Paul A. Mulholland

Professor Emeritus College of Arts School of English and Theatre Studies Guelph, Ontario pmulholl@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 58749

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Paul Mulholland’s primary research interests focus on the Elizabethan/Jacobean period with special attention to the works of Thomas Middleton, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, bibliographical study of early printed texts, stage and performance history, and editing with its associated theory. He has...

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Bio/Research

Paul Mulholland’s primary research interests focus on the Elizabethan/Jacobean period with special attention to the works of Thomas Middleton, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, bibliographical study of early printed texts, stage and performance history, and editing with its associated theory. He has edited Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton's The Patient Man and the Honest Whore for The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton (Clarendon Press, 2007; general editing by Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino), to which he also contributed editions of Middleton's The Two Gates of Salvation and The Peacemaker, along with textual analyses and textual notes in the companion volume, Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture (Clarendon Press, 2007). For the Revels Plays Series he prepared an edition of Middleton and Dekker's The Roaring Girl (Manchester University Press, 1986, and subsequent reprintings). For several years he has been engaged with A Bibliographical Study of George Eld, 1603-1609, a project that will attempt to provide a wider context of this printer’s methods and procedures in the printing of a wide range of important literary and dramatic works including Jonson’s Sejanus, Volpone, The Characters of Two Royal Masques, Middleton’s The Puritan, The Revenger’s Tragedy, A Trick to Catch the Old One, Your Five Gallants, Chapman’s All Fools, The Conspiracy, and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron, Chapman, Jonson, and Marston’s Eastward Ho, Marston’s What You Will, Dekker and Webster’s Northward Ho, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Troilus and Cressida. Other less well known plays and literary works such as The Return from Parnassus, Gwinne’s Nero Tragaedia Nova, and Vertumnus, Dekker’s Lantern and Candlelight, as well as plays by Samuel Daniel and William Alexander also issued from his presses during these years. Among the aims of this study is the gathering of evidence bearing on the establishment of a schedule of the printing of these and other works over the period under scrutiny. His edition of Middleton’s A Trick to Catch the Old One, also for the Revels Series, will soon be appearing in print. He is the author of numerous articles which discuss such topics as Nicholas Okes's printing house, Ralph Crane's transcript of The Witch, new readings in the 1611 quarto of The Roaring Girl, and The Two Gates of Salvation, biblical typology, and Thomas Middleton’s bibles, and a collaborative article with Gary Taylor and MacD. P. Jackson on the authorship of The Family of Love. He has particular expertise in attribution studies and hand-press typography and bibliography of the early modern period. He has held a number of grants, awards, and fellowships to support his archival research. At present he is also preparing editions of Thomas Heywood’s The Four Prentices of London and The Rape of Lucrece for a multi-volume old-spelling edition of the collected works of Thomas Heywood under the general editorship of Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading) for the Clarendon Press, Oxford.

Paul Mulholland has an active interest in practical theatre and teaches courses in acting and directing along with more conventionally academic offerings in dramatic literature, dramatic/literary theory, and theatre history. He has directed productions of numerous Jacobean plays including Middleton’s A Trick to Catch the Old One (linked to his editorial work on this play) and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling, Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Maid’s Tragedy, Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Shakespeare’s Pericles.



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