Speaker Biographies

beckwithSarah Beckwith is Katherine Everitt Gilbert Professor of English, Theater Studies & Religion and English Department Chair at Duke University. She is the author of Christ’s Body: Identity, Religion and Society in Medieval English Writing (1993); Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi (2001); and Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness (2011). She is currently working on a book about Shakespearean tragedy and about philosophy’s love affair with the genre of tragedy, and The Book of Second Chances, a book about versions of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. She co-edited the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies for several years, and co-founded the book series Re-Formations with the University of Notre Dame

brburni1Bruce Burningham is Professor of Hispanic Studies and Theatre at Illinois State University, where he currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and also acts. He specializes in medieval and early modern Spanish and Latin American literature, Hispanic theatre, and performance theory. He is the author of Radical Theatricality: Jongleuresque Performance on the Early Spanish Stage (2007) and Tilting Cervantes: Baroque Reflections on Postmodern Culture (2008). He is Editor of Cervantes, the official journal of the Cervantes Society of America.

david-castillo-2David Castillo
is Professor of Spanish at SUNY Buffalo, where he served as Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures between 2009 and 2015 and is currently the Director of the UB Humanities Institute. He is the author of Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities (2011) and Awry Views: Anamorphosis, Cervantes, and the Early Picaresque (2001), and co-author of Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics (2009) and Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media (forthcoming 2016). He is a SUNY Buffalo “Scholar on the Road” who has contributed to The New York Times and made appearances on The Voice of America, WBFO and NPR, and other media outlets.

291b4b7e-fb92-4d73-a632b811141934caSheila Cavanagh is Professor of English at Emory University and Fulbright/Global Shakespeare Distinguished Chair in the UK (2015-2016).  She is founding director of the World Shakespeare Project and co-Director of “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” and Emory’s “Year of Shakespeare” (2016-2017).  The author of Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in the Faerie Queene (1994) and Cherished Torment: the Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania (2001), she is also active in the electronic realm, having directed the Emory Women Writers Resource Project since 1994 and serving for many years as editor of the online Spenser Review.

roger_chartierRoger Chartier is Professeur in the Collège de France and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His work in Early Modern European History is rooted in the tradition of the “Annales School” and is mainly dedicated to the history of education, the history of the book and the history of reading. Major books include The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution (1991), On the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language and Practices (1996), and Inscription and Erasure: Literature and Written Culture from the Eleventh to the Eighteen Century (2008). Recently, he has focused on the relationship between written culture as a whole and literature (particularly theatrical plays) for France, England and Spain in books such as The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind (2013) and Cardenio between Cervantes and Shakespeare: The Story of a Lost Play (2013).

williamegginton_webWilliam Egginton is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. He is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher’s Desire (2007), and The Theater of Truth (2010). His most recent book is In Defense of Religious Moderation (2011). His next book, The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

barbarafuchs_b7c12b63-454c-4d38-b56f-2a907805f783-prv_originalBarbara Fuchs is Professor in the Departments of English and Spanish & Portuguese and Director of the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies and the Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. Trained as a comparatist, she works on European cultural production from the late fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries, with a special emphasis on literature and empire. During 2006-2007, she held a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project on “Moorishness” and the conflictive construction of Spain, Exotic Nation (2009). Her most recent books are The Poetics of Piracy (2013), a study of the occlusion of Spain in English literary history; Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2015), a co-edited collection of essays; and Women and Servants (2016), a translation of a recently rediscovered play by Lope de Vega play.

howard20portrait20-20resizedJean Howard is George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University where she teaches early modern literature, Shakespeare, feminist studies, and theater history.  Her books include Shakespeare’s Art of Orchestration: Stage Technique and Audience Response (1984); The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England (1994); the co-authored Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories (1997); and Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy 1598-1642 (2007). In addition, Professor Howard, a past President of the Shakespeare Association of America, is one of the co-editors of The Norton Shakespeare and general editor of the Bedford Contextual Editions of Shakespeare. Her new book, Staging History: Forging the Body Politic, considers the different genealogies of the history play in America and England in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

263864846_1280x720Steve McCaffery is Professor and  David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters at SUNY Buffalo, Director of the Poetics Program, and the author of five scholarly books. McCaffery’s poetry publications include a number of chapbooks and full-length collections, among them Modern Reading: Poems 1969–1990 (1991), Seven Pages Missing: Selected Texts Volume One (2001) and Volume Two (2002), and Verse and Worse: Selected and New Poems of Steve McCaffery 1989–2009 (2010). He has twice received the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative North American Poetry.

Laurie Shannon
is Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English laurieLiterature and Chair of the English Department at Northwestern University. She has held fellowships from ACLS and the Guggenheim Foundation and served as chair of the MLA Division on Shakespeare and as a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her recent book, The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales, won the 2015 Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Prize for the most outstanding recent contribution to early modern studies. Her new project, “Hamlet’s Kindness,” turns back to consider a duly de-frocked sense of Renaissance “human being” (and the “folly” that anchors it) from the comparative perspective afforded by early modern natural history writing.

Julian Yates, English.Julian Yates is Professor of English and Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. He is the author of numerous essays on Renaissance literature and culture, questions of ecology, literary theory and thing theory, and author or editor of four books: Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance (2003), which was a finalist for the MLA Best First Book Prize; What’s the Worst Thing You Can Do To Shakespeare? (2013), co-authored with Richard Burt; Object-Oriented Environs in Early Modern England (2015), co-edited with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen; and Multispecies Impressions: Writing and Reading with Animals, Plants, and Fungi, which will appear in the University Minnesota Press’s posthumanities series in fall 2016.