Email: yves.peyre[at]

Yves Peyré is Emeritus Professor of English at Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, Honorary President of the Société Française Shakespeare, which he chaired from 2003 to 2006, and co-General Editor of Cahiers Élisabéthains from 2001 to 2009. He is the author of La Voix des mythes dans la tragédie élisabéthaine (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 1996) and Venus and Adonis (Paris: Didier-Érudition, 1998), as well as numerous essays (see Select bibliography).

He is General Editor of A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Classical Mythology and the Early English Mythological Texts Series – both projects hosted on this website. 

Other contributions to this website

General Editor of Thomas Heywood’s Troia Britanica (2009—). Prelims and Books I to XIII already online

Review of John Scheid and Jesper Svenbro. La tortue et la lyre: Dans l’atelier du mythe antique. Paris, CNRS Éditions, 2014.

Review of Michael L. Stapleton.  Marlowe’s Ovid: The Elegies in the Marlowe Canon. Farnham, Ashgate, 2014.

Review of Fulgence.  Virgile dévoilé, translated (into French), presented and annotated by Étienne Wolff; postface by Françoise Graziani.  Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2009.

Review of Natale Conti’s Mythologiae.  Translated and annotated by John Mulryan and Stephen Brown, 2 vols. Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006.


Select bibliography

• “Shakespeare’s mythological feuilletage: A methodological induction”. In Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (ed. Janice Valls-Russell, Agnès Lafont and Charlotte Coffin). Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017: 25-40.

• “Homeric voices in Antony and Cleopatra.” Homer and Greek Tragedy in Early Modern England’s Theatres, ed. Tania Demetriou and Tanya Pollard. Special issue of Classical Receptions Journal 9:1 (2017): 36-54.

• “Femmina masculo e masculo femmina: Ovidian mythical structures, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and As You Like It”, Shakespeare’s Erotic Mythology and Ovidian Renaissance Culture, ed. Agnès Lafont, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2013, 173-182. 

• Titania and the “bouncing Amazon”: Some Virgilian Transformations in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Early Modern England, Échanges et transformations: le Moyen Âge, la Renaissance et leurs réécritures contemporaines / Exchanges and transformations: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Contemporary ReworkingsAnglophonia 29 (2011).  Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2011, 119-28.

• “‘Confusion now hath made his masterpiece’ : Senecan resonances in Macbeth”. In Shakespeare and the Classics, ed. Charles Martindale and A. B. Taylor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 141-55.

• “Shakespeare’s Odyssey”. In Shakespeare and the MediterraneanThe Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World Shakespeare Congress, Valencia, 2001, ed. Tom Clayton, Susan Brock and Vicente Forés. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2004, 230-42.

• “Niobe and the Nemean Lion : Reading Hamlet in the light of Ovid’s Metamorphoses”. In Shakespeare’s Ovid : The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems, ed. A. B. Taylor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 126-34.

• “Les métamorphoses d’Orphée dans le théâtre élisabéthain”. In Le metamorfosi di OrfeoConvegno internazionale Verona, 28-30 maggio 1998, Atti a cura di Anna Maria Babbi. Verona, Edizioni Fiorini, 1999, 195-211.

• “Iris’ ‘rich scarf’ and ‘Ariachne’s broken woof’: Shakespeare’s Mythology in the Twentieth Century”. In Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century: The Selected Proceedings of  the International Shakespeare Association World Shakespeare Congress Los Angeles,1996, ed. Jill Levenson, Jonathan Bate and Dieter Mehl. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1998, 280-93.

• “Marlowe’s Argonauts”. In Travel and Drama in Shakespeare’s Time, ed. J.-P. Maquerlot and M. Willems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, 106-23.

• “Travels in the Clouds: Metamorphosis, Doubt and Reason in the Renaissance”. In French Essays on Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, ed. Jean-Marie Maguin. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1995, 11-38.