Keynote Lectures


Stephen Greenblatt
(Harvard University)

Stephen Greenblatt | Keynote Lectures | ESRA 2019 Conference
Opening Keynote Lecture

Survival Strategies:
Shakespeare and Renaissance Truth-Telling

Chair: Keir Elam (University of Bologna)

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of fourteen books, including Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics; The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve; The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, and Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.
He is General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and of The Norton Shakespeare. He was named the 2016 Holberg Prize Laureate. He was president of the Modern Language Association of America and has been elected to membership in the Italian literary academy Accademia degli Arcadi.

Silvia Bigliazzi
(University of Verona)

Silvia Bigliazzi | Keynote Lectures | ESRA 2019 Conference


Fluid Borders: Rethinking Power Centres in Shakespeare’s Rome

Chair: Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

Silvia Bigliazzi is Professor of English Literature at Verona University. Her interests span early modern English drama with a focus on Shakespeare and the classical legacy, Elizabethan and Jacobean poetry, early modern scepticism and the culture of paradox, interart, translation and performance studies. Her publications include volumes on Hamlet, nothingness in Shakespeare, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, as well as the editions with Italian translations of John Donne’s poetry and Romeo and Juliet. She is co-General Editor of Global Shakespeare Inverted (Bloomsbury), Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama StudiesSkenè. Texts and Studies, and Anglica (ETS).



Andrew Hiscock
(Bangor University)

Andrew Hisckock | Keynote Lectures | ESRA 2019 Conference

Shakespeare and his World:
Testing Us to Our Very Limits

Chair: John Gillies (University of Essex)

Andrew Hiscock is Professor of Early Modern Literature at Bangor University, Wales, and Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’Âge Classique et les Lumières at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. He has published widely on English and French early modern literature. He is a Fellow of the English Association, English literature editor of the journal MLR and series co-editor of the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides. His most recent monograph is entitled Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature (Cambridge University Press) and in 2018 he co-edited (with Helen Wilcox) The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion and (with Lina Perkins Wilder) The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory.

Loredana Scaramella
(Silvano Toti Globe Theatre – Stage Director)

Loredana Scaramella | Keynote Lectures | ESRA 2019 Conference

‘O brave new world’:
Dis-placing Shakespeare at the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre in Rome

Chair: Ramie Targoff (Brandeis University)

Loredana Scaramella is actress, director, casting director and writer for theatre and television. She has collaborated with some of the major figures of the experimental theatre, such as Mario Ricci, Giuliano Vasilicò and Benno Besson. She was assistant director of Romeo e Giulietta (2003 and 2013) and Edmund Kean (2016) both directed by Gigi Proietti at the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre in Rome, where she also directed and translated Molto rumore per nulla (2006 and 2014), Come vi piace (2007), Il Mercante di Venezia (2008 and 2015), and La bisbetica domata (2018). She authored and directed Playing Shakespeare, a lecture performance on Elizabethan theatre.