Holderness is well-known in Shakespeare scholarship as one of the pioneers of cultural materialist criticism, as well as a significant contributor to historical, performance and textual studies. Now as Shakespeare criticism and scholarship are registering the impact of such theoretically-inspired work he characteristically goes further than other writers in pushing forward a new approach and a new agenda. He is author, co-author or editor of 31 books, 22 of which are on Shakespeare, and include Shakespeare's History (1985), The Shakespeare Myth (1988), Shakespeare: the Histories (2000) and the two volumes which this volume concludes, Cultural Shakespeare: essays in the Shakespeare myth (2001) and Visual Shakespeare: essays on film and television (2002). Holderness has also published original verse translations and a critical survey of Anglo-Saxon poetry, Anglo-Saxon Verse (Northcote House, 2000). His first novel, The Prince of Denmark, was published by the University of Hertfordshire Press last year. Graham Holderness is Professor of English, Dean of Humanities, Languages and Education, and Director of Research Policy at the University of Hertfordshire. He lives in London, England.