JULIE CRAWFORD is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she teaches courses on Renaissance literature. She works on topics ranging from the history of reading to the history of sexuality, and on authors ranging from Sidney and Shakespeare to Clifford, Hoby, and Wroth. Her most recent book is Mediatrix: Women, Politics and Literary Production in Early Modern England, and she is currently completing a manuscript entitled “Margaret Cavendish’s Political Career.”
E. S. MALLIN teaches English and American literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written on the pedagogy of game playing as well as on various topics in Shakespeare: film, atheism, history, marriage, hypnotic chanting. He is at work on the idea of perversity in literature and politics, a topic that bears on his essay in this volume.
PETER PICETTI is a PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno and holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His dissertation concerns John Benson’s 1640 Poems and the reception of Shakespeare in the late seventeenth century.
AMRITA SEN is Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Heritage Institute of Technology and The Heritage College (University of Calcutta). She is the coeditor of a special issue of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies on “Alternative Histories of the East India Company” with Julia Schleck, and is currently coediting a book on early modern civic pageantry titled Civic Performance with J. Caitlin Finlayson. She has published essays on East India Company women, Bollywood appropriations of Shakespeare, and early modern ethnography.
PHILIP GOLDFARB STYRT is an independent scholar working on issues of setting, politics, and the law in early modern drama. His recent publications include essays on political history in Hamilton (Modern Drama) and Protestant resistance theory in The Winter’s Tale (SEL). [End Page 138]
DAVID HOUSTON WOOD serves as Distinguished Professor of English and Honors Program Director at Northern Michigan University. He has published widely in the field of Shakespeare studies, including recent essays in Wiley-Blackwell’s New Companion to Renaissance Drama and The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability.
JAY ZYSK is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has recently published Shadow and Substance: Eucharistic Controversy and English Drama across the Reformation Divide and has published on Shakespeare and early English drama in English Literary Renaissance, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, postmedieval, and several collections of essays. [End Page 139]