Plenary #5: Grace Ioppolo



We’re pleased to announce our fifth plenary speaker for this year’s conference: Professor Grace Ioppolo.



Grace Ioppolo is Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama at the University of Reading and an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Professor Ioppolo specialises in manuscript and textual studies as well as Shakespearean and early modern drama and theatre history. Her publications include the monograph Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse (2006) andShakespeare Performed: Essays in Honor of R. A. Foakes (2000). She has also edited King Lear (2007) and Measure for Measure (2009), and is the General Editor ofThe Complete Works of Thomas Heywood (2012 – 2018).

Professor Ioppolo has not only studied the transmission of text from author to playhouse to audience but is a key figure in transmitting such texts to modern audiences. She is the Founder and Director of the Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project, which aims to make more widely available the manuscripts left to the Archive of Dulwich College by its founder, Edward Alleyn. Less than half of the theatrical items in the Henslowe-Alleyn Papers have ever been transcribed, and even these transcriptions are difficult to locate; the project is unique in its ambition to provide images and transcriptions of such a large volume of items. Moreover, the Project aims to provide resources not only to scholars of theatre or history, but to students, actors, directors and general readers interested in Renaissance theatre.

BritGrad 2014 is delighted to welcome Professor Ioppolo to the sixteenth conference. Her paper will be titled, “‘What, shall these papers lie like tell-tales here?’: Using manuscripts on digital and social media to tell on Shakespeare”.


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