Recent Scholarship regarding Robert Greene

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    Scott Koski

    Hello All,

    I’m starting a project looking into the theater scene of London pre-1592, using Robert Greene and his “Conny Catching” pamphlets as my entry point. My hope is to gain a better understanding of the social environment at that time through the different contributors of the “pamphlet wars”, of which Greene seems to be at the center.  The most recent scholarship I have found comes from Dr. Kirk Melnikoff and Dr. Hans Peter Born, but beyond that most work seems to be decades old. My main concern right now is to avoid reinventing the wheel, so any help or advice would be most appreciated.


    Scott Koski


    Kristen Abbott Bennett

    I’m sure you’d find it helpful to check out Kirk Melnikoff and Ed Gieskes’ collaboration, *Writing Robert Greene* ( Robert Logan’s *University Wits* series is also a must-see. Each edition collates important articles relating to each of the wits (Greene, Nashe, Marlowe, Lyly, Lodge, and Peele) – it’s also an Ashgate pub ( If you’re getting into the Marprelate controversy, check out Joseph Black’s work. If you find yourself getting into Nashe, let me know!


    Steve Mentz

    Kristen beat me to suggesting the Melinkoff/Gieskes volume, which is really the place to start, especially their excellent “Recent Studies” chapter. Many of the contributors to that volume also have larger projects that consider Greene, including me, Lori Newcomb, Rob Maslen, and Katharine Wilson. Kristen is right also about the University Wits series. On pre-1592 theater, I’d suggest looking at Andy Kesson’s work: his book is mainly on Lyly (John Lyly and Early Modern Authorship), but I know he’s working more broadly now on early Elizabethan drama.



    Sabina Amanbayeva

    I am also working on Robert Greene and pamphlet authorship, and I have much benefited from these helpful suggestions. Thank you!

    I would second suggestions about Katharine Wilson’s book “Fictions of Authorship”; the collection, Rogues and Early Modern Culture (thank you, Dr. Steve Mentz!); Alexandra Halasz’s study on the role of print; Brian Reynolds’ Becoming Criminal; and also, Maria Prendergast’s “Railing, Reviling and Invective,” which discusses pamphlet culture in depth.

    I have a related question: what would be a suitable publication venue for an essay on Greene’s cony-catching pamphlets? I am a PhD candidate and I got completely fascinated by early modern pamphlet culture and Robert Greene. I have a chapter on Greene and I want to make it into an article.



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