Faculty of Arts - Department of English
Annual Shakespeare Fellow
The Dr Alice Griffin Fellowship in Shakespearean Studies was established thanks to the generosity of Mr John Griffin, President of Blue Ridge Capital in New York.
Mr Griffin's donation to the University's Faculty of Arts established the scholarship in the name of his mother Dr Alice Griffin who held a PhD from Columbia University, served as associate editor and drama critic for Theatre Arts Magazine, and taught modern drama at the City University of New York.
Alice Griffin's ten books on theatre include Living Theater, Understanding Tennessee Williams, Understanding Arthur Miller, and Understanding Lillian Hellman. The latest of her four books on Shakespeare is Shakespeare's Women in Love.
The Dr Alice Griffin Shakespearean Fellowship brings experts in Shakespearean Studies to The University of Auckland and allows Faculty of Arts’ students to benefit from their teachings. A public lecture is given by each visiting fellow.
Recent Alice Griffin Fellows
2012 Alice Griffin Shakespeare Fellow: Professor Lorna Hutson
Lorna Hutson is Berry Professor at the University of St Andrews and a specialist in Renaissance Studies. Her books include Thomas Nashe in Context (Oxford, 1989), The Usurer's Daughter (Routledge, 1994), Feminism and Renaissance Studies (Oxford, 1999) Rhetoric and Law in Early Modern Europe (with Victoria Kahn, Yale, 2001) and The Invention of Suspicion (Oxford, 2007), winner of the Roland Bainton Prize for Literature, 2008.
2011 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor John Kerrigan
Professor John Kerrigan, St. John's College, Cambridge, has lectured extensively in Europe, North and South America and Japan, and his publications on Shakespeare, early modern (including On Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature: Essays, 2001, and Archipelagic English: Literature, History, and Politics, 1603-1707, 2008),revenge tragedy (Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon, 1996) and modern British and Irish poetry are internationally acclaimed. His 1986 edition of the Sonnets may be the most influential in two hundred years.
2010 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Tiffany Stern
Tiffany Stern is a leading historian of the English Renaissance theatre, having transformed our understanding of its institutional and artistic practices in a series of books and studies on the practice of rehearsal, the role and implications of actors’s parts in Shakespeare's theatre, and the handling of written documents associated with plays (such as cue-sheets, songs-sheets, and plots) by theatre companies.
2009 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Gary Taylor
Professor Gary Taylor, who directs the interdisciplinary History of Text Technologies program at Florida State University and received his PhD from Cambridge, is General Editor of the Oxford editions of Shakespeare's Complete Works (1986, 2005) and of the Collected Works of "our other Shakespeare," Thomas Middleton (2008).
2008 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Jean Howard
Professor Jean Howard has published five books, including: Shakespeare's Art of Orchestration: Stage Technique and Audience Response; The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England; and, with Dr. Phyllis Rackin, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories. She is the co-editor of The Norton Shakespeare and the general editor of the Bedford Contextual Editions of Shakespeare.
2007 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Adrian Poole
Adrian Poole is Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, where he has taught since 1975. His work addresses a constellation of four fields: tragedy, literary translation, Shakespeare, and nineteenth-century English literature.
2006 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Dympna Callaghan
Dympna Callaghan’s publications include Woman and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy (1989), The Weyward Sisters (with Jyotsna Singh and Lorraine Helms, 1992), A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare (2001), "The Duchess of Malfi" Casebook (2001), "Romeo and Juliet" Casebook (2003), The Oxford Book of English Renaissance Poetry (Oxford), and The Sonnets: A Brief Guide (Blackwell).
2005 Inaugural Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Andrew Gurr
In 2005, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, returned to The University of Auckland to give the inaugural Alice Griffin Shakespeare Lecture. Professor Gurr holds an MA from the University of Auckland. For over twenty years, he has acted as chief academic advisor to the new Globe Theatre, which opened in London in 1997.