Treading the Maze

Several Entrances to the Shakespearean Ludisphere


  • Michael Lutz Massachusetts Institute of Technology


As this special issue of Borrowers and Lenders demonstrates, there is indeed a variety of thinking and valuing at work in the Shakespeare games our contributors discuss. Games might make of Shakespeare a kind of cultural litmus test, a body of knowledge to be mastered in order to pass a difficult puzzle; but they might also give players the chance to speak back to or around the figure of Shakespeare by attending to characters left in his margins.

Author Biography

Michael Lutz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Lutz is a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is also a Research Assistant to Diana Henderson for the open online course Global Shakespeares: Re-Creating the Merchant in Venice. He studies intersections of early modern drama, historical humanism, new media, and games, and is currently working on a monograph, Speculative Humanism on the Shakespearean Stage, as well as a short volume on the multimedia webcomic Homestuck and its fandom. He has published on Shakespeare in Modern Philology and the Journal of Narrative Theory. With Cameron Kunzelman of Mercer University, he is also co-host of the podcast Game Studies Study Buddies.