Linda Anne Charnes

Linda Charnes is Associate Professor of English, Renaissance and Cultural Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She is the author of Notorious Identity: Materializing the Subject in Shakespeare (Harvard 1993) and the forthcoming book Hamlet's Heirs: Essays on Inheriting Shakespeare (Routledge 2005). In 1998 she directed the "Shakespeare and Postmodernism" seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and has published and spoken widely about Shakespeare and contemporary American and British politics. She will be delivering the paper "Operation Enduring Hamlet."


Gordon Dahlquist

Gordon Dahlquist is a native of the Pacific Northwest, but since 1988 has lived in New York. He received Garland Playwriting awards for both Delirium Palace and Messalina, and the Joe Calloway Award from New Dramatists. He has been a member of New Dramatists, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He is a graduate of Reed College and Columbia University's School of the Arts. His works include: Messalina, Babylon is Everywhere: A Court Masque, Delirium Palace, The Secret Machine, Vortex Du Plaisir, Island of Dogs, Severity's Mistress, Mission Byzantium! and Reticence. He has written and directed several experimental films, including Boise and Beyond, Requiem and the feature-length Rope of Blood. The title of his paper is "Glamour vs. Justice: the Stuart Masque as a Practical Model for Political Theatre in the 21st Century".


Sara Eaton

Sara Eaton is currently a professor of English at North Central College in Naperville, Il, teaching courses on Shakespeare, early modern drama and literature, and a variety of interdisciplinary courses taught at all levels of the curriculum. She is also Chair of the Arts and Letters Division (English, Modern and Classical Languages, Art, Music, Theatre, and Speech Communications). She has published on The Winter's Tale and Middleton's The Second Maiden's Tragedy, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, Anne Bradstreet, and Middleton's The Changeling in a number of journals and essay collections. The current focus of her research has been on the emergence of a market culture in the early modern period and its impact on the theatre. The title of her paper is "Credit Relations and Chapman's The Widow's Tears."


Donald Hedrick

Hedrick is Professor of English at Kansas State University, founding director of the graduate program in Cultural Studies, and has been a visiting professor at Cornell, Colgate, Amherst College, and Charles University in Prague. Co-editor of Shakespeare Without Class: Misappropriations of Cultural Capital (2000), he has published on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Renaissance architecture, cultural theory, and film. He has recent essays in the "Imagining History" issue of PMLA, in Renaissance Drama, and elsewhere. His current work, historicizing the concept of "entertainment," includes study of the theatricalization of masculinity, as well as contemporary business uses of Shakespeare, movie trailers, and, for a session at the next World Shakespeare Congress in
Brisbane, Shakespeare and Ecology. Recently a visiting professor in drama at the University of California, Irvine, Hedrick has become engaged in theatrical theory and practice as director of a production of The Winter's Tale.


Leah Marcus

Leah S. Marcus has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, and is currently Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt. Her books include Childhood and Cultural Despair (1978), The Politics of Mirth (1986), Puzzling Shakespeare (1988), and Unediting the Renaissance (1996). Having written about "Unediting" she became an editor. She has also co-edited two volumes of the Works of Queen Elizabeth I (2000 and 2003) and has forthcoming a Norton Critical Edition of The Merchant of Venice (2005) and an Arden edition of The Duchess of Malfi (2008). The title of her paper is "Reading Race in Othello."


David Riggs

A full Professor at Stanford since 1985, David Riggs's first book, Shakespeare's Heroical Histories: Henry VI and Its Literary Tradition (1971), traces the influence of Shakespeare's grammar school education and apprentice work in the theater on his earliest plays. "The Artificial Day," published in 1975, relates the revival of the classical unities to the origins of early modern subjectivity. Ben Jonson: A Life (1989) is a biography of Shakespeare's laureate rival. Faber and Faber recently published his new biography, The World of Christopher Marlowe, in the U.K. Henry Holt will bring out a US edition in January, 2005. The title of his paper is "Shakespeare's Rivalry with Marlowe."

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