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Samuel Crowl

Samuel Crowl , portrait
Trustee Professor of English Emeritus

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Ph.D., English, Indiana University, 1970

A.B., Philosophy, Hamilton College, 1962

Scholarly Focus

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Drama

Sam Crowl is Professor of English at Ohio University where he has taught since 1970. He has twice been honored for distinguished teaching and served as Dean of University College from 1981-92. Crowl has held an Observership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has published and lectured widely on performance aspects of Shakespeare.

Sam Crowl is the author of Shakespeare Observed (1992) and many articles on performance aspects of Shakespeare in such journals as: Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, and Shakespeare Bulletin. His undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare are critically and theoretically focused not only on text but on the text in performance, on stage, film, and video.



Screen Adaptations: Hamlet (London: Bloomsbury/Arden), 2014

Henry IV, Part One, ed. The New Kittredge Shakespeare Series (Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing), 2009

Shakespeare And Film: A Norton Guide (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2008)

Shakespeare at the Cineplex: The Kenneth Branagh Era (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002).

Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992). Second printing, 1993. Paperback edition, 1994. Second printing, 1995.

Chapters in Books

“Shakespeare and Hollywood: Kenneth Branagh’s Film of Much Ado About Nothing,” in Spectacular Shakespeare: Critical Theory and Popular Cinema (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001), eds. Courtney Lehman and Lisa Starks.

“Flamboyant Realist: Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Films,” in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), ed. Russell Jackson.

“Our Lofty Scene: Teaching Julius Caesar on Film,” in Teaching Shakespeare into the 21st Century (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1997) eds. James Davis and Ronald Salomone.

“A World Elsewhere: The Roman Plays on Film and Television,” in Shakespeare and the Moving Image, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), eds. Anthony Davies and Stanley Wells.

“Where the Wild Things Are: Shakespeare in the American Landscape,” in Teaching Shakespeare Today (Champaign-Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English, 1993), eds. James Davis and Ronald Salomone.

“University College at Ohio University: An Historical Perspective,” in Portals of Entry: University Colleges and Undergraduate Divisions, (Columbia: National Resource Center for Freshman Year Programs Monograph Series, 1993), ed. Diane Strommer.

Recent Articles

“Ralph Fiennes’s Film of Coriolanus,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 30 (#2), Summer (2012), pp. 145-149.

“Julie Taymor’s Film of The Tempest,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 29 (#2), Summer (2011), pp. 177-183.

“Kenneth Branagh’s Film of As You Like It,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 26 (#1), Spring (2008), pp. 97-103.

“John Caird’s Hamlet,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Winter, 2001), pp. 9-10.

“Peter Brook’s Hamlet,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Winter, 2001), pp. 32-33.

“The South Bank Globe: The Fifth Season,” Shakespeare and the Classroom, Vol. VIII, No. 2, (Fall, 2000), pp. 7-9.

“Michael Almereyda’s film of Hamlet,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 4 (Fall, 2000), pp. 39-40.

“Julie Taymor’s film of Titus,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 2000), pp. 46-47.

“Michael Hoffman’s film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 17, #3 (Summer, 1999), pp. 41-42.

“The King and I: The Education of a Shakespeare Prof,” Shakespeare and the Classroom, Vol. VII, No. 1 (Spring, 1999), pp. 18-23.

“Zeffirelli’s Hamlet: The Golden Girl and a Fistful of Dust,” Cineaste, Vol. XXIV #1 (fall 1998), pp. 56-61.

“Adrian Noble’s film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Winter 1998), pp. 12-13.

“Adrian Noble’s Cymbeline,” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Fall 1997), pp. 38-39.

“Changing Colors Like the Chameleon: Ian McKellen’s Richard III from Stage to Film,” POST SCRIPT, Vol. 17 #1 (Fall 1997), pp. 53-63.

Courses Taught

  • Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare on Film
  • Literature and Film
  • Drama in Performance
  • 19th and 20th Century Novel