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Folger Shakespeare Library Press Release
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0333  Wednesday, 4 June 2008

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Date:          Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Subject:       Folger Shakespeare Library Press Release

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Press Room
May 23, 2008

Dr. David Schalkwyk has been named to head the Research Division of the Folger 
Shakespeare Library. He will oversee scholarly programs, including the Folger 
Institute, and will serve as Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, the premier 
scholarly journal for Shakespeare studies. He will assume the post in the summer 
of 2009.

"I am delighted that David will be joining the Folger, after a distinguished 
teaching career," said Folger Director Gail Kern Paster. "David is well-known 
among Shakespeareans internationally as a scholar and as a critic with a deep 
understanding of Shakespeare's language. He brings to the Folger's research 
division a welcome global perspective."

Schalkwyk comes to the Folger from the University of Cape Town, where he is 
currently Professor of English and recently completed a term as Deputy Dean in 
the Faculty of Humanities. His publications include Shakespeare, Love, and 
Service (2008), Literature and the Touch of the Real (2004), and Speech and 
Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays (2002). In addition to works on 
Shakespeare and early modern literature and drama, Schalkwyk has also published 
articles on South African prison writing, and produced a 1991 English 
translation, Another Country, of Karel Schoeman's 1984 novel 'n Ander Land. 
Schalkwyk held a Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the 
Humanities at the University of Wisconsin in 1998 and a Mandela-Harvard 
Fellowship at Harvard University in 2004.  He is the recipient of a 2008-09 
Mellon Fellowship at the Folger where he will be researching "Humanism and 
Love's Transgression in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries" prior to assuming 
his post.

Schalkwyk succeeds Barbara A. Mowat who has led the division since 1985. Mowat 
will continue as Editor (with Paul Werstine) of the Folger Shakespeare editions 
until the series is completed in 2010.


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