Professor of English Literature
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BA (Honors) Duke University, 1971; MA, PhD University of Pennsylvania 1976 Reaching Positions at Mississippi State University, University of Hawaii, University of Rochester; Bank of America Excellence Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2004-2006; appointed Goldsmiths College, 2006
I am currently the convenor of 'Renaissance Literature' and 'Engaging Poetry'; I am also teaching on Shakespeare.
Renaissance courtesy; early modern ideas about the legitimacy of language; 'Elizabethan' staging of Shakespeare in the 20th century
My research interests include early modern writing, particularly poetics and rhetoric; English drama to 1700, particularly Shakespeare; history of Shakespearean performance. My current research examines poetic structures-the line, the couplet, the stanza-in light of Elizabethan visual culture, especially the passion for symmetry in architecture, gardening, clothing, and other areas of design. This project was supported by a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2004-05.
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