Dr Laurie Shannon (Northwestern) to give plenary talk at 42nd UBC Medieval Workshop!

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The 42nd UBC Medieval Workshop: Medieval and Renaissance Oecologies will be welcoming Dr. Laurie Shannon (Professor and Chair, English, Northwestern University) as a plenary speaker! The workshop will take place from 7-9 November 2014, and is accepting paper proposals until 15 December 2013. Download the Call for Papers.

Laurie ShannonLaurie Shannon (JD, Harvard Law School; PhD, University of Chicago) studies English literature and culture in the long sixteenth century. She has broad interests in the history of ideas in and through language, especially concerning the terms and conditions of embodiment; stakeholdership and the horizons of the political imagination; and the possibilities of the corporate form.

Shannon is the author of Sovereign Amity: Figures of Friendship in Shakespearean Contexts (Chicago, 2002) and The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales (Chicago, 2013). Shannon is now at work on Of English Dogges (an edition of John Caius’s 1576 text, the first comprehensive treatment of dogs printed in English). She is also developing a series of articles on early Elizabethan poet and occasional theorist George Gascoigne. Her next project is tentatively entitled “Little Motes and Loud Weather” and will explore period speculations about infinitesimal phenomena (elements, specks, motes, atoms, and gnats) and how these minute bodies assemble to form much larger ones (from bodily illnesses to Shakespearean storms) — all before the newfangled microscope began to disclose their secrets.

Shannon, who joined the Northwestern faculty in 2008, was awarded the Robert B. Cox Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award and The Dean’s Award for Graduate Mentoring (both at Duke University). She is a former chair of the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Shakespeare, a current trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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