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New Directions in Biographies of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson

A Two-Day Conference to be Held at

King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

22-23 September 2001

Under the Auspices of

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance,

University of Warwick

and King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon


For a long period, biography seemed a dead issue in literary and theatre studies.  Now a number of scholars are writing biographies of early modern authors.  Why has this change taken place?  This conference will explore the ‘new directions’ in the biographies of three Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights: Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Jonson.  It will examine the most recent biographical studies of the playwrights and attempt to chart a course for future studies.


Participants include:

Philippa Berry (King's College, Cambridge)

Helen Cooper (University College, Oxford)

Lloyd Davis (Queensland, Australia)

Katherine Duncan-Jones (Somerville College, Oxford)

Richard Dutton (Lancaster)

Peter Holland (The Shakespeare Institute)

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam)

Grace Ioppolo (Reading)

Tom McAlindon (Hull)

J.R. Mulryne (Warwick)

Alan H. Nelson (UC, Berkeley)

Charles Nicholl (Italy)

David Riggs (Stanford)

Julie Sanders (Keele)

Margaret Shewring (Warwick)

Stanley Wells (The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

Richard Wilson (Lancaster)

Blair Worden (Sussex)


Conference Fee: £25 (Full), £12.50 (One-day), £10 (Students and Unwaged). The conference fee covers registration, attendance at all lectures, tea and coffee. Accommodation and meals are the responsibility of participants.


The lectures will be held in ‘Big School’, the schoolroom in which it is probable that Shakespeare himself was taught.


For enquiries, please contact the conference organiser, Takashi Kozuka at

This conference is funded by the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, the Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick, and the British Academy.