Peter Happe

Primary position:
Visiting Fellow


The University of Southampton
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My first degree was in English at Queens' College, Cambridge (1955); after a Certificate in Education, I gained an MA in English at Birkbeck College, London, followed by a London PhD I have taught English at a variety of schools and colleges, and was appointed Principal of Rutland Sixth Form College and later of Barton Peveril Sixth Form College; I have also been a Tutor and Associate Lecturer of the Open University since 1983, taught undergraduate courses at Cambridge, Southampton, and Tours Universities, and supervised PhD students at Southampton and Tours. I was a visiting professor of the University of Tours in 1994, and was awarded the Medal of Honour of the City of Tours in 2002; I held a Hartley Fellowship at the University of Southampton in 1995-6, and was a Research Associate at the Open University from 1996-9.

I have published extensively on medieval and early Renaissance drama.


Recent Publications

Edited books and texts

Happé, Peter and Wim Hüsken (eds) (2012) Les Mystères: Studies in Genre, Text and Theatricality, Amsterdam, Rodopi.

Happé, Peter (2012) (ed.) The Tale of a Tub in Bevington, David, Martin Butler and Ian Donaldson (eds) The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, VI, 543-654. [note: The electronic supplement will contain ‘The Texts of the 1640-1 Folio’]

Happé, Peter (2012) (ed.) The Tide Tarrieth No Man, Manchester, Manchester University Press for the Malone Society, 2012

Book section

Happé, Peter (2012) ‘Michel adapts Gréban: Some Aspects of the Passion Sequence’, in Happé, Peter and Wim Hüsken (eds) Les Mystères: Studies in Genre, Text and Theatricality, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 71-92.

Happé, Peter (2012), ‘John Heywood’ in Garrett A. Sullivan Jr., et al (eds) The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell

Happé, Peter (2012), ‘“Pullyshyd and fresshe is your ornacy”: Madness and the Fall of Skelton’s Magnyfycence’, in Betteridge, Thomas and Greg Walker (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 482-98


Happé, Peter (2011) ‘Noye’s Fludde: Benjamin Britten’s Interpretation of the Chester Play’. Anglophonia, 29, 251-65

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Happé, Peter (2007) Printing the third volume of Jonson’s Works. The Ben Jonson Journal: Literary Contexts in the Age of Elizabeth, James, and Charles, 14, (1), 20-42.
Happé, Peter (2003) Jonson's on-stage audiences: spectaret populum ludis attentius ipsis. Ben Jonson Journal, 10, 23-41.


Happé, Peter (2007) The Towneley cycle: unity and diversity, Cardiff, Wales, University of Wales Press, 304pp. (Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages Series).
Strietman, Elsa and Happé, Peter (eds.) (2007) Urban theatre in the low countries 1400-1625, Turnhout, Belgium, Brepols, 317pp. (Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe, 12).
Happé, Peter and Strietman, Elsa (eds.) (2004) Three Dutch Rhetoricians plays, Lancaster, UK, Medieval English Theatre, 186pp. (Medieval English Theatre, 26).
Happé, Peter (2004) Cyclic form and the English mystery plays: a comparative study of the English biblical cycles and their continental and iconographic counterparts, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Rodopi, 349pp. (Ludus - Medieval and Early Renaissance Theatre and Drama, 7).


Research Interests

I am now co-editing , with Wim Hüsken, the Ludus series on Medieval and Early Renaissance Theatre and Drama for Rodopi.

Current interests include contributions to the forthcoming editions of Ben Jonson (Cambridge University Press) and James Shirley (Oxford University Press).


Dr Peter Happe
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Email: ph7@soton.ac.uk