Research Group The Bergen Shakespeare and Drama Network

International members

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Current Network Members


Catherine Alexander
Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Research interests: Shakespeare in the theatre and Shakespeare in the eighteenth century.

Charles Armstrong
Head of the English department, University of Agder, Norway.

Catherine Belsey
Professor at the School of Arts, English, at the University of Swansea. Professor Belsey’s research supports the work of GENCAS, the Centre for Reserch into Gender and Culture in Society and MEMO, the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.  

Shaul Bassi
Associate professor of English and Postcolonial literature at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. His research, teaching and publications are divided between Shakespeare studies and postcolonial theory and literature. He is currently editing a new Italian edition of Othello, and working on the representation of ethnicity in Shakespeare and postcolonial literatures.

Kent Cartwright
Professor and chair, Department of English, University of Maryland. He has published extensively on Shakespeare and on Tudor drama, and he is currently editing Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors for the Arden Shakespeare. His interests include performance and audience response in sixteenth-century drama, and, more broadly, humanism and religious change in the course of the century.

Rocco Coronato
University of Siena; works on Shakespeare and renaissance philosophy, and literary theory. His publications include Shakespeare’s Neighbors: Theory Matters in the Bard and His Contemporaries and Jonson Versus Bakhtin: Carnival and the Grotesque.

Fernando Cioni
Florence. Working interests: Shakespeare (editor of the New Variorum Taming of the Shrew), Renaissance drama, History of theatre, Contemporary drama, semiotics of theatre and drama.

Roy Eriksen
Agder. Professor of English Renaissance Literature and Culture, University of Agder at Kristiansand, Norway (since 1. August, 2003; formerly of Tromsø, Rome and Bergen).

Coppélia Kahn
Professor of English at Brown University. Coppélia Kahn was among the first to introduce the question of gender into Shakespeare studies, in her book Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (1981) and many articles. She also wrote Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997), and co-edited Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985), which was translated into Japanese and Chinese. Her current research concerns race and national identity in 20th c. English and American constructions of Shakespeare

Attila Kiss
Associate professor and head of department, Department of English, University of Szeged, Hungary. Research fields: semiotics of early modern and postmodern theatre and drama, representational logic in the dramas of Shakespeare and contemporaries, iconography, emblem studies, semiography (iconography plus postsemiotics) of cultural representations.

Ivan Lupic
Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, working on the tradition of Shakespeare commentary, and the reception of Shakespeare's plays in Croatia between 1918 and the 1990s.

Jacques Lezra
Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese, New York University. Research ionterests in comparative literature and literary theory; Shakespeare; the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Europe

Ágnes Matuska
Senior Assistant Professor of English, University of Szeged, Hungary.

Charles Mosley
Dr Charles Moseley is a Fellow and Tutor of Hughes Hall and has taught Classics and English Literature in the University of Cambridge for many years. He is General Editor (Literature Insights) of the unique and innovative academic e-book project - Humanities-Ebooks.co.uk.

Svenn-Arve Myklebost
Assoc. Professor at the University of Bergen. Is currently working on material extending from his PhD thesis, including book proposals, articles and post-doc. applications. Web editor for BSDN and Managing editor for EMCO.

R. Kavu Ngala
He is Associate Professor of English at the Department of Teacher Education, Telemark University College. He does research in theatre, drama, black literatures and culture, and the politics and philosophies of identity. He is currently working on the projects ‘Shakespeare in the Black World’ and ‘The Philosophy of Decolonisation: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in the Quest for Self-Presentation’.

Madalena Nicolaescu
Professor of English and Deputy Dean of the doctoral school of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Bucharest, teaching Renaissance studies and globalization studies at undergraduate and graduate level. Research focuses on Shakespeare in eastern Europe.

Patricia Parker
Professor of English, Stanford University, California. The author of a number of
well-known works on Shakespeare, editor of several plays and general editor of the
forthcoming Greenwood Shakespeare Encyclopedia.

Stuart Sillars
Head of the BSDN. Professor of English Literature at Bergen since 1999, having previously been a member of the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. His research has focussed on the relations between literature and the visual arts, on which he has written and lectured extensively.

Goran Stanivukovic
Associate Professor of English at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. He has published on Shakespeare's drama and nondramatic poetry, drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries, prose fiction, Ovid, and the Mediterranean in early modern England.

Laura Tosi
Associate Professor of English Literature at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. Her research spans the areas of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, women’s studies, postmodernist fiction, and children’s literature. Her publications include a monograph on Ben Jonson (Comunicazione e aggressione, Milan, 1998), a book on John Webster (La memoria del testo, Pisa 2001), and a volume on the literary fairy tale in England (La fiaba letteraria inglese. Metamorfosi di un genere, Venice 2007).

John W. Vinje
M.phil in English Literature. Research Fellow at the University of Agder. Vinje is working on a PhD thesis addressing the language and theatricallity of the law in Early Modern Drama with Professor Roy Eriksen as supervisor.

Susanne L. Wofford
Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Professor of English at New York University. She is a Shakespearean who also works on Early Modern Comparative European drama and on early modern romance and epic, and she has a special interest in the intersection of performance studies and interpretation in drama.