Professor Tom Bishop

PhD (Yale); BA Hons (Melb)


  • Professor

Research interests

Shakespeare, medieval and early modern drama; modern drama; theories and traditions of comedy and comic performance; late medieval and Renaissance drama and literature, art and history; poetry and poetics.

Research | Current

  • Shakespeare, medieval and early modern drama
  • Modern drama
  • Theories and traditions of comedy and comic performance
  • Late medieval and Renaissance drama and literature, art and history
  • Poetry and poetics

I currently have active projects in several areas.

I am the editor of the play Pericles, Prince of Tyre by Shakespeare and (probably) George Wilkins for the Internet Shakespeare Editions ( This is a long-term project which will produce both an old-spelling and a modern edition of this challenging play, with an introduction. 

I am researching and writing a book on "Shakespeare's Theatre Games", which investigates how routines and schemes of action between actors on stage, and between actors and audiences, are the building blocks for larger dramatic designs and explorations.

I continue to translate Latin lyric poetry into English, following my earlier work on Ovid. I am presently working on the poems of Tibullus.

Teaching | Current

ENGLISH 102/102G Great Books: Seduction and Betrayal

ENGLISH 265 Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragicomedies

ENGLISH 310 Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragicomedies

ENGLISH 353 Age of Shakespeare: Tragedy

ENGLISH 711 Shakespeare from Stage to Page, 1590 - 1640

DRAMA 301 Drama: Topics and Themes


Postgraduate supervision

I supervise MA and PhD research in Shakespeare, late medieval and early modern drama, Renaissance English literature and modern drama. 


Undergraduate adviser (2014, 2015).

Areas of expertise

Renaissance Literature (esp. English), Shakespeare, Reformation literature, Drama, Poetry, Translation.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

University of Auckland Education Committee, 2015-2016; Chair, Auckland University Press Board, 2012-2016; Trust Board member, AUSA Summer Shakespeare Trust.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Bishop, T. (2016). Shakespeare's tragedy and Roman history. In M. Neill, D. Schalkwyk (Eds.) The Oxford handbook of Shakespearean tragedy (pp. 234-249). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Bishop, T. (2015). Shakespeare, William. In T. Beal (Ed.) The Oxford encyclopaedia of the bible and the arts (pp. 357-365). New York: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acref:obso/9780199846511.001.0001
  • Bishop, T. G. (2013). The art of playing. In Morse, Ruth, Cooper, Helen, Holland, Peter (Eds.) Medieval Shakespeare: pasts and presents (pp. 159-176). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Related URL.
  • Bishop, T. G. (2013). 'Macbeth: three nameless acts (after Shakespeare)' by Salvatore Sciarrino. In T. Bishop, A. Huang, S. Sillars (Eds.) Shakespearean International Yearbook (pp. 135-158). Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Press.
  • Bishop, T. G., & Willett, S. (2012). The Tibullus Conversation. Ka Mate Ka Ora: a New Zealand journal of poetry and poetics, 11, 51-74. Related URL.
  • Bishop, T. (2010). Shakespeare's Theater Games. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 40 (1), 65-88. 10.1215/10829636-2009-014
  • Bishop, T. G. (2009). Othello in the wilderness: How did Shakespeare Use his Bible?. In K. Graham, P. D. Collington (Eds.) Shakespeare and Religious Change (pp. 196-215). Hampshire, England and New York, NY, USA: Palgrave.

Contact details

Office hours

Wednesday 12-2 pm or by appointment

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 6, Room 629
New Zealand