Focus on "Henry V":

Navigating Digital Text, Performance, & Historical Resources

Our Team

Project Investigators and Managing Editors

SUJATA IYENGAR, Professor of English at the University of Georgia (UGA), teaches Shakespearean appropriation, Early Modern British Literature, Book History, and Writing. With the late Christy Desmet, she co-founded and co-edited the first online scholarly humanities periodical to incorporate rich multimedia, dynamic pdfs and deep xml tagging, the CELJ-award-winning Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. With Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin of the Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III (UPVM3), she is co-P.I. of the multi-year Partner University Fund Grant “Scene-Stealing/Ravir la scène,” through which teams of faculty and graduate students from UGA and UPVM collaborate on conferences, workshops, and publications.
Iyengar Biography Audio File

NATHALIE VIENNE-GUERRIN is Professor in Shakespeare studies at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (France) and director of the “Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’âge Classique et les Lumières” (UMR 5186, research centre of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS, IRCL). She has published a number of books and articles on insults, the evil tongue and the war of tongues in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as on Shakespeare on screen. She is co-editor-in-chief of the international journal Cahiers Élisabéthains (Sage). She is co-editor, with Sarah Hatchuel of the Shakespeare on Screen series published by Cambridge University Press. She is co-editor, with Patricia Dorval, of the Shakespeare on screen in francophonia database. She is co-general editor of the open access online journal ASFArrêt sur scène/Scene Focus. Further information:
Vienne-Guerrin Biography Audio File

Essay Contributors

CHARLÈNE CRUXENT is a doctoral researcher in early modern English literature and a temporary lecturer at the University of Montpellier 3, France. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “Nicknames in Shakespeare’s World,” is supervised by Jean-Christophe Mayer and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin.  The project explores the use of unofficial names and titles in Shakespeare’s works. By studying the use of nicknames in Shakespeare’s plays it is also possible to shed light on the ways in which naming impacts the gender of the renamed character and the genre of the play in which the new appellation is bestowed (Tragedies, Comedies, and Histories). Charlène is particularly interested in sociolinguistic structures and dynamics and her other research interests include Shakespeare, early modern language, onomastics, civilisation and food studies. She has presented her research at numerous conferences in Europe and the United States and has published articles on onomastics. She took part in the European project “New Faces: Shakespeare’s World and Present Challenges,” and is co-editor of the postgraduate academic blog Polymorphe: Carnet de Recherche ED 58.
Cruxent Biography Audio File

PHILIP GILREATH is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia. His research interests include Shakespeare and appropriation, early modern rhetoric, and ecocriticism. His current project examines early modern drama and contemporary adaptation theory through the framework of Erasmus’ De Copia. He obtained his Master of Arts from the College of Charleston, where he also received a Master’s Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He is additionally a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a former Taiwan-based TESOL instructor.
Gilreath Biography Audio File

DANIEL YABUT is a Research Associate for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), in connection with the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age, and the Englightenment (IRCL) and Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. He specialises in 16th-18th-century book history and early modern theatre, and assists the IRCL team with their scientific publications. He is an actor and teaching artist who trained at LAMDA and the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, and has theatre, film, and television credits in the United States, England, and France.
Yabut Biography Audio File

NORA GALLAND is a Doctoral Researcher at the IRCL (Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age and the Enlightenment) CNRS UMR 5186 and Teaching Assistant at University Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3. Nora’s research interests include a pragmatic approach to study the racist insult, the construction of ‘race’ in the early modern period, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, contemporary adaptations, and appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays. Nora’s Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Scenes of Racist Insult in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama” and is under the supervision of Professors Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin and Dr. Jean-Christophe Mayer.
Galland Biography Audio File

JANICE VALLS-RUSSELL is a Principal Research Associate, employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL), Montpellier, France. Her two main areas of interest are the reception of the classics in early modern England, more especially classical mythology, and the reception of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the 20th-21st centuries. She is project coordinator and a member of the editorial board of A Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Classical Mythology and the Early English Mythological Texts Series (, for which she has edited canto II of Thomas Heywood’s Troia Britannica. The author of several articles and reviews (plays and books), she has edited Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries with Charlotte Coffin and Agnès Lafont (Manchester University Press, 2017) and is currently completing a collection of essays on Thomas Heywood and the Clasical Tradition, which she is editing with Tania Demetriou (University of Cambridge), also for Manchester University Press. She has guest-edited special issues of Cahiers Élisabéthains with Paul Prescott, Peter J. Smith and Nicoleta Cinpoes.
Valls-Russell Biography Audio File

FLORENCE MARCH is Professor in Early Modern English Drama at University Paul-Valéry Montpellier (France) and a member of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age and the Enlightenment, at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. She has published extensively on Shakespeare’s function in South France festivals (Avignon, Montpellier and Nice), on Shakespearean stage configurations in 20th and 21st century Europe and the relationship between stage and audience. She is co-editor in chief of Cahiers élisabéthains, a journal of English Renaissance Studies, and associate editor of Arrêt sur scène/ Scene Focus, a bilingual online journal in performance studies. She is a translator of drama in English at Maison Antoine Vitez (an International Center for drama translation).
March Biography Audio File

MIKAELA LAFAVE is a PhD student at the University of Georgia and Research Assistant to Dr. Iyengar. Mikaela’s academic interests include conceptions of space/place and constructions of built and natural environments in early modern literature, gender theory, and contemporary adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare plays. Her work also intersects with Digital Humanities, including macro-analytic readings of Shakespeare criticism. Her work in Digital Humanities and First Year Composition instruction can be seen in the article “The Disappearing Coder: Online Writing Environments” co-written with Hayden Benson and published in the Scalar publication Digital Writing Environments 1983-2015. She completed her Master’s in English at Georgia College (Milledgeville, GA) in 2018. 
LaFave Biography Audio File

HAYDEN BENSON is a first-year M.A. student in the University of Georgia English Graduate Program. She studies Rhetoric and Composition, aiming to refine her teaching skills and encourage active student learning in First-Year Composition courses. She will graduate with her M.A. in English in 2020. She graduated with a B.A. in English and an Interdisciplinary Writing certificate from UGA in 2018. Her other interests include digital humanities and FYC, as highlighted by her collaboration with Mikaela LaFave in writing “The Disappearing Coder: Online Writing Environments.” This article appears in another Scalar publication they contributed to, Digital Writing Environments 1983-2015, which details the evolution of digital writing environments and attitudes toward them across several decades. 
Benson Biography Audio File

JULIA KOSLOWSKY is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned a B.A. in English, a Theatre minor, and a British & Irish Studies Certificate. She began the Focus on "Henry V" project as a Technical Designer and Editor and published her original undergraduate essay in the project. Julia worked on the UGA Linguistic Atlas Project under dr. William Kretzschmar. In 2017, she published "The Origin of Our Species," an original sci-fi play in APW: Five Original Plays, Vol. II through the Athens Playwrights' Workshop. In 2018, Julia was nominated for and awarded the Digital Humanities Scholarship Award by the UGA English Department for an original digital humanities project on 21st century transmedia storytelling. Post-graduation, she is actively pursuing a career in programming, live production, and digital humanities. 
Koslowsky Biography Audio File

Digital Editors

EMILY WALLS is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Georgia. She will graduate in August 2019 with a B.A. in English. Her interests include archival work and medieval manuscripts. In Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Emily worked on the Hargrett Hours Project, a digital facsimile project also done in conjunction with the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab. After graduation she will be taking a gap year before starting her Master’s in Library Science.
Walls Biography Audio File

LUCAS VAUGHN is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Georgia. He will graduate in Fall 2019 with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Linguistics. Lucas is planning to attend Valdosta State University to pursue a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences, after which he hopes to return to the University of Georgia as a librarian in the Research and Instruction department. Lucas’s interests include medieval manuscripts, Victorian literature, and the field of digital humanities. 
Vaughn Biography Audio File

MARGARET DRYDEN is an upcoming Master’s student at the University of Georgia. As a member of one of the first Digital Humanities certificate cohorts, her undergraduate career focused largely on the Digital Humanities and analyzing poetry with digital tools. She presented her research to the UGA Humanities community at two Digital Humanities Colloquiums during her undergraduate career. Her Master’s work will most likely be dedicated to American writing with an emphasis on 20th century poetry. Margaret’s Digital Humanities background has enabled her to have access to many interdisciplinary projects, including Focus on Henry V and other open educational resources. Her role in the Henry V project is to assist in making the textbook accessible, ensuring that everyone will have access to the critical material that the team has created and gathered.
Dryden Biography Audio File

J.H. ROBERTS is a Ph.D. student focusing on early medieval British literature, manuscript studies, gender studies, queer theory, and popular culture at the University of Georgia. In her dissertation, she plans to apply Mel Chen’s concept of animacies to interrogate gender, race, and sexuality in early British literature. As part of her work on this project, she received a Willson Center Graduate Research Award in Spring 2018 for her research paper “Devouring Patrilineal Authority: A Consideration of Siggeir’s Mother.” Her published works include “‘Don’t Call Me White’: Fashioning Sami Zayn’s Arabic and Transnational Identities” in Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, “A Well-Wrought Broken Championship Belt: Thing Theory and Professional Wrestling” in Popular Culture Studies Journal, “Transnationality, Activism, and Professional Wrestling” in Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism (forthcoming), and “Ælfgifu, or Emma of Normandy” and “Æþelswiþ” in Anglo-Saxon Women: A Florilegium (forthcoming). In fall 2018, she traveled to Montpellier and Toulouse, France on the “Scene-Stealing/Ravir la scène” grant earned by Dr. Sujata Iyengar (UGA) and Professor Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (UPVM) through the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation through the Partner University Fund (administered through the French Embassy). She attended a study day at the University of Toulouse on “Scenes of Truce,” a workshop on “Scenes in the Other’s Language/Scènes dans la langue de l’autre” at UPVM, and a planning day for an online teaching resource on Shakespeare’s Henry V. In spring 2018, she attended the DEMMR workshop “Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll” at Emory University, and in spring 2017, the workshop “Understanding the Medieval Book,” presented by Michelle Brown, at the University of South Carolina. She has participated in the Hargrett Hours Project lead by Dr. Cynthia Camp during the fall 2016 semester.
Roberts Biography Audio File


ELIZABETH DAVIS is a Senior Academic Professional and Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts Digital Humanities Affiliate at the University of Georgia. She teaches digital media rhetoric and digital storytelling with a focus on textual materiality and the relationship between technology and reading practices. In her teaching and publications, she strives to marry form and content through a design-focused approach to born-digital compositional processes and products. She has published on technological infrastructures for writing in Kairos and on drawing inspiration from rare books for digital textual design in the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. 
Davis Biography Audio File

ELLIOTT KUECKER, the Instructional Librarian/Writing Program Liaison for UGA Libraries, works on digital humanities projects for the libraries, gives workshops on research methods and process, and assists graduate assistants in writing research assignments. He is also a PhD student in Educational Theory and Practice at UGA. His writing has appeared in Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of New Librarianship, In the Library with a Lead Pipe, Progressive Librarian, NOMOREPOTLUCKS, and edited book collections.
Kuecker Biography Audio FIle
JOSHUA KING is the Associate Director of UGA’s First-year Composition program, where he schedules and coordinates first-year writing classes and instructors. Outside of the FYC Office, he teaches courses on writing, rhetorical theory, pedagogy, and multimodal composition, often through the lens of iterative game design. He’s published on books within playable ecosystems, games as adaptations, and is currently studying the history of computer writing environments.
King Biography Audio File

EMILY MCGINN is the Digital Humanities Coordinator at the University of Georgia. She oversees the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab in a role that includes project management and consultation for digital projects, outreach, and the development of DH curricula. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature with a focus on Latin American and Irish modernisms. Previous to her position as Digital Humanities Coordinator, she was a CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at Lafayette College, where she served as a liaison between the library’s Digital Scholarship Services team of developers and our faculty clients.
McGinn Biography Audio File

Open Peer Reviewers

SARAH HATCHUEL is Professor of Film and Audiovisual Studies at UPVM3 and President of the French Shakespeare Society. She is the author of several books on Shakespeare on film and on American television series. She co-directs the Shakespeare on Screen collections (PURH/CUP), the Serial collection (PUFR), the GUEST research program and the electronic TV/Series Review
Hatchuel Biography Audio File

ANNIE JOHNSON is the Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist at Temple University Libraries and Press. In this position, she oversees initiatives within the Libraries to help make faculty and student scholarship openly available. She also supports the Libraries’ textbook affordability efforts. Annie works to educate faculty, staff, and students about open access, open education, copyright and fair use, digital publishing, and research impact.
Johnson Biography Audio File

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