Annual Shakespeare Fellow

The annual Dr Alice Griffin Shakespearean Fellowship brings experts in Shakespearean studies to the University of Auckland.

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.

2018 Alice Griffin Fellow: Deanne Williams

Deanne Williams

Deanne Williams is Professor of English at York University in Canada and a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. An award-winning scholar, with especial expertise in the cultures of women and girls in early modern English literature, Professor Williams is the author of The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (2004), Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood (2014), and numerous essays in journals and collections. Her published and current research works the earlier end of the early modern period, addressing medieval English literature and the history of the Middle Ages as seedbeds for later writing and cultural developments, such as the girl actor. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, she was recently awarded a prestigious Killam Fellowship for her work on the girl actor.

Recent Alice Griffin Fellows

2017 Alice Griffin Fellow: Peter Holbrook
Peter Holbrook (University of Queensland) is Professor of Shakespeare and English Renaissance Literature, and Director of the UQ Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800). His publications include Shakespeare’s Individualism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) and English Renaissance Tragedy: Ideas of Freedom (London: Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2015). He is also co-editor (with Paul Edmondson) of Shakespeare’s Creative Legacies (Bloomsbury, 2016), an innovative book combining the perspectives of scholars and creative artisits. A past President of the International Shakespeare Association, Professor Holbrook is a leading critic of Shakespeare’s place in intellectual history, and especially of the history of modern political and social thought.

2016 Alice Griffin Fellows: Professor Gil Harris; Professor Madhavi Menon
Professors Jonathan Gil Harris and Madhavi Menon (Ashoka University) are world-renowned scholars in Shakespeare Studies now teaching and helping to build Ashoka University, a major new liberal arts university near Delhi, India. Formerly teaching in Washington DC (at George Washington University and American University, respectively), they have between them a wide view and publishing record in contemporary Shakespeare scholarship, and also in Cultural Studies and Queer Theory. During their visit, Profs Harris and Menon presented a programme of several public lectures and seminars on Shakespeare and other topics, attended classes and met with undergraduate and post-graduate students. Professor Harris and his most recent book, The First Firangis - on the impact and cultural significance of early European immigrants to India - was also included in the 2016 Auckland Writers’ Festival. Professor Harris is an alumnus of the University of Auckland.

2015 Alice Griffin Fellow: Peter Holland
Professor Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame) is one of the central figures in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism. He was educated at Cambridge and, when he left in 1997, was Judith E. Wilson Reader in Drama and Theatre in the Faculty of English. He then served as Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon and Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham before moving to the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) in 2002. He is the author of more than one hundred articles on a wide range of topics in Shakespeare studies as well as on David Garrick, English pantomime, Chekhov, farce, Peter Brook, and many other aspects of drama and performance. He is an honorary fellow of the Shakespeare Institute and of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. 

2014 Alice Griffin Fellow: Dr Emma Smith
Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford), this year's Alice Griffin Fellow, is a scholar of outstanding early career achievement in her field. Her recent publications investigate the roots of scholarly consensus and how the interpretation of Shakespeare does particular cultural work at different moments. Some of these themes are picked up for a more general readership in her recent book, co-authored with Laurie Maguire of Magdalen College, Oxford: Thirty Great Myths about Shakespeare (2012).   

2013 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Stephen Orgel
Stephen Orgel (Stanford University), this year's Alice Griffin Fellow, is among the world's most distinguished scholars of early modern literature and art, particularly eminent in Shakespeare studies, and the study of Stuart court theatre. His numerous books include The Jonsonian Masque (Harvard, 1965), Inigo Jones: the Theatre of the Stuart Court (with Sir Roy Strong, 1973), The Illusion of Power (California, 1974), Impersonations (Cambridge, 1996), The Authentic Shakespeare (Routledge, 2002) and Imagining Shakespeare (Macmillan, 2003) and Spectacular Performances (Macmillan, 2011).  

2012 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Lorna Hutson
Lorna Hutson is Berry Professor at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her recent work includes the delivery of the Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures (2012) on ‘Circumstantial Shakespeare’, the editing of Ben Jonson’s Discoveries (1641) for the Cambridge Complete Works of Ben Jonson (2012) and The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (OUP, 2007, pbk 2011), which won the Roland Bainton Prize for Literature in 2008. She has also worked on Ben Jonson, on early modern women's writing, on the history of sexuality, on friendship, and on usury.

2011 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor John Kerrigan
Professor John Kerrigan (University of 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 (University College, Oxford) 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 actor’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. Her books include Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan, Making Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Parts (with Simon Palfrey) and Documents of Performance in early modern England.

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.