Staff Profiles: Prof. Paul Innes

Prof. Paul Innes

Staff Profile: Prof. Paul Innes
Professor of Shakespeare Studies & Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

Prof. Paul Innes

Prof. Paul Innes

Professor of Shakespeare Studies & Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm a specialist in Shakespeare studies and I'm particularly interested in what his plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on his own stage.


I became hooked on Shakespeare in my second year as a student at Glasgow University when I was asked to write an essay on one of his sonnets. I continued with this when I became a research student, but then ended up mostly teaching his plays because they are more popular on University courses. From there I branched out into the works of his contemporaries, and I always teach this material in ways that make it as accessible as possible given that they died four hundred years ago.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD Shakespeare's Sonnets University of Stirling 1991
MA Hons English Literature University of Glasgow 1986

Membership of professional bodies

Shakespeare Association of America

British Shakespeare Association

International Shakespeare Conference - premier bi-annual conference hosted in Stratford-Upon-Avon by the Shakespeare Institute; membership and participation is by invitation only.

Teaching and research


Lectures, seminars and tutorials in Shakespeare and English Renaissance Studies; the Modern Novel; and Modern Drama. Supervision in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama on its own stage. Shakespeare in modern film and television performance.


More publications from Prof. Paul Innes can be found in the Research Repository.

Completed Supervisions

External responsibilities

Peer reviewer for the National Research Priorities system in Qatar. Consultant for development of postgraduate English teaching at the Majan College in Oman. Postgraduate Programme Leader for distance education programme in Dubai. Media work with BBC Radio, Television Scotland & Scottish Television

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External examining

External Examiner at the University of the West of Scotland (Lifelong Learning).