Cervantes and Shakespeare: the speakers

An Anglo-Spanish Symposium at the University of Oxford
to Commemorate Their Deaths in 1616.
28th and 29th January 2016.

Biographical Notes on Speakers

Keynote Lecture:

Brean Hammond is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Nottingham and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. He has written numerous books and articles on literary history from Shakespeare to Byron. His books include: Professional Imaginative Writing in England 1670-1740: ‘Hackney for Bread’ (1997); Making the Novel: Fiction and Society in Britain, 1660-1789 (2006); Jonathan Swift (2010). He has edited Shakespeare’s ‘lost play’ for the Arden series, Double Falsehood (2010).

First session:

Ángel-Luis Pujante is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Murcia. His main current area of research is the reception of Shakespeare in Spain and Europe. His publications include: El manuscrito shakespeariano de Manuel Herrera Bustamante (2001); Four Hundred Years of Shakespeare in Europe (main editor, 2003); Shakespeare en España: Textos 1764-1916 (ed. 2007), and Shakespeare in Spain, 1764-2000: An Annotated Bilingual Bibliography (ed. 2014). He has edited the Teatro completo de Shakespeare (3 vols., 2010-2015), thirty of the translations being his own.

Edwin Williamson is King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies at Oxford. His books and articles reflect his interest in both Latin America and the Golden Age of Spain. He has published numerous articles on Cervantes, as well as the following: The Half-Way House of Fiction: Don Quixote and Arthurian Romance (1984); Cervantes and the Modernists (ed. 1994); Cervantes (co-ed. 2005). He has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to write a book on The Making of Don Quixote: How Cervantes Came to Write the First Modern Novel.

Second session:

Trevor J. Dadson is Professor of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary University of London, His principal research areas are: Golden-Age literature, history, culture; Moriscos; book trade and book ownership; biography and epistolary. Major books from 2007: Los moriscos de Villarrubia de los Ojos (siglos XV-XVIII). Historia de una minoría asimilada, expulsada y reintegrada (2007; revised & updated, 2015); Historia de la impresión de las Rimas de Lupercio y Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola (2010); Diego de Silva y Mendoza. Poeta y político en la corte de Felipe III (2011); La España del siglo XIX vista por dos viajeras inglesas: Elizabeth, Lady Holland (1802-04) y la novelista George Eliot (1867), introduction and notes, with A. H. Clarke (2012); Epistolario e historia documental de Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, princesa de Éboli (co-ed. 2013); Tolerance and Coexistence in Early Modern Spain. Old Christians and Moriscos in the Campo de Calatrava (2014); La princesa de Éboli. Cautiva del rey: Vida de Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda (1540-1592) (co-ed. 2015); Diego de Silva y Mendoza, Conde de Salinas, Marqués de Alenquer. Cartas y memoriales (1584-1630) (2015).

Michael Bell is Professor Emeritus in English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick and Associate Fellow of the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts. His publications include Primitivism (1973), The Sentiment of Reality: Truth of Feeling in The European Novel (1983), F. R. Leavis (1988), D. H. Lawrence: Language and Being (1992), Gabriel García Márquez: Solitude and Solidarity (1994), Literature, Modernism and Myth: Belief and Responsibility in the Twentieth Century (1997), Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling (2001), Open Secrets: Literature, Education and Authority from J-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee (2007).

Third session:

Zenón Luis-Martínez is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Huelva. He is author of In Words and Deeds: The Spectacle of Incest in English Renaissance Tragedy (2002). He has co-edited several collections on Renaissance and Restoration literature: among these, Between Shakespeare and Cervantes: Trails along the Renaissance (2006). His recent interests concern poetics, logic, and rhetoric. His critical edition of Abraham Fraunce’s The Shepherds’ Logic will appear in the Critical Texts Series of the MHRA early in 2016.

Salvador Oliva is Professor of Catalan Philology, University of Girona. He has published numerous articles on phonology, as well as the following books: Introducció a la mètrica catalana (1985); La mètrica i el ritme de la prosa (1982); English-Catalan / Catalan-English Dictionary (1983); Introducció a Shakespeare (2001); La rehumanización del arte (2015). He has translated the complete works of William Shakespeare, including sonnets and poems, in verse. He is the author of several books of poetry and a novel in verse (Fugitius).

Fourth session:

Jesús Tronch is Senior Lecturer at the University of Valencia. His main research interests are textual criticism (especially early modern drama) and the reception of Shakespeare in Spain. He has published A Synoptic ‘Hamlet’ (2002), English-Spanish editions of The Tempest (co-ed. 1994), Antony and Cleopatra (co-ed. 2001), and The Spanish Tragedy  (co-ed. 2013, with Clara Calvo) for Arden Early Modern Drama. He is currently editing Timon of Athens for Internet Shakespeare Editions, and collaborating with the ArteLope research project.

Barry Ife is Cervantes Professor emeritus at King’s College London and since 2004 has been Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His principal academic interests are in Spanish cultural history from the union of the crowns of Castile and Aragon to the present day. He has published books and articles on Spanish prose fiction, new world narratives and Spanish music. His recent work has been on the representation of performance in Cervantes.

Fifth session:

Isabel Torres is Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast. Previous published work includes The Polyphemus Complex. Rereading the Baroque Mythological Fable (2006), Rewriting Classical Mythology in the Hispanic Baroque (ed. 2007), Ars Eloquentiae. Essays on Early Modern Poetry and Art (co-ed. 2009), Love Poetry in the Spanish Golden Age. Eros, Eris and Empire (2013), Spanish Golden Age Poetry in Motion (co-ed. 2014). A special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies entitled Imaginary Matters is forthcoming.

Jeremy Robbins is Forbes Professor of Hispanic Studies and head of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. His books include The Challenges of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature (1998); Arts of Perception: The Epistemological Mentality of the Spanish Baroque, 1580-1720 (2007); and Baltasar Gracián: The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence (2011), translated for Penguin Classics, with an introduction and notes. He is currently working on the articulation of space in European Baroque art, architecture and theatre.

Sixth session:

Jonathan Thacker is Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Spanish at Merton College. He has recently edited Lope de Vega’s El castigo sin venganza (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016) and co-edited (with Barry Ife) a bilingual edition of Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares (Oxford: Aris and Phillips, 2013). He is author of A Companion to Spanish Golden Age Theatre (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2007), amongst other books and articles on early modern Spanish drama, Cervantes, translation and performance. He has acted as adviser to the Royal Shakespeare Company, has translated works by Cervantes and Tirso de Molina into English, and is Editor of the Aris and Phillips Hispanic Classics series. 

Clara Calvo is Professor of English Studies at the University of Murcia. Recent publications include a special issue of Critical Survey on Shakespeare and the Cultures of Commemoration (co-ed. 2011); Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy (ed. 2013, with Jesús Tronch), for Arden Early Modern Drama; and Celebrating Shakespeare: Cultural Memory and Shakespearean Commemoration (co-ed. 2015). She is currently the President of the Spanish and Portuguese Association for English Renaissance Studies (SEDERI).

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