Henry S. Turner

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Spring 2016


Now in print: Early Modern Theatricality  (Oxford, 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.

How might corporations become a resource for a pluralist and progressive politics? What if our problem today is not that we have too many corporations in our political life but that we have too few? I recently spoke about these arguments and more from my forthcoming book, The Corporate Commonwealth (University of Chicago Press, June 2016) at the Chicago Humanities Festival. The CHI is the largest public humanities festival in the United States. You can watch the lecture on YouTube here.

I sat down with Jeffrey Gonzalez (BMCC, English) to talk about corporations in the Renaissance and today for a special issue of the journal NANO: New American Notes Online on “Corporations and Culture,” edited by Jeffrey and Adam Haley. Acting, legal personhood, logos and advertising, colonial corporations, the corporate ego: read the interview 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 Carré’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.”

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.


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