Plenary Profiles: Laurie Maguire and Felix Budelmann

Oxford professors Laurie Maguire and Felix Budelmann will bring their joint expertise to BritGrad on Saturday, 6 June. Professor Maguire earned her Master’s from the Shakespeare Institute and her doctorate from London University, King’s College. Before teaching at Oxford, she held a post-doctorate position at the University of Toronto and taught at the University of Ottawa. Maguire is interested in Shakespearean interiority, early modern medicine, Elizabethan performance, and the influence of the classics on Renaissance writing. She also hosts a fortnightly seminar on Literature and Medicine.

Maguire has published numerous articles and books, including Othello: Language and Writing (Arden/Bloomsbury, 2014) and Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood (Oxford, 2009). She co-authored Thirty Great Myths About Shakespeare (Oxford, 2013) with Emma Smith, with whom she also wrote “What is a source? Or, how Shakespeare read his Marlowe” (Shakespeare Survey, forthcoming 2015). The essay won the Hoffman Prize for a Distinguished Publication on Christopher Marlowe.

Classics scholar Professor Felix Budelmann received his doctorate from Cambridge and taught at the Open University and the University of Manchester before joining the faculty at Magdalen College, Oxford. He specializes in tragic and lyric Greek literature. Budelmann is also intrigued by cognitive science and its relationship to literature, which led him and Maguire to embark on an interdisciplinary collaboration with evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar.

Budelmann recently co-edited Choruses, Ancient and Modern (Oxford, 2013) and co-wrote “Timotheus’ poetics of blending: a cognitive approach to the language of the New Music” in the journal Classical Philology (2014). Check out a video of him discussing the enduring influence of Oedipus Rex:

Maguire and Budelmann will present on audience responses to ambiguity in Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and two Greek tragedies.

Big News Friday: KDJ confirmed, CFP posted!

First things first:  Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones will join us as a plenary speaker.

Professor Duncan-Jones (BLitt, MA Oxf, FRSL) is a Senior Research Fellow in English at Somerville College, University of Oxford. Her research interests include Elizabethan literature, history and biography, especially with reference to original sources and early texts. Current work focuses on Shakespeare’s reputation from 1592-1623, and to that end we refer you to her 2011 monograph, Shakespeare: Upstart Crow to Sweet Swan 1592-1623. Other publications include Sir Philip Sidney: Courtier Poet, Shakespeare’s SonnetsUngentle Shakespeare: Scenes from His Life, and Shakespeare’s Poems (ed. with H. R. Woudhuysen).

[If you’re keeping track, Professor Duncan-Jones makes four. Which means we still have a couple plenary panels to fill – so remember to check back often for further plenary related news as well as some upcoming guest blogs.]

Secondly:  Registration is now open and the Call for Papers is posted.  Take a look at both under the Registration 2012 tab above. We can’t wait to start reading abstracts!

Confirmed: Tiffany Stern

We have our first confirmed plenary speaker, and couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Tiffany Stern to this year’s conference.

Professor Stern will present a paper titled ‘Such Place, such Men, such Language & such Ware': The Theatre of London’s Fairs.

Prof Stern is the Beaverbrook and Bouverie Fellow and Tutor in English, University College, Oxford, and Lecturer (CUF) in English, Oxford University.  Her research specialises in Shakespeare, theatre history (16-18th centuries), book history, and editing.  Two of her monographs have won the David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies.  If you’d like a longer list of her publications, qualifications, and academic interests, take a look at her staff profile here.