Keynote Speaker: David Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Professor Bevington’s major publications include From "Mankind" to Marlowe (1962), Tudor Drama and Politics (1968), Action Is Eloquence:  Shakespeare's Language of Gesture (1985), Shakespeare(2002). In addition to his prolific scholarship, Professor Bevington is one of the most influential editors of our time. His major editorial projects include Longman’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare and Norton’s Anthology of Renaissance Drama. In addition, he is a senior editor of the Revel Plays and the Revels Student Editions. Professor Bevington is currently updating his editions of Shakespeare for Bantam Books, serving as a senior editor for Cambridge’s upcoming edition of The Works of Ben Jonson and writing a book on how Shakespeare’s plays were staged in their own day.

Plenary Speaker: Laurie Shannon is the E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of English at Duke University. In addition to a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago, Professor Shannon has also earned a J.D. from the Harvard Law School. Her current book projects include Zoographies of Knowledge: Animal Sovereignty before la Bête Machine as well as an edition of John Caius’s Of English Dogs. Professor Shannon is the author of Sovereign Amity: Figures of Friendship in Shakespearean Contexts ( University of Chicago Press, 2002). Her essays have appeared in English Literary Renaissance , ELH, SAQ, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Studies, Modern Philology, GLQ, and American Literature.


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