poetry” Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 11.1 (2005) 41-64. 
“Utószó: a holtak beszéde és a csontfurulya” [Afterword: the language of the dead and the pipes made of their bones – for journal special issue on presentism and New Historicism in Anglo-American Renaissance studies; in Hungarian] Filológiai Közlöny (Budapest) 51.3-4 (2005) 207-217. 
“Emblems of the Polity: The wounds of rhetoric and of the body politic in Shakespeare’s Rome” in: Rowland Wymer and György E. Szőnyi (eds): The Iconography of Power. Ideas and Images of Rulership on the English Renaissance Stage. JATE Press, Szeged, 2000, pp. 161-179. 
Reprinted in Michelle Lee (ed): Shakespearean Criticism vol. 84, Thomson Gale: Detroit, New York, San Francisco, 2004, pp. 121-129. 
“The Critical Media of Early Modern Texts” European Journal of English Studies 4.2 (2000) 125-139. 
“A néma e. Orson Welles és Shakespeare.” [the script and soundtrack of Welles’ Shakespeare adaptations – in Hungarian] Metropolis (Budapest) 2000/2, pp. 38-56. 
“Se füle, se farka: Shakespeare a Hamletben” [on Shakespeare’s authorial presence in Hamlet – in Hungarian] in: Tamás Bényei (ed): Kötelezők. JAK-Kijárat Kiadó, Budapest, 1999, pp. 37-81.
“‘He to Another Key His Style Doth Dress’: Pope’s Imitations of Dr Donne’s Satyres” Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 3.2 (1997) 107-130.
“Hamletizing the Spirit of the Nation: Political Uses of Kazinczy’s 1790 Translation” in: Holger Klein and Péter Dávidházi (eds): Shakespeare and Hungary. A Publication of the Shakespeare Yearbook, Volume 7. The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter, 1996, pp. 11-35. 

5., Book reviews and review essays

Richard Dutton, Shakespeare, Court Dramatist, in: Modern Language Review 112:4 (October 2017) pp. 986-987.
Joad Raymond (ed), The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Vol 1: Cheap Print to 1660, in: Renaissance Quarterly 65:1 (Spring 2012) pp. 281-282.
Carole Levin and John Watkins, Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds, in: Journal of British Studies 50:1 (Jan. 2011) pp. 197-198.
Margaret Healy and Thomas Healy, eds. Renaissance transformations: the making of English writing (1500-1650), in: Renaissance Quarterly 63:4 (Winter 2010) pp. 1431-1433.
“Könyvek Shakespeare-ről” [review essay on Peter Ackroyd, Shakespeare: the biography, Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the world, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lectures on Shakespeare, all published in Hungarian] Holmi 2007/1, 93-105.
“Manuscripts in the age of print” (Peter Beal: In Praise of Scribes: Manuscripts and their Makers in Seventeenth-Century England). Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies XI/1 (2005) 223-225.


1., Invited lectures and seminar presentations (past 5 years)

“Learning to talk: English drama, language instruction, and vernacular conversation” guest lecture, Dorothy Ford Wiley visiting professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 28, 2019.
“Shakespeare’s international students” public lecture at Ca’Foscari, University of Venice (Italy), June 28, 2018
“Undiscovered countries: diplomacy and study abroad in Hamlet and in Shakespeare’s England” lecture at the Universität Bamberg (Germany), Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft, June 22, 2017. 
“Conversation manuals and love books: Christopher Marlowe’s Hero and Leander around 1600” Stanford CMEMS workshop series, November 30, 2016.
“Networks and beliefs: the 17th-century booktrade and the notion of literature” History of the Book Working Group, UC Berkeley, October 27, 2016 
“Rosencrantz és Guildenstern utazása, avagy külrszág és belvilág a Hamlet-ben” Hungarian Shakespeare Association, ELTE, Budapest, October 7, 2016
“Jonson’s Tacitean History, Political Spectatorship, and the History of Reading” English Graduate Colloquium and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, April 7, 2016.
“Approaching King Lear” Lecture for Columbia University Lit Hum faculty, February 22, 2016.
“Vile and vulgar admirations: Chapman’s plays in public” Yale Early Modern Colloquium, December 4, 2014.
“The wiser sort: sententious political instruction and Gabriel Harvey’s reading of Hamlet” Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book / Media Studies, and the English Department’s Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, December 6, 2013.
2., Conference papers (past 5 years)
“Flowers for speaking: drama and vernacular conversation” Primary Source Colloquium, Stanford University, November 2, 2019. 
“Learning to talk – drama and conversation” Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles, CA, March 28-31, 2018
“The Dead Shepherd” SCSC Milwaukee, October 26-28, 2017
“Marlowe in Fragments” Valuing the Premodern Fragment: Marquette University, September 22-23, 2017
“The Uses of Plays” The Future/s of Early Modern English History: Vanderbilt University, April 15-17, 2017.
“Taxonomies, Networks, and the Nature of Literature” Paper on Critical Bibliography and Early Modern English Literature: “Texts, Paratexts, Categories, Kinds” panel, RSA, Chicago, 30 March–1 April 2017
“Presbyterianism and the provincial booktrade: William London’s commonwealth of English letters” Seminar on “Networks” at the NACBS conference, Washington DC, November 11, 2016.
“Curiosity, drama and the public sphere” panel on Theater and the culture of its publics; conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, New Orleans, March 23-26, 2016. 
“What is dramatic about manuscript dramatic extracts?” Shakespeare's Theatrical Documents, symposium at the Folger Shakespeare Library, March 17-19, 2016. 
“News before the public sphere: Chapman’s tragedies” MLA Convention, Austin, TX, January 9, 2016
“Jonson’s Tacitean history, or, politics as a spectator sport” The futures of historicism conference, Yale University, New Haven, October 2-3, 2015.
“What Malvolio knew: the popularity of political knowledge in early modern England” Conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, Vancouver, Canada, April 2-4, 2015 
“From politics to trauma: Hamlet and Hungarian poetry” MLA Convention, Vancouver, Canada, 9 January 2015
“Some travelers return: relazioni and the world of Hamlet” Diplomacy and Culture in the Early Modern World, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Oxford, UK, 31 July to 2 August, 2014
“The soul of wit: 17th c. uses of Shakespearean plays” Seminar on “Shakespeare without print” Conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, St. Louis, MO, April 10-12, 2014
“Politics, wit and the usefulness of Shakespeare’s drama” Conference of the European Shakespeare Research Association, Montpellier, France, 26-29 June, 2013.

Fellowships and awards

NEH Faculty Award, September 2018-August 2019
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography (The Rare Book School, University of Virginia), 2013-2016

PSC-CUNY Enhanced Grant, 2014-2015

Huntington Library short term fellowship, 2 months, 2013-2014

Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (Office of the Dean for Recruitment and Diversity, CUNY), Spring 2013
Wegman Brothers Faculty Fellow (CCNY Division of Arts and Humanities), 2011-2013
Folger Shakespeare Library short term fellowship, February-May 2012
PSC-CUNY grants for archival research abroad, Summer 2010, Summer 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2016
Huntington Library short term fellowship, 1 month, Spring 2009

Service to the profession

Editorial Board, Shakespeare Quarterly (2018-2023)
Member of the Executive Committee, and 2020 chair of the Modern Language Association’s Shakespeare Forum (2017-2021)
Associate Editor of the journal Hungarian Cultural Studies (University of Pittsburgh) (2017- )
2013-2015 co-chair of the Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar 
Founding editor of The AnaChronisT: Yearbook of English Studies, Budapest, Hungary, 1995–