The digitized Shakespeare Bulletin Archive contains complete runs of Shakespeare Bulletin (1983-2003), the preceding Bulletin of the New York Shakespeare Society (1982-1983), and the incorporated Shakespeare on Film Newsletter (1976-1992).

While published at Lafayette College, Shakespeare Bulletin: A Journal of Performance Criticism and Scholarship (ISSN 0748-2558) provided commentary on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama through feature articles, theatre reviews, and book reviews. Its theatre coverage served as a record of production in New York and elsewhere in this country, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. Articles appearing in Shakespeare Bulletin were indexed in The World Shakespeare Bibliography and the MLA Bibliography.

For access to issues published after 2003, or for information about the current publication, please visit Shakespeare Bulletin‘s official home at Johns Hopkins University Press: https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/shakespeare_bulletin/.

Publication History

The Bulletin of the New York Shakespeare Society was created by Seymour Isenberg in 1982 as the organ of that society (which, in 1983, became the Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar). Dr. Isenberg (a physician in Teaneck, NJ) served as Editor during its inaugural year; Associate Editors James P. Lusardi ’55 (Ph.D. Yale 1963) and June Schlueter (Ph.D. Columbia, 1977) assumed that role in 1983, changing the title that year to Shakespeare Bulletin, then to Shakespeare Bulletin: A Journal of Performance Criticism and Scholarship in 1990.  In 1992, the journal incorporated Shakespeare on Film Newsletter, which had been co-edited since 1976 by Bernice W. Kliman of Nassau Community College and Kenneth Rothwell of the University of Vermont. Through 2002, Lusardi and Schlueter co-edited the journal at Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Schlueter continued as its sole editor after Lusardi’s death in 2002, editing her last issue in Spring/Summer 2003. Andrew Hartley assumed editorship of the journal from 2003-2013, publishing first at the University of West Georgia, then at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and finally with Johns Hopkins University Press.  Shakespeare Bulletin is currently edited by Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom.

Related Material

Lafayette Library’s department of  Special Collections & College Archives holds related production photos with reviews, programs, clippings, and ads; files on New York, U.S. touring and regional, United Kingdom, and Canadian theatre companies; general information on Shakespeare film/video/audio; files on actors, directors, scholars, critics, and Shakespeare Bulletin reviewers; and the business, production, and correspondence files of the journal.  For information about these resources, please consult the Shakespeare Bulletin finding aid.