Henry S. Turner

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Summer 2015



Now in print: Early Modern Theatricality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), ed. Henry S. Turner. Twenty-nine full-length, original essays on the formal, historical, and philosophical dimensions of the stage. 624 pages, 25 illustrations, an Index of Plays cited, and a General Index. Stage, Interiority, Off-Stage, Scene, Lines, Source, Intertheatricality…: visit the site for the book here.

Listen to an interview about The English Renaissance Stage with Robin MacKay of Urbanomic, conducted during his fascinating installation at the Kunsthall in Bergen, Norway.  The installation, “The Ultimate Yarnwork,” explores the notion of “plot” in design, cinema, politics, and spatial theory.  I talked with Robin about the history of the term “plot” and its origins in the early modern spatial arts.  Diagrams, mapping, theatricality, public drama, playwrights as craftsmen, John Le CarrĂ©’s structural imagination, and many other topics.  Punctuated by dramatic readings of key literary passages from The English Renaissance Stage.

A description of “The Ultimate Yarnwork” is here.

My interview with Robin is on Soundcloud here (with images and video from the installation) and on iTunes here.

From the Urbanomic website: “Over the last few decades, conceptual and post-conceptual art has tended to colonise the space of philosophy, whilst philosophy has retreated into academic isolation, and the sciences have continued to become more specialized and inaccessible. Urbanomic proposes a renegotiation of the relationship between philosophy science and art, on the model of an interrupted relay in which thinkers offer their conceptual resources for reflection on artists’ practice, and artists in turn develop and synthesise them in unforeseen ways, stimulating a productive and unpredictable cycle of ‘research and development’ subordinated neither to the norms of academic thinking nor to the mainstream discourses of art criticism.”


The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics and the Practical Spatial Arts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) is now in paperback. Read a description of the book with excerpts from reviews.

Congratulations to Debapriya Sarkar (English Department, Hendrix College) whose 2014 PhD from Rutgers English, “Possible Knowledge: Forms of Literary and Scientific Thought in Early Modern England,” was just awarded the 2015 J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America!

Debapriya joins Chris Crosbie (NC State; Rutgers 2008; 2009 SAA winner) and Scott Trudell (Univ. of Maryland; Rutgers 2012; 2012 SAA Honorable Mention) as the third Rutgers student to be recognized by the SAA’s annual Dissertation Award.

Check the “Ongoing and Upcoming” page for more information about ongoing projects, upcoming events, and the PhD graduate program in English Literature at Rutgers.

If you’re interested in the history and theory of corporations, take a look at a new research project I’ve started and find out how to join: The Society for the Arts of Corporation.

An essay on Francis Bacon’s “political biology” has just appeared in JEMCS: on his approach to ideas about the “common” and the “collective,” on the definition of notions, axioms, and forms, and on induction as an experimental philosophy for concepts. For a special issue of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (JEMCS) on “Commons and Collectivities: Renaissance Political Ecologies,” ed. Emily Shortslef and Bryan Lowrance, 13.3 (Summer 2013): 7-32.  With essays by Crystal Bartolovich, Drew Daniel, Steve Menz, and Emily Shortslef.


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