2006 Plenary Speakers: Lisa S. Starks and William Proctor Williams

Lisa S. Starks is an associate professor of English at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Since earning her Ph.D. from University of South Florida in 1992, Starks has presented papers, published articles, and edited volumes on various topics related to violence in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, psychoanalysis, and film.

She has published articles in journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly, Early Modern Literary Studies,Literature and Psychology, and Theatre Journal; and inbook collections such as:

  • "Antony and Cleopatra”: New Critical Essays (Routledge, 2005),
  • Performing Transversally (Palgrave, 2003),
  • Shakespeare and Appropriation (Routledge, 1999), and
  • Marlowe, History, and Sexuality (AMS, 1998).

She has guest edited two special issues of Post Scripton Shakespeare and film, entitled Adaptations (1997) and Derivatives and Variations (1998); and she has co-edited (with Courtney Lehmann) two books, entitled Spectacular Shakespeare: Critical Theory and Popular Cinema (FDU/AUP, 2002) and The Reel Shakespeare: Alternative Cinema and Theory (FDU/AUP, 2002).

Currently, Starks is working on a book dealing with violence, sexuality, and masculinity in Shakespeare, tentatively titled Transforming Trauma: Melancholy, Male Masochism, and the Matter of Britain in Shakespeare's Roman Poems and Plays.


William Proctor Williams is Professor of English Emeritus at Northern Illinois University and Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Akron. He is currently editing The New Variorum Shakespeare Edition of Titus Andronicus. He has edited Macbeth (scheduled to appear in 2006) for the Sourcebooks Shakespeare series, and is also editing Romeo and Juliet and Richard III for this series of editions. The third edition of his and Craig S. Abbott's An Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies (MLA) appeared in 1999.

Williams has received numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities research grant, and a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, and in 2003-2004 was the Myra and Charlton Hinman Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library. He has published widely on English Renaissance literature, particularly Shakespeare, and on textual criticism, bibliography, and book history.


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