David J. Amelang

Hi! I am an Assistant Professor in English Literature at the Department of English Studies of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I also currently serve on the board of directors of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS) and of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies (SEDERI). My research focuses on early modern European drama, and more specifically on the comparison between the plays and theatrical cultures of Shakespearean England and Golden Age Spain.


Playgrounds: Urban Theatrical Culture in Shakespeare’s England and Golden Age Spain, London & New York: Routledge (2023)

HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.4324/9781003352112. ISBN: 9781032399461 (PB)

Playgrounds compares the theatrical cultures of early modern England and Spain and explores the causes and consequences not just of the remarkable similarities but also of the visible differences between them. An exercise in multi-focal theatre history research, it deploys a wide range of perspectives and evidence to recreate the theatrical landscapes of these two countries and thus better to understand how the specific conditions of performance actively contributed to the development of each country’s dramatic literature. Learning from what one ‘playground’ – that is, the environment and circumstances out of which a dramatic tradition originates – reveals about the other will help solve not only the questions posed above but also others that still await examination.

“Explorando la presencia de personajes femeninos en la comedia en tiempos de Lope de Vega desde las Humanidades Digitales”, Hipogrifo: revista de literatura y cultura del Siglo de Oro 11.1 (2023), pp. 39-54


Humanidades Digitales
“Las Humanidades Digitales y la redefinición del canon teatral del Siglo de Oro”, Boletín de la Biblioteca de Menéndez Pelayo XCVII.1 (2021), pp. 115-134
Playing Gender
“Playing Gender: Toward a Quantitative Comparison of Female Roles in Lope de Vega and Shakespeare”, Bulletin of the Comediantes 71.1-2 (2019), pp. 119-134


A Broken Voice
“‘A Broken Voice’: Iconic Distress in Shakespeare’s Tragedies”, Anglia. Journal of English Philology / Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie 137.1 (2019), pp. 33-52


A Day in the Life
“A Day in the Life: The Performance of Playgoing in Early Modern Madrid and London”, Bulletin of the Comediantes 70.2 (2018), pp. 111-128


“Comparing the Commercial Theaters of Early Modern London and Madrid”, Renaissance Quarterly 71.2 (2018), pp. 610-644


From Directions
“From Directions to Descriptions: Reading the Theatrical Nebentext in Ben Jonson’s Workes as an Authorial Outlet”, SEDERI 27 (2017), pp. 7-26


Before the Fall
“Before the Madness: Hamlet’s Ophelia as an Unsung Revenge Tragedy Heroine”, Shakespeare Seminar 13 (2015), pp. 15-26

Figuring Ineloquence
“Figuring Ineloquence in Late Sixteenth-Century Poetry” in Zenón Luis Martínez (ed.), Poetic Theory and Practice in Early Modern Verse: Unwritten Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2023), pp. 121-138

ISBN: 978-1-3995-0782-0 (HB), 978-1-3995-0785-1 (E-BOOK)

Que es un Teatro
“¿Qué es un teatro? A vueltas con los corrales de comedias y sus coetáneos ingleses” in Moisés R. Castillo (ed.), “La vida como obra de arte”: Essays in Memory of John Jay Allen (Newark DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2021), pp. 73-90

ISBN: 978-1-58871-347-6 (HB)

Gente de la Parroquia
“Gente de la Parroquia: identidad social del barrio teatral en el Madrid del Siglo de Oro” in Fernando Andrés Robres, Mauro Hernández Benítez and Saúl Martínez Bermejo (eds.), Mirando desde el puente. Estudios en homenaje al profesor James S. Amelang (Madrid: UAM Ediciones, 2019), pp. 357-366

ISBN: 978-84-8344-687-4

“Dian A. Fox, Hercules and the King of Portugal: Icons of Masculinity and Nation in Calderón’s Spain (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019”, The Sixteenth Century Journal 53.1 (2022), pp. 279-280
“M.A. Katritzky and Pavel Drábek (eds.), Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018)”, Shakespeare Jahrbuch 158 (2022), pp. 221-223
“Nadia Thérèse Van Pelt, Drama in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Playmakers and Their Strategies (London: Routledge, 2019)”, Renaissance Quarterly 74.2 (2021), pp. 687-688
“Teatro Clásico Español [www.cervantesvirtual.com/portales/teatro_clasico_español]”, Early Modern Digital Review 3.4 and Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 43.4 (2020), pp. 272-275
“Barbara Fuchs (ed.) and G.J. Racz (trans.), The Golden Age of Spanish Drama (New York: Norton, 2018)”, The Sixteenth Century Journal 51.3 (2020), pp. 868-870
“César Domínguez (ed.), 1616: Anuario de la Literatura Comparada, nº7 ‘Comparando los Intraducibles’ (2017)”, Hermēneus 22 (2020), pp. 485-489
“Henry W. Sullivan, Tragic Drama in the Golden Age of Spain: Seven Essays on the Definition of a Genre (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2018)”, Renaissance Quarterly 73.1 (2020), pp. 349-351
“Félix Lope de Vega, Comedias Parte XVII. Edición crítica de Prolope [eds. Daniele Crivellari and Eugenio Maggi] (Madrid: Gredos, 2018)”, Bulletin of the Comediantes 71.1-2 (2019), pp. 347-349
George Etherege, She Would if She Could [ed. David J. Amelang], in Jesús Tronch and Joan Oleza (coords.), Biblioteca Digital EMOTHE (Universitat de València, 2023)
“Lope de Vega, Castelvines y Monteses [dir. Sergio Peris-Mencheta] (Madrid: Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, 17.04.2021)”, Teatro Magazine (24.7.2021)


ROLECALL: A Database of Characters in Early Modern European Theatre


Located at the intersection of theatre history, gender studies and Digital Humanities, Rolecall is a database project that charts the quantitative trends in speech and stage presence in a wide range of early modern European plays. Such a database allows scholars and students of early modern European drama to trace and compare the dynamics of protagonism on the Renaissance stage.

SdOCORRALES: Corrales de Comedias del Siglo de Oro Español


SdOCORRALES is a digital platform that collects all the information known of the many corrales de comedias [innyard playhouses] built in the Iberian Peninsula throughout what is commonly referred to as the Golden Age of Spanish Drama (c. 1550-1700).


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