Richard McCoy

Professor of English and Director, Honors in the Humanities Program. Stanford B.A., 1968; UC, Berkeley Ph.D., 1975.


Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English ReFormation ( Columbia University Press, 2002); The Rites of Knighthood: Literature and Politics of Elizabethan Chivalry (University of California Press, 1989).



Shakespeare and Film


Current Project:

“Faith in Shakespeare” detailing the links between shifts in ideas of communion in Reformation theology, what Coleridge calls “poetic faith,” and the experience of performance in Shakespeare’s plays.

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