S. P. Cerasano, Colgate University

S. P. Cerasano’s keynote address, “Christopher Marlowe, in his Playhouse,” focuses on the connections between Marlowe and the Henslowe-Alleyn network in biography, theater, and business.

Cerasano is the Edgar W. B. Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University and the editor of Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England. She is the author of books and numerous articles on early modern theater history. Her fingerprints are most visible in studies of the theatrical and entrepreneurial activities of Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn, a subject on which she has gathered and assessed fresh documentary evidence. In addition, she has most recently edited Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for W. W. Norton and a collection of essays entitled In the Prayse of Writing: Early Modern Manuscript Studies, published by the British Library in 2012.

Laurie Maguire, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

Laurie Maguire’s keynote address, “Characterizing Marlowe,” asks: what does it mean to be a character in a Marlowe play? Following in the wake of Ruth Lunney’s excellent work, this keynote investigates a Marlovian innovation in dramatic character—an innovation, she argues, that the revisers of the B-text Faustus deliberately reversed, returning Faustus’ interiority to a pre-Marlovian tradition.

Maguire is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. She is the author or editor of eight books on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Her dramatic interests range from ancient Greek to modern dramatists. She is collaborating on a book about cognitive theory and audience response.

Leah Marcus, Vanderbilt University

Leah S. Marcus’s keynote address, “Marlowe's Magic Books,” concerns performative speech, magic on stage, and the material book in Doctor Faustus and Tamburlaine the Great.

Marcus is Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Childhood and Cultural Despair (1978), The Politics of Mirth (1986), Puzzling Shakespeare (1988), and Unediting the Renaissance (1996), which included an expanded version of the essay on the texts of Doctor Faustus that won the Marlowe Society of America’s Roma Gill Award for best essay on Marlowe in 1991. She presented a keynote address at the Fifth International Marlowe Conference in Cambridge in 2003; this was published as “Marlowe in tempore belli,” in War and Words: Horror and Heroism in the Literature of Warfare, ed. Sara Deats et al. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), 295-316.  Over the past decade and a half, she has done much editing, including two Norton Critical Editions (The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It), two volumes of the Works of Queen Elizabeth I (coedited with Janel Mueller and Mary Beth Rose), and an Arden edition of Webster's Duchess of Malfi. Now returned to writing books, she is currently at work on two:  How Shakespeare Became Colonial and Reading Elizabeth I Writing.

Garrett Sullivan, Penn State University

Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.’s keynote address,“Vitality and Futurity in Marlowe,” analyzes Marlowe’s examination of the ways that literature and culture of his time subordinate the physical, spiritual, or ethical claims of the present to those of the future.This paper will show how a number of Marlovian works challenge his culture’s future orientation by exploring the implications of conceptually grounding vitality in the present.

Sullivan is Professor of English at Penn State University. He is the author of The Drama of Landscape: Land, Property and Social Relations on the Early Modern Stage (1998), Memory and Forgetting in English Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster (2005) and Sleep, Romance and Human Embodiment: Vitality from Spenser to Milton (2012). He has published articles or book chapters on space and measurement in Tamburlaine the Great, Part 1; self-forgetting in Doctor Faustus; and geography and identity in the Marlovian dramatic corpus. His new project concerns Marlowe, Shakespeare and vitality.