Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England


David J. Baker is Peter G. Phialas Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Between Nations: Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, and the Question of Britain, and On Demand: Writing for the Market in Early Modern England. With Willy Maley, he is the editor of British Identities and English Renaissance Literature, and, with Patricia Palmer, of Politics and Early Modern Criticism in a Time of Crisis (forthcoming).

Claire M. Busse is an Associate Professor of Englishat La Salle University. She has published articles on representations of children and child actors on the early modern stage and is completing her manuscript Children as Commodities in Early Modern England. She is currently working on a project that explores literary depictions that show ballads and the ballad form serving as a vehicle for articulating the concerns and values of the poor and the middling sort.

Patricia Fumerton is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Director of UCSB’s English Broadside Ballad Archive, In addition to editing or co-editing six collections of essays on early modern broadside ballads and popular culture, she is the author of the monographs Moving Media, Tactical Publics: The English Broadside Ballad in Early Modern England (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), Unsettled: The Culture of Mobility and the Working Poor in Early Modern England (Chicago, 2006) and Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament (Chicago, 1991).

Julia Reinhard Lupton is Professor of English and Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities, at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author or co-author of five books on Shakespeare, including her forthcoming monograph, Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life (University Chicago: 2018). She is a former Guggenheim Fellow and served as a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

Kris McAbee is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, where she directs the William G. Cooper Jr. Honors Program in English. She also directs Little Rock’s annual Shakespeare Scene Festival. Dr. McAbeeis the co-editor of New Technologies in Renaissance Studies 2 (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014). Her research focuses on early modern literature and intersectional feminist cultural studies, with particular attention to the production and circulation of broadside ballads and sonnet sequences. Her current book project examines the figure of the Renaissance sonneteer across genres.

Jessica C. Murphy is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on early modern literature and culture; gender studies; and digital humanities. Murphy’s publications include a book, Virtuous Necessity: Conduct Literature and the Making of the Virtuous Woman in Early Modern England, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015; journal articles; solo-authored and co-written book chapters; and a co-edited collection.

Lori Humphrey Newcomb teaches English at the University of Illinois. Her research, starting with Reading Popular Romance in Early Modern England (2001), has considered how early modern audiences experienced narratives as remediated among ballads, chapbooks, drama, devotional texts, life writing, and prose fiction. Her recent publications bridge history of the book and performance history to construct an audience-centered alternative to source study. She contributed an article on “Audiences” to The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (ed. Bruce R. Smith, 2015), and articles on early fiction to the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, volume 1 (ed. Joad Raymond, 2011) and the Oxford History of the Novel in English, volume 1 (ed. Thomas Keymer, forthcoming 2017). Her seven co-authors, when devising their ballad projects, were all University of Illinois doctoral students. They are Michelle M. Chan, Hilary Gross, KyleR. Johnston, Sabrina Y. Lee, and Kathryn E.O’Toole (English); Michael J.Ruiz (History); and Stacy Wykle (Information Science).

Pamela Reinagel
is a Professor of Neurobiology at University of California, San Diego. She specializes in the quantitative analysis of natural sensory signals and neurophysiological or behavioral responses to them. Whether applying this approach to visual perception, split-second decision-making, or emotional communication, she seeks to formulate concise mathematical models that explain brain mechanisms in terms of their survival function. Dr. Reinagel studied Biology at Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 1988) and Harvard (Ph.D., 1994). She was a Sloan Fellow of Theoretical Neuroscience at CalTech (1995-1996) and a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School (1997-2002) before joining the faculty at UCSD in 2003. Outside the lab, she is also a traditional ballad singer.

Matthew J. Smith teaches Renaissance literature at Azusa Pacific University and is Associate Editor of Christianity & Literature. His research opens to a comparative study of early modern performance genres and the historical idea of theatricality, which he explores in his book manuscript, Stage, Cathedral, Wagon, Street: Theatricality and Religion in Early Modern England. In addition to published essays on Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Baudelaire, Massinger, and genre, he is the co-editor (with Julia Lupton) of Face-to-Face in Shakespearean Drama: Ethics, Performance, Philosophy, forthcoming with Edinburgh UP; guest editor of "The Sacramental Text Reconsidered," a special issue of C&L; and guest co-editor of "Sincerity: Literary Histories," a special issue of C&L. Smith's current research investigates Renaissance tragedy's indebtedness to medieval ideas about tragic recognition, theology of the will, and Christian eschatology.

Rochelle Smith
is Professor of English at Frostburg State University, where she teaches and writes about Shakespeare, early modern drama, and the broadside ballad. Her work on ballads includes her essay, “King-Commoner Encounters in the Popular Ballad, Elizabethan Drama, and Shakespeare,” which appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.

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