Henry S. Turner

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Spring 2014


Now in print: Early Modern Theatricality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), ed. Henry S. Turner. Oxford 21st Century Approaches to Literature Series. 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.

It’s been an exciting semester at Rutgers. The Program in Early Modern Studies just hosted András Kiséry (City College, CUNY) and Jeff Rufo (Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University) for a full-day seminar on “Reading Machiavelli in Early Modern France and England.”

“Reading Machiavelli” forms a part of the PEMS’s annual theme, “Comparative Early Modern: England and France.”  In the Spring, we bring Katherine Ibbett (Department of French, University College, London) as a Scholar-in-Residence for a week of seminars, lunches, talks, and informal discussion.

On November 8th, the PEMS, the Seminar on Book History and Media Studies, and the Digital Humanities Initiative sponsored a symposium on “Digital Humanities / Early Modern Texts,” featuring Daniel Shore (Georgetown), Scott A. Trudell (Maryland) and Elliott Visconsi (Notre Dame).

Be sure to check out the many lectures and symposia at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers, including this year’s annual seminar on “Objects and Environments.” Spring brings visits from Ian Bogost (Media Studies, Georgia Tech), Galen Strawson (Philosophy, UT-Austin), Melissa Orlie (Political Science, Univ. of Illinois), Sarah Whatmore (Geography, University of Oxford), a symposium on “Urban Natures,” and a symposium on climate changed entitled “Unsettled Weather.” And we’ve already had a number of excellent events …

The Natura group’s roundtable on “Science, Technology, and Medicine Across the Disciplines,” featuring Joanna Kempner (Sociology), Leah DeVun (History), Nicholas Gaskill (English) and Pamela McElwee (Human Ecology)  (Monday, Oct. 14)

A public lecture by Rob Nixon (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  on “This Brief Multitude: the Anthropocene in a Time of Inequality” (Tuesday, Oct. 22)

A public lecture by Jed Esty (University of Pennsylvania) on H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (Friday, Nov. 1).

A public lecture by Monica Green (Arizona State University) on “Leading from the Middle: Using the Medieval Scourges of Leprosy and Plague to Frame a Deep Global History of Health” (Thursday, Nov. 21).

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.

A new 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.

Interested in Shakespeare and theory today?  Dr. Neema Parvini (University of Surrey) has an ongoing series of podcast interviews with Shakespeareans in the UK and the US on his blog, Shakespeare and the Contemporary Theory: Rethinking Approaches to Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature for the 21st Century.  You can listen to my interview with him here.


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.


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