Speaker Biographies

Michael Caines is an editor at the TLS. His most recent book, Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century, was published in 2013. He and Stephen Bernard are the general editors of The Poetry and Plays of Nicholas Rowe, to be published by Pickering & Chatto.

Kate Chisholm is the author of Wits and Wives: Dr Johnson in the company of women and Fanny Burney: her life. She has also contributed an essay to The Cambridge Companion to Frances Burney and The Last Bungalow: writings on Allahabad. Kate is the radio critic of the Spectator; and she teaches creative writing (non-fiction) at City University. In September 2015 she will give the annual lecture as president of the Johnson Society of Lichfield.

Marie-Jeanne Colombani is Associate Professor of English, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris 75007 (France). She has published ‘“Corsica Boswell” and the Johnsonian Republic of Letters,’ New Rambler (2014); ‘James Boswell, pèlerin enthousiaste en Corse et dans les Hébrides’, in Mer et religion, neuvièmes journées universitaires de Bonifacio, ed. Michel Vergé-Franceschi (Ajaccio : Editions Alain Piazzola 2007), and ‘Pascal Paoli (1725-1807)’ in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Her ‘Samuel Johnson’s and James Boswell’s Grasp of the Infinite Being and the Great Beyond’ is forthcoming

Thomas M. Curley, Professor of English at Bridgewater State University, is the author of Sir Robert Chambers: Law, Literature, and Empire in the Age of Johnson (1998), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. Cambridge University Press published his most recent study, Samuel Johnson, the Ossian Fraud, and the Celtic Revival in Great Britain and Ireland (2009).

Jenny Davidson teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of two books about eighteenth-century British literature and culture, Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen and Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century. Her most recent book of literary criticism is Reading Style: A Life in Sentences, published by Columbia University Press in 2014. New projects include a short book on how to read Richardson’s Clarissa and a book-length account of what was really at stake in the Battle of the Ancients and Moderns.

Frans De Bruyn is Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Professor, Department of English, at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of The Literary Genres of Edmund Burke (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996) and editor, with Shaun Regan, of The Culture of the Seven Years’ War: Empire, Identity, and the Arts in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014), pp. x & 350. He has served as President of both the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Robert DeMaria, Jr. is the Henry Noble MacCracken Professor of English at Vassar College where he has taught since 1975. He is the general editor of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson and the editor of the Johnsonian News Letter. His Johnsonian publications include Johnson’s Dictionary and the Language of Learning (1986); The Life of Samuel Johnson (1993); and Samuel Johnson and the Life of Reading (1997).

John A. Dussinger, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has edited two volumes of the Cambridge Edition of Samuel Richardson’s Correspondence, under the general editorship of Thomas Keymer and Peter Sabor. The first volume, which includes the correspondence with Thomas Edwards, was published in November 2013; and the second, containing the letters with Sarah Wescomb-Scudamore, Frances Grainger, and Laetitia Pilkington, appeared in November 2014. Dussinger’s most recent journal articles have concerned Richardson’s role as polemical editor of anonymous books, pamphlets, and newspaper articles that issued from his press.

Ella Elhoudiri is a Master research student in Shakespearean Orientalism at Plymouth University. She has  been looking at the particular works of Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, as well as the Dark Lady sonnets and is interested in researching the binary relationships between East and West in Early Modern Literature and how this might shape this post-modern age. She is a Scottish-born Libyan living between two cultures which is the source of her interest in comparative perspectives.

James Harriman-Smith is the Charles Oldham Shakespeare scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he is finishing a PhD on Shakespeare and the theory and practice of eighteenth-century acting under the supervision of Fred Parker. He has articles forthcoming on Diderot and English acting theory, the anti-theatrical prejudice of Shakespeare’s editors, and Madame de Staël and Shakespeare. He is also a trustee of the British Shakespeare Association and the BSECS subeditor for theatre reviews.

Joseph Hone is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford and a retained lecturer at Jesus College. His work is part of the AHRC-funded Stuart Successions project. In 2014 he published ‘Pope and the Politics of Panegyric’ in the Review of English Studies and ‘Politicizing Praise: Panegyric and the Accession of Queen Anne’ in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Nancy E. Johnson is an associate professor of English and the chair of the English department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is the author of The English Jacobin Novel on Rights, Property and the Law: critiquing the contract (Palgrave, 2004); editor of Impassioned Jurisprudence: law, literature and emotion, 1760–1848 (Bucknell University Press, 2015) and The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, Vol. VI (Clarendon Press, forthcoming 2016). Her current book project is a study of women writing the law in the eighteenth century.

Tony Lee‘s research interests center upon Samuel Johnson and the eighteenth century. He has published three books and numerous articles on Johnson and eighteenth-century literature/culture. He is currently serving a self- imposed life sentence editing the The Annotated Rambler. Additional ongoing projects distracting his attention include a critical edition of Arthur Murphy’s Essay on the Life and Genius of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., two monographs, Aspects of Influence: Mottos, Quotations, and Allusions in Samuel Johnson and Johnson and the Renaissance, as well as an edition of the Johnsonian writings of J. D. Fleeman (in association with Paul Tankard and Christine Jackson-Holzberg). Tony, who has taught at a number of colleges and universities, presently serves as Collegiate Professor of English and Program Chair for English, and Humanities Program at the University of Maryland University College.

Ivan Lupić is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is currently completing a book on the relationship between drama and counsel in early modern England. His work has appeared in collections such as The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, and the Lost Play (OUP, 2012), Postcolonial Shakespeare (Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2009), Shakespeare and War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and Shakespeare in Europe (Jagiellonian UP, 2008). His first Croatian book, devoted to Renaissance sonnet sequences and the issue of transtextuality, appeared in 2007; his second Croatian book, on the relationship between book history and performance studies in foreign-Shakespeare contexts, appeared in 2010.

Tom Mason retired last year after some thirty-five years teaching in the English Department of the University of Bristol. He supervised research on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dryden, and Johnson, and on English responses to Catullus, Virgil, and Ovid; he has published on Anacreon, Cowley, Dryden, and Johnson

Anne McDermott is Reader in English at the University of Birmingham and the editor of digital versions of Johnson’s Dictionary. She is the editor, with Jack Lynch, of Anniversary Essays on Johnson’s Dictionary (2005).

James McLaverty is Emeritus Professor of Textual Criticism at Keele University. He is a general editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift and in 2013 he and Paddy Bullard edited a collection of essays, Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book. He prepared the late David Fleeman’s Bibliography of Samuel Johnson (2000) for publication.

Lynda Mugglestone is Professor of the History of English at the University of Oxford. Her publications include Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol (OUP, revised ed. 2007), Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press 2005), and Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2011), and, as editor, The Oxford History of English (OUP, revised ed. 2012) and Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest (OUP, revised ed. 2002). Together with Freya Johnston, she edited Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum (OUP, 2012). She recently completed Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words  (OUP 2015), and is now working on a project examining language change in WWI.

Wendy Jones Nakanishi teaches at Shikoku Gakuin University, Zentsuji, Japan. Her doctoral thesis from Edinburgh University served as the basis of a critical monograph on Pope’s letters, Talking on Paper, and she has published widely not only on eighteenth-century English literature but also on nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century Japanese novels.

Mareile Pfannebecker is currently Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University. She has a PhD from Cardiff University and has published an essay on Shakespeare and stubbornness in the collection Posthumanist Shakespeares (2012).

Lois Potter is Ned B. Allen Professor Emerita of the University of Delaware and Honorary Visiting Professor at King’s College, London. Her publications include the Arden edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen (1997, corrected ed. 2015), performance accounts of Twelfth Night (Macmillan, 1985) and Othello (U. of Manchester Press, 2002), and The Life of William Shakespeare (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). She has also edited two volumes of The Revels History of Drama in English, published essays on Colley Cibber, Francis Gentleman, and Shakespeare in the theatre, and frequently reviews theatre productions.

Fiona Ritchie is an Associate Professor of Drama and Theatre in the Department of English at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She is the author of Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century (2014) and the co-editor (with Peter Sabor) of Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century (2012), both published by Cambridge University Press. She previously worked as the Deputy Curator of Dr Johnson’s House, London.

Joseph Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater at Yale University, is the author of The Player’s Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting (1993), Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance (1997), and It (2007). He has served as the President of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and Chair of the Theater Studies Program at Yale, the Department of Performance Studies at New York State University, and the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre at Nothwestern University.

Adam Rounce is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Nottingham University. He has published extensively on poetry and criticism in the ‘long’ eighteenth century. The author of Fame and Failure 1720-1800: The unfulfilled Literary Life (2013), he is also associate editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift and the designated co-editor of two of its volumes.

Peter Sabor is Canada Research Chair and Director of the Burney Centre at McGill University. His publications include two co-edited collections on eighteenth-century Shakespeare: with Paul Yachnin, Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century (Ashgate, 2008), and, with Fiona Ritchie, Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

J.T. Scanlan writes for both popular and scholarly publications. He has written a range of essays on various aspects of the eighteenth century, including many on Samuel Johnson. Some of his recent work on Johnson and law has appeared in Samuel Johnson After 300 Years (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Samuel Johnson in Context (Cambridge UP, 2012). He currently writing a book on legal issues tentatively titled, A Spirit of Contradiction: Law and Literature in Eighteenth-Century London. He has long had a secondary scholarly interest in Shakespeare, going back at least to his days in graduate school: his Ph.D. thesis (Univ. of Michigan) addressed the writing and scholarship of Edmond Malone, and was based on the extensive Osborn Collection at Yale. Scanlan is a former President of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He is also Co-Editor of The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual. He teaches eighteenth-century literature at Providence College (USA), where he is also the Prelaw Advisor.

Philip Smallwood is Emeritus Professor of English at Birmingham City University and currently Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of English at Bristol University. His writings address the critical work of Johnson and Pope and he is the author of various books, articles, and essays on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century poetry and criticism, on aesthetics, and on the philosophy of history. In this connection he is co-editor of the critical and cultural manuscripts of the British philosopher of history R.G. Collingwood. His monographs include Johnson’s Critical Presence (2004) and Critical Occasions: Dryden, Pope, Johnson and the History of Criticism (2011). His latest book, a hybrid anthology on the comedy of criticism co-edited with Min Wild, is Ridiculous Critics: Augustan Mockery of Critical Judgment (2014).

James Smith is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Exeter. His first book, Samuel Richardson and the Theory of Tragedy is due out with Manchester University Press this year. He is currently researching Shakespeare and the 1750s.

Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama at Oxford University and the author of numerous essays and articles on sixteenth to eighteenth century literature. She is the author of Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (2000), Making Shakespeare (2004), Shakespeare in Parts (with Simon Palfrey, 2007) and Documents of Performance in Early Modern England (2009). She has co-edited a collection of essays with Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance (2013), and edited King Leir (2001), Sheridan’s The Rivals (2004), Farquhar’s Recruiting Officer (2010), and Brome’s Jovial Crew (2014).

John Stone teaches in the Department of English and German Philology at the Universitat de Barcelona. He has edited a Catalan-language edition of Johnson’s Preface to Shakespeare and published on the history of Johnson in translation, on specific Spanish translations of Johnson’s works, on the common law and Johnson’s Dictionary, and on Johnson’s English-language readership beyond the English linguistic domain.

Paul Tankard is a Senior Lecturer in English at the world’s southernmost university, the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He teaches nonfictional prose writing, and has published editions of Johnson’s Designs (The Johnsonians, 2008) and the first-ever selection of James Boswell’s journalism, Facts and Inventions (Yale U.P., 2014), as well as many scholarly essays and reviews on Johnson, Boswell, and C.S. Lewis and his circle. He edits the Papers of the Johnson Society of Australia.

David Taylor recently moved to University of Warwick, where he is assistant professor of eighteenth-century literature, after four years at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan (OUP 2012) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre, 1737-1832 (2014).

Marcus Walsh, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Liverpool, has written on Smart, Swift, Johnson, and Sterne, on the theory, practice and history of literary editing, and on biblical interpretation and scholarship in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has edited two volumes of the Oxford University Press Poetical Works of Christopher Smart (1983, 1987), and, most recently A Tale of a Tub for the new Cambridge edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift (2010). He is an Associate Editor of the Oxford Companion to the Book (2010). His monograph Shakespeare, Milton, and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing was published in 1997.

Howard Weinbrot is Ricardo Quintana Professor of English, Emeritus, and William Freeman Vilas Research Professor in the College of Letters and Science, Emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He now is a Reader at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. His latest books are Literature, Religion, and the Evolution of Culture 1660-1780 (Johns Hopkins, 2013) and the edited Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New Century (Huntington Library Press, 2014). His current work includes a study of Johnson’s practical sermons.

Hazel Wilkinson is a junior research fellow in English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She received her PhD from UCL in 2014, having received her MA from York and her BA from Oxford. She has held library fellowships in Washington DC and Philadelphia. Hazel’s research concerns the eighteenth-century book trade, with a focus on publications of Renaissance poets and dramatists. She is currently preparing for publication her doctoral thesis, ‘Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book’, as well as beginning a new project on the printing house at Wild Court from 1718–1780. Hazel has a particular interest in fleurons and printers ornaments.

Carolyn D. Williams, formerly Associate Professor in the English Literature Department, at the University of Reading, UK, has now retired and is continuing her research on English Literature and culture from 1580-1800. Publications include Pope, Homer, and Manliness: Some Aspects of Eighteenth-Century Classical Learning, London: Routledge, 1993, Reissued 2014, and Boudica and Her Stories: Narrative Transformations of a Warrior Queen, Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2009, She has been actively engaged in theatre at Oxford and Reading Universities and the Progress Theatre, Reading. She has directed The Beggar’s Opera, The Tamer Tamed, and The Rover, and performed in King Lear, Richard III, The Duchess of Malfi, Measure for Measure, The Changeling, The Recruiting Officer, and The Country Wife. She is currently a member of the Society for Research into Amateur Performance and Private Theatricals.

Nigel Wood is Professor of Literature at Loughborough University. He is also an Honorary Senior Research Associate of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-Upon-Avon (University of Birmingham), and has written extensively on both Shakespeare and, amongst his eighteenth-century work, he has edited the OUP World’s Classics volume on She Stoops to Conquer and other Eighteenth-Century Comedies (also including plays by Fielding, Garrick, Colman and O’Keeffe), and Dr Johnson and Fanny Burney, a selection of Burney’s journal and diary entries on the associations between her and Johnson and the Thrales; he is completing an edition of Evelyn Waugh’s Put Out More Flags for the OUP Complete Writings plus a study of Alexander Pope’s allusiveness.

Henry Woudhuysen is Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. His research has mainly been in two areas: English literature from 1500 to 1800 (especially Shakespeare, Sidney, and Johnson) and the history of the book. He is one of the General Editors of the third series of the Arden Shakespeare, for which he edited Love’s Labours Lost and co-edited Shakespeare’s poems with Katherine Duncan-Jones. In 2010 he published The Oxford Companion to the Book, co-edited with Michael Suarez, S.J. Future projects include editing Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust and, with Alexandra Gajda, the letters of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke.



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