Robert Henke

Robert Henke

​Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
research interests:
  • Ancient and Renaissance Theater and Performance
  • Comparative Literature
  • Dramatic Theory
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contact info:

office hours:

  • ​By appointment

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
    CB 1108
    ONE BROOKINGS DR.
    ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899
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Professor Henke is presently working on three projects: a study of Shakespeare and Italian plays, scenarios and novellas; an examination of international early modern theatrical networks; and a performance-centered source book of commedia dell’arte and related popular piazza literature.

Robert Henke has published three single-authored books: Pastoral Transformations: Italian Tragicomedy and Shakespeare’s Late Plays (University of Delaware Press, 1997); Performance and Literature in the Commedia dell’Arte (Cambridge University Press, 2002); and Poverty and Charity in Early Modern Theater and Performance (University of Iowa Press, 2015).  

With Eric Nicholson, he has coedited two essay collections published by Ashgate and issuing from the “Theater Without Borders” research collective, of which he is a founding member: Transnational Exchange in Early Modern Theater (2008) and Transnational Mobilities in Early Modern Theater (2014). He has edited, with M.A. Katritzky, European Theatrical Performance Practice, 1580-1750 (Ashgate, 2014).  He is editing the early modern volume of A Cultural History of Western Theatre (Bloomsbury Academic). 

He is presently working on three projects: a study of Shakespeare and Italian plays, scenarios and novellas; an examination of international early modern theatrical networks (especially those of humanists and traveling players); and a performance-centered source book of commedia dell’arte and related popular piazza literature.     

With Margeret Garb, he is the Codirector of the Washington University Prison Education Project, a program that provides liberal arts college courses to inmates and staff at the  Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, Missouri.