Gavin Paul’s research interests centre on Shakespeare and early modern drama. His work on the intersections of editorial practice, textual theory, and performance history has appeared in The Review of English Studies, Shakespeare: The Journal of the British Shakespeare Association, The Bulletin for the Society of Renaissance Studies, Comitatus,The Upstart Crow, and Literature Compass (where he is the three-time winner of Blackwell Publishing’s Essay Prize). His doctoral thesis analyzing the history of Shakespearean editors’ engagements with performance won the Paul G. Stanwood Prize from UBC and the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America–this international prize is awarded in recognition of the year’s outstanding work in Shakespeare studies. His first book, Shakespeare and the Imprints of Performance (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), has received very positive reviews and was reprinted in 2016. He is currently editing the Internet Shakespeare Edition of Macbeth (with Anthony Dawson).
He is also interested in comic book literature and literary responses to 9/11; his work in these fields has appeared in American Periodicals, European Comic Art, and The Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels.
Gavin began teaching in Arts One since 2010 and he is thrilled to be back for the Dangerous Questions, Forbidden Knowledge theme. In 2019 he was awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize for his work in the Arts One program.
He loves being a husband and a father, he has difficulty letting go of old t-shirts and sneakers, and he daydreams about sports and comic books more than he would like to admit. He has recently published Conspiracy of One, a collection of short stories, and The Coward, a collection of essays on topics ranging from fatherhood to the strange pains and pleasures of a life devoted to solitary reading.