Philip Schwyzer

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Philip Schwyzer
Born (1970-04-19) April 19, 1970 (age 48)
Santa Barbara, California, United States
Occupation Author, lecturer
Relatives Hugo Schwyzer

Philip Schwyzer (born 19 April 1970) is an American-British literary scholar and author, who since 2001 has been Professor of Renaissance Literature at Exeter University.[1]

Family background[edit]

Schwyzer was born in Santa Barbara, California. His father was Hubert Schwyzer (1935–2006), a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who was born in Austria, taken to England as a child when his parents, a Vienna-based Jewish physician father and half-Jewish mother,[2] fled after the Anschluss, and later emigrated to California.[3] His mother, Alison Schwyzer, taught philosophy at Monterey Peninsula College.[4] His parents divorced when he was young, and, with his elder brother, he was raised by his mother in Carmel, California.[4] His brother, Hugo, is an author, blogger, and former academic at Pasadena City College.


Schwyzer received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.[1] He also holds an M.Phil from Lincoln College, Oxford.[1]

His book Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature, explored images of exhumation and excavation texts including Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, Spenser's Faerie Queene, John Donne's sermons and Thomas Browne's Hydriotaphia.[5] Further publications include Literature, Nationalism and Memory in Early Modern England and Wales (2004).[1]

His book Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III (2013) looks at Shakespeare's play Richard III and the remains of the king recently discovered in Leicester. Schwyzer predicted that the discovery might lead to a "backlash" against Shakespeare, but also more interest in his play.[6] Regarding the controversy over where the bones should be reburied, Schwyzer said, "Experience shows that burying Richard III has never been a very effective way of getting him to rest in peace."[7]

He has co-authored sister guides to the Norton Anthology of English Literature and has contributed biographies to the Dictionary of National Biography including Arthur Kelton and Thomas Phaer (Phayer). Books that he has co-edited include Archipelagic Identities: Literature and Identity in the Early Modern Atlantic Archipelago (with Simon Mealor) Ashgate, 2004. In 2010, he collaborated with Willy Maley in the anthology Shakespeare and Wales.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Schwyzer Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). University of Exeter. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. ^ Hugo Schwyzer, Why I Won’t Tell Anyone To Calm Down, Nov 10, 2016
  3. ^ Schwyzer, Hugo (June 23, 2006). "Hubert R. G. Schwyzer, 1935–2006; the obituary, UPDATED". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Gable, Mona (March 26, 2014). "The Hugo Problem". Los Angeles. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "Curse on tomb may have spared Shakespeare". Western Morning News. 25 April 2007.
  6. ^ "The mysteries of Richard III are far from solved, says literary expert". Independent. 4 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Shakespeare and the controversy over Richard III's remains".
  8. ^ "Shakespeare and Wales".

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