Professor Stephen Greenblatt is the Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is widely regarded as the founder of New Historicism, and thus one of the most influential literary scholars of recent decades. His research interests include Shakespeare, Early Modern Literature and Culture, Literature of Travel and Exploration, Religion and Literature, Literature and Anthropology, and Literary and Cultural Theory. His publications include: Will in the World (2004), Hamlet in Purgatory (2001), Co-gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature (2000), Practicing New Historicism (with Catherine Gallagher, 2000), Gen. ed. Norton Shakespeare (1997), ed. New World Encounters (1993), ed. Redrawing the Boundaries (1992), Marvelous Possessions (1991), Learning to Curse (1990), Shakespearean Negotiations (1988), ed. Representing the English Renaissance (1988), Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980).
Professor Andrew Gurr, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Reading and former Director of Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, is a leading theatre historian of the Shakespeare period. His published work includes: Shakespeare’s Opposites: The Admiral’s Company 1594-1625 (2009), Staging in Shakespeare’s Theatres (2000), The Shakespearean Playing Companies (1996), Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London (1987), and The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642 (1970). He has also written a biography of Shakespeare (1996), and edited several of Shakespeare's plays, including The First Quarto of Henry V (2000), Henry V (1992), and Richard II (1984), as well as three plays by Beaumont and Fletcher.
Dr Ton Hoenselaars is Reader in Early Modern English Literature in the English Department of the University of Utrecht. He is the Chairman of the Netherlands Society for the Study of English (NSES), and the founding Chairman of the Shakespeare Society of the Low Countries (SGNV). He is the author of Images of Englishmen and Foreigners in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (1992). He has edited, alone or with others, Challenging Humanism (2005), Shakespeare’s History Plays (2004), Shakespeare and the Language of Translation (2004), Traveling Theory (1999), The Author as Character (1999), English Literature and the Other Languages (1999), Jeanne d’Arc entre les nations (1997), Vreemd Volk (1997), The Italian World of English Renaissance Drama (1997), Reclamations of Shakespeare (1994), Denken over Dichten (1993), and Shakespeare’s Italy (1993, revised edition 1997). He is currently writing a monograph on Shakespeare and World War I.
Dr Diane Purkiss is Fellow and Tutor of English at Keble College, Oxford. Her research interests are wide-ranging and include the history of food in England, the dissolution of the English monasteries, Henry VIII and sixteenth-century religious orders, the English Civil War, folklore, Shakespeare and other Renaissance drama, Milton, and women’s writing. Her publications include: A History of Food in England (2008), Shakespeare and the Supernatural (2008), The English Civil War: A People’s History (2006), Literature, Gender, and Politics during the English Civil War (2005), ed. Three Tragedies by Renaissance Women (1998), The Witch in History: Early Modern and Late Twentieth Century Representations (1996), ed. Women's Renaissance: Elizabeth Cary’s Tragedie of Mariam and Edward II and Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaorum (1994), Co-ed. Women, Texts and Histories 1575-1760 (1992).
Professor Ramie Targoff is Professor of English and American Literature at Brandeis University, where she teaches and studies Renaissance literature, with an emphasis on the relationship between literature and religion. She has recently finished a book on the poetry and religious works of John Donne, and has now begun a new project on Renaissance love lyric. Recent publications include: John Donne, Body and Soul (2008), “Traducing the Soul: Donne’s Second Anniversarie” (PMLA, 2006), “Facing Death” (The Cambridge Companion to John Donne, 2005), Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion in Early Modern England (2001).