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Henry Turner

Henry Turner Professor Turner is the author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630 (Oxford, 2006) and the editor of The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2002). His work appears in The Norton Anthology of Drama (forthcoming 2009), The History of Cartography, Vol. III: Cartography in the European Renaissance (Chicago, 2007), Writing Robert Greene: New Essays on England's First Professional Writer (Ashgate, 2007), Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, ELH, and other journals.  He is series co-editor with Mary Thomas Crane of Scientific and Literary Cultures of Early Modernity (Ashgate), and book review editor of The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal.  

Professor Turner has recently completed Shakespeare's Double Helix, a contribution to the "Shakespeare Now!" series published by Continuum Press (February 2008). Focusing on A Midsummer Night's Dream, the book explores the relationship between poetic and scientific discourses in early modern England and how the play sheds light on 21st century accounts of human and artificial life in philosophy, biotechnology, and American political culture.  He is currently at work on several projects: The Corporate Commonwealth, a book-length study of the concept of the "corporation," including early modern philosophies of industry, technology, and economy and their relationship to notions of political community and political subjectivity; assorted essays on narration and value in Richard Hakluyt, on 16th century humanism and economic thought, and on Shakespeare, cybernetics, and posthuman "life"; and a special issue of Configurations: Journal of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts devoted to "Mathematics and the Imagination," guest-edited with Arielle Saiber (Italian, Bowdoin College). 

At Rutgers, Professor Turner teaches courses on Renaissance drama and theories of everyday life, on French Structuralism and its legacy, on Ben Jonson, and on philosophies of "Life" from Plato to the present.  He currently directs the Program in Early Modern Studies (PEMS) at the CCA.


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