live thinking we will never die.
Jeffrey Kahan is a Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California, where
he teaches Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Film, Shakespeare’s Contemporaries, Graphic Novels, and
serves as dramaturge to the Department of Theater. He is also the Director of the University of La
Verne Shakespeare Experience.
His online vitae, available at Academia.edu, is supplemented with the following overview, designed to
make insomniacs snore like donkeys:
Dr. Kahan's first book, Reforging Shakespeare (Lehigh UP, 1998), was a comprehensive study of the
Ireland forgeries of 1795. Reforging Shakespeare argues that the time may be ripe to re-examine the
W.H. Ireland forgeries as a decisive case history in the development of our current respect for
antiquity, our appreciation of authenticity, and our understanding of bardolatry.
In July 2004, Dr. Kahan completed a three volume set for Routledge entitled Shakespeare Imitations, Parodies and Forgeries, 1710-1820.
The set includes 24 plays comprising 750 pages and another 500 pages of introductory materials, notes and collations. December
of 2004 saw the release of his edition of The Poetry of W.H. Ireland, a selection that firmly establishes Ireland’s place among the
most important Romantic poets of his era. In 2005, Dr. Kahan completed his editions of Ireland’s Shakespearean Gothic novels
Gondez and Rimauldo. He then had a glass of milk.
In 2006, he published The Cult of Kean, a study of the Regency Shakespeare actor Edmund Kean, with Ashgate. Another book,
co-written with Stanley Stewart, Professor of English at UC Riverside, Caped Crusaders 101: Composition Through Comic Books, came
out with McFarland (2006). In that same year, Kahan published an edition of Ireland’s The Abbess, issued by Zittaw, an edition of
Southey’s epic poetry with the University of Gloucestershire, an edition of Much Ado About Nothing with the Shakespeare Sourcebook
Series, and guest-edited John Mulryan’s journal Cithara. He then slept for a year.
In 2008, Dr. Kahan wrote a comprehensive general introduction and contributed an essay to a new collection on King Lear
(published by Routledge). In 2009, Professor Kahan completed a new book, Bettymania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture (Lehigh
University), and, along with Thomas Hester, guest edited a special double-issue of the Ben Jonson Journal. The issue also included
an essay, ” ‘Shakespear wanted Arte’: Questioning the Historical Value of Ben Jonson’s Conversations With Drummond.” An
edition of Pericles, published as part of the New Kittredge Shakespeare series, also appeared in 2009, as did a new essay on W.H.
Ireland’s gothics, published in Shakespearean Gothic, eds. Christy Desmet and Anne Williams. In 2010, Professor Kahan edited
Coriolanus (New Kittredge Shakespeare Series). An updated and revised second edition of his book Caped Crusaders 101 appeared
in the fall of 2010. He then joined writer’s anonymous.
In 2011, he published How to Get Published in the Humanities. In the same year, Professor Kahan agreed to write on the
author/poet/forger W.H. Ireland for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Gothic (published 2013). He wrote a short essay on incest
and the gothic for the same publication. He then considered writing War and Peace but discovered that Tolstoy had already
written it, and that Woody Allen had already penned this joke.
In 2012, he established the La Verne Shakespeare Center, now known as The La Verne Shakespeare Experience. His tasks as Director
include the creation of a High School Shakespeare Program, planning and coordinating on-campus Shakespearean events, an annual
Shakespeare conference, community outreach, and working with University Relations and other faculty and staff on fundraising
and grant writing. He also lost a game of chess….
In 2013, Kahan published a new book, Shakespiritualism: Shakespeare and the Occult (Palgrave, 2013). This study concerns itself
with a now-forgotten religious group, Spiritualists, and how its ensuing discussions of Shakespeare's meaning, his writing practices,
his possible collaborations, and the supposed purity and/or corruption of his texts anticipated, accompanied, or silhouetted similar
debates in Shakespeare Studies. The following review comes by way of Edward Pechter, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Concordia
University, Canada and author of Shakespeare Studies Today:
"Shakespiritualism introduces a fascinating collection of individuals who imagined they could make contact with the living spirit
of Shakespeare. Kahan acknowledges how easy it would be to dismiss their endeavors as silly if not mad, but to do so, he argues,
would constitute a missed critical opportunity. For one thing, the very strangeness of the phenomenon helps to define by contrast
the interpretive practice with which professional Shakespeareans are familiar. Then too, it's not so strange after all. Kahan points
to surprising continuities between Shakespiritualism and our own work, and his darker purpose in this learned and appealing
book is to suggest that a critical engagement with Shakespiritualism, while it is bound to remain a queer-looking enterprise, might
help to enlarge our own practice beyond the unproductively narrow space within which it is sometimes enclosed."
He also had a book tour, which took him to UC Riverside, Cal State Long Beach, Fresno Pacific, and Vanderbilt. In celebration thereof,
he tried getting drunk in his hotel room but confused those tiny shampoo bottles with that stuff in the mini-bar.
Also in 2013, Kahan returned to the subject of the Ireland Shakspeare forgeries for European Romantic Review. No humorous remark
needed: The Ireland forgeries function as their own punchline.
A more recent interest concerns the future of the discipline. Kahan anticipates that, like Science Departments, Theater Departments
will soon have to seek their own funding. To meet that coming challenge, he is currently enrolled in La Verne’s M.S. in Leadership
and Management program, with an emphasis on fundraising and non-profit administration. He will complete this Master’s program
in the spring of 2014. Kahan’s first publication on leadership will appear later this year. He is already on the Editorial Advisory Board
for three books with Bryan Christiansen, PryMarke, LLC (USA): Economic Growth and Technological Change in Latin America; Nationalism,
Cultural Indoctrination, and Economic Prosperity in the Digital Age; Handbook of Research on Global Business Opportunities. In addition, he
recently created and administrates The Academic Therapist is IN: Positive Support for Struggling Academics. He also writes a
Kahan just completed a new article, “‘I tell you what mine author says’: A Brief History of Stylometrics,” which will appear in ELH.
Concurrently, he is editing an issue of Studies in Gothic Fiction, writing a new book, penning an article on Shakespeare, another
on comicbooks, and contributing a review to Cahiers Élisabéthains. By his count, he has pulped several rainforests of paper,
single-handedly causing the Polar Vortex of 2014.
Dr. Kahan is member of the editorial board for Shakespeare Yearbook, Udolpho Press, and The Dark Man, the latter, a journal dedicated
to the study of Texas writer R.E. Howard. He is also a co-editor of the CORD project, a work detailing all extant information of
Elizabethan theater, actors, poets, and playwrights. From 2001 to 2005, he served as General Editor of the Shakespeare Millennium
series. His articles, notes, and reviews have been published in American Notes and Queries, The Ben Jonson Journal, The Cambridge
Bibliography of English Literature, Cithara, Early Modern Language Studies, The Encyclopedia of British Literature and Poetry, The
Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures, English Language Notes, Marlowe Society of America Newsletter, Notes and Queries, Renaissance
Quarterly, Seventeenth-Century News, Women's Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Newsletter, Shakespeare Yearbook, and Upstart
Crow, among others. He is consumed by pumpkins and vise versa….
Kahan also works with the local community, serving as a board member for Los Angeles’s Ark Theater Company and as an adviser
for a number of theater groups. You can read some of his client reviews on his LinkedIn page. Kahan foregoes all sleep to serve
as the Vice President of Alpha Chi, Region VII. He is thrilled to be associated with this American honor’s society, but the Canadian
in him quibbles that there is no “u” in honor.
Since the reader has made it so far, Kahan wishes to share the secret of his success: Always avoid alliteration. Laugh still more with
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