About the blogger

I am the Undergraduate Program Director at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a position I’ve held since 2006; Associate Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly; and Editor of The Collation, a blog about scholarship at the Folger. Before I came to the Folger I was an independent scholar who taught English and Drama classes at a bunch of DC area universities. Before that I was a postdoc at McGill and Penn, and before that a grad student in English at Penn, and before even that, an undergrad at Bryn Mawr College. Anything before those years recedes in my distant memory, but I still have a pretty strong identity as a Midwesterner and I’m still proud of the fact that I saw Magic Johnson play his last home game at Michigan State.

I write a great deal about Shakespeare and modern performances of Renaissance drama. My first book, Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage, was published by Routledge in 2001. Most recently, the collection I edited on New Directions in Renaissance Drama and Performance Studies was published by Palgrave. It wasn’t particularly well-promoted by Palgrave, however, even though there are some great pieces in there, so check out my introduction and consider asking your library to buy it so that more people can read it.

I was the guest editor for the Fall 2011 special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly on performance. It went through an open peer review process hosted by MediaCommons, which is one of the reasons that I’m interested in scholarly publications and digital media. Some of the conversations that happened online were incorporated into the print version (“Rethinking Academic Reviewing”); much of the rest of the special issue looks like any other issue of SQ, but it was an exciting process behind the scenes.

As is clear from this site, the more time I spend teaching in a rare books library, the more interested I’ve become not only in how such libraries might act as classrooms, but how the materiality of special collections might work in conjunction with (or sometimes wrestle against) the new tools of digital humanities scholarship. It’s a lot of what I write about here, and it’s the focus of the roundtable I organized for the 2012 Modern Language Association convention. You can also read Glenn Fleishman’s account of my work in his piece for The Economist‘s Babbage blog.

If you want to know even more, you can check out my cv.

You can also find me on twitter as @wynkenhimself or send me an email.

Or, because it’s more fun to learn from students directly, you can read about some George Washington University students and watch the video embedded on that page, or watch the video below of some Georgetown students talk about how much they love the Folger: