Dr David Hillman, King's



Biographical Information

I completed my PhD at Harvard University before training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock in London. I returned to academia in 2001, taking up a lectureship in Cambridge.

I am currently completing a monograph, Greetings and Partings in Shakespeare, which addresses the rich topic of salutary acts in Shakespeare and early modernity. It has significant areas of overlap with recent philosophical and social-anthropological interrogations of otherness, hospitality and the gift. I am also working on a monograph on Freud and Shakespeare which draws on my experience as a practical clinician to think through the relations between literature and psychoanalysis.

Research Interests

Shakespeare and Renaissance drama; psychoanalytic theory; scepticism; the history of the body. His publications include Shakespeare's Entrails: Belief, Scepticism and the Interior of the Body (Palgrave, 2007); The Great Shakespeareans: Marx and Freud (with Crystal Bartolovich and Jean Howard; Continuum, 2012); The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Body (co-editor with Ulrika Maude; Cambridge Univeristy Press); The Book of Interruptions (co-editor with Adam Phillips; Peter Lang, 2007); The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe (co-editor with Carla Mazzio; Routledge, 1997) and Authority and Representation in Early Modern Discourse (editor; Johns Hopkins UP, 1996). Forthcoming publications include Greetings and Partings in Shakespeare and Shakespeare's Freud/Freud's Shakespeare.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Renaissance Drama, especially Shakespeare; History and theory of the body; Psychoanalysis and culture; Philosophical approaches to literature. Contributes to teaching and/or supervision for the Medieval and Renaissance Literature MPhil and the MPhil in Criticism and Culture.

Selected Publications

  • David Hillman, ‘Ave Desdemona’, in Shakespeare and Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Exchange, ed. David B. Goldstein and Julia Reinhard Lupton (New York & London: Routledge, 2016), 133-56
  • David Hillman, ‘The Pity of It: Shakespearean Tragedy and Affect’, in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy, ed. Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 135-50
  • David Hillman, ‘“If it be love indeed”: Transference, Love and Anthony and Cleopatra’, Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 64 (3) (Fall 2013), 370-410
  • David Hillman, ‘Freud’s Shylock’, American Imago vol. 70 (1) (2013), 1-50
  • David Hillman, ‘"O, these encounterers": On Shakespeare’s Meetings and Partings’, Shakespeare Survey 62 (2009), 58-68
  • David Hillman,  ‘Troilus and Cressida: The Worst Case of the Other’, Philosophy and Literature Vol. 32, No. 1 (April 2008), 74-87
  • David Hillman, 'Homo Clausus at the Theatre', Rematerializing Shakespeare: Authority and Representation on the Early Modern Stage, ed. Bryan Reynolds and William West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), 161-85
  • David Hillman and Lynn Enterline, 'Other Selves / Other Bodies', Shakespeare Studies 33 (2005), 62-73
  • David Hillman, 'The Inside Story', Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture, ed. Carla Mazzio and Douglas Trevor (New York: Routledge, 2000, 299-324
  • David Hillman, 'Hamlet's Entrails', Stronds Afar Remote: Israeli Perspectives on Shakespeare, ed. Avraham Oz, University of Delaware Press, 1998, 177-203
  • David Hillman, 'The Gastric Epic: Troilus and Cressida', Shakespeare Quarterly (Fall 1997), 292-313
  • David Hillman, 'Puttenham, Shakespeare, and the Abuse of Rhetoric [on "Discretion"]', Studies in English Literature (Winter, 1996), 73-90