Speaking of Shakespeare
With Columbia University
Professor Jean E. Howard
Wednesday, January 18
A professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, Jean E. Howard is one of today's most distinguished and influential humanities scholars. She is currently focused on a book to be called Staging History, a study that will relate Shakespeare to such modern playwrights as Caryl Churchill and Tony Kushner. That study will be one of the many engaging topics to be addressed during an conversation between Dr. Howard and John Andrews of the Shakespeare Guild.
Dr. Howard's many books include Shakespeare's Art of Orchestration (1984), Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's Histories (1997), and Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy (2007). She has co-edited such collections as The Stage and Struggle in Early Modern England (1994) and Marxist Shakespeares (2000), and she serves as a general editor for two prominent editions of the complete works: The Norton Shakespeare and the Bedford Contextual Editions of Shakespeare. Dr. Howard is a member of the editorial boards of three leading journals: Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Shakespeare Studies. In 1999-2000 she presided over one of our nation's most important professional organizations, the Shakespeare Association of America, and from 2008 to 2011 she chaired her department at Columbia. She holds degrees from Brown University, the University of London, and Yale University, and her research has been supported by prestigious Folger, Guggenheim, Huntington, Mellon, NEH, and Newberry fellowships.