Grady HughHugh Grady

Professor of English

Hugh Grady has been teaching English since 1973. He was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, and did his undergraduate work as an English major at Fordham University, Bronx, New York.

After one year as a VISTA volunteer and another as a high school teacher of French and English in Houston, Texas, he took a Masters degree in English in 1972 and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1978 from the University of Texas at Austin.

After graduate school he taught part-time and worked at Gale Research (now Thompson Gale) in Detroit, Michigan, as a senior assistant editor for the critical anthology Shakespearean Criticism. In 1985 he accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia and moved in 1987 to Arcadia University, where he was tenured in 1994 and promoted to full professor in 1999. He has served as Department Chair and has taught a number of different classes in writing, literature and critical theory at the undergraduate and M.A. levels. He was named Arcadia Professor of the Year for 2001-02 and was co-winner of the Ellington Beavers Intellectual Inquiry Award in 1990 and sole winner in 2004. In 2004 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research.

Research Interests

He has published extensively in the field of Shakespeare studies, with some 30 journal and anthology articles, three monographs, and two critical anthologies. He is now completing the manuscript of a new book with the working title “Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics.”

View Dr. Grady's Curriculum Vitae.


  • Great Shakespeareans, Volume XIII: Empson, Wilson Knight, Kott, Barber. Ed. Hugh Grady. Continuum Press.
  • Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Reprint, 2011.
  • Hugh Grady, Terence Hawkes (Eds.). 2006. Presentist Shakespeares. In Series: Accents on Shakespeare, Routledge. Link 
  • Grady, H. (2006). Afterword: Montaigne and Shakespeare in Changing Cultural Paradigms. The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 6:170-81.
  • Hugh Grady. Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from Richard II to Hamlet. Oxford University Press. 2002. LinkPDF excerpt 
  • Hugh Grady (Ed.). 2000. Shakespeare and Modernity: Early Modern to Millennium. In Series: Accents on Shakespeare. Routledge. Link 
  • Hugh Grady. Shakespeare’s Universal Wolf: Studies in Early Modern Reification. Oxford University Press. 1996. Link 
  • Hugh Grady. The Modernist Shakespeare: Critical Texts in a Material World, Oxford University Press. 1994. Link 

Recent Articles

  • “Presentism, Anachronism, and the Case of Titus Andronicus. Co-written with Cary DiPietro. Shakespeare: A Journal. Forthcoming
  • “The End of Shakespeare's Machiavellian Moment: Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Historiography, and Dramatic Form.” In Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories: Anglo-Italian Transactions. Ed. Michele Marrapodi. Surrey: Ashgate, 2011. 119-36.
  • “Theory ‘After Theory’: Christopher Pye’s Reading of Othello.” Shakespeare Quarterly 60.4 (Winter 2009): 453-59.
  • “Moral Agency and Its Problems in Julius Caesar: Political Power, Choice, and History.” In Shakespeare and Moral Agency. Ed. Michael Bristol. New York: Continuum, 2009. 5-28.
  • “Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics: The Case of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Shakespeare. Quarterly 59.3 (Fall 2008): 273- 301. Reprinted, Harold Bloom, ed. Shakespeare’s Comedies. Modern Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House,  2009. To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/17450910902921567 URL: 2009.

Recent Presentations

  • “Shakespeare's Post 2008 Vision: Usury and Fornication in Measure for Measure." International Shakespeare Conference, Stratford, UK. August 13, 2012.
  • "Reification, Mourning, and the Aesthetic in Antony and Cleopatra and The Winter’s Tale. IX World Shakespeare Congress, July 18, 2011. Panel on Marxist Shakespeares: Art, Entertainment, Genre. Chair Hugh Grady. Prague,  Czech Republic.
  • “Republican Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, Anachronism, and the Desire of the Present.” Special Session: Radical Temporalities in Shakespeare Studies. Modern Language Association Convention, Jan. 7, 2011. Los Angeles, CA.
  • “The End of Shakespeare's Machiavellian Moment: Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Historiography, and Dramatic Form.” Columbia Shakespeare Seminar, Columbia University. Oct. 8, 2010.
  • “The End of Shakespeare's Machiavellian Moment: Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Historiography, and Dramatic Form.” Seminar on Shakespeare and Italian Culture. European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Convention, 24-28 August, 2010, Torino, Italy.

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