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Shakespeare Electronic Conference
Member Biographies - Volume 71

*Conlon, Joe <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I am a high school English teacher with 23 years experience. I've loved
Shakespeare since my first exposure to Romeo and Juliet as a ninth
grader. Shakespeare is my hobby as well as part of my job, and I collect
all things related to the man and his plays. I've acted both in civic
theater productions and in professional productions. I never let an
opportunity to see a Shakespeare play or movie pass. The more I learn
about the plays and the time period, the more I want to learn. I
participate in a number of Shakespeare newsgroups and correspond with
other interested people worldwide.

*Lee, Jin-Ah <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I got my BA and MA in English in Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.  I got
my Ph D in English in the University of South Carolina in May, 1997.  My
dissertation is about the close relationship between rhetoric and ethics
in Edmund Spenser's "Faerie Queene," using Giovani Pontano's "De
Sermone" as an interpretative tool.  I am interested in all aspects in
Renaissance, English as well as Continental.

* Martin, Ruth Hazel <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I'm an English graduate with a first-class honours degree from
Somerville College, Oxford University and a postgraduate qualification
in librarianship.  I am currently working as a librarian in a law firm,
but I am trying to save enough money to do a Masters/Doctoral degree in
Shakespeare studies at Bristol University.  This newsgroup will be a
good way for me to keep in touch with current scholarship while I'm at
work.  My interests in Shakespeare studies are general, but I am
particularly keen to study his influence/impact on Twentieth Century

*Downs, Gerald E. <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Gerald E. Downs. I am an unaffiliated graduate of San Jose
State University (BS, chemistry). I am a member of the SAA and have
maintained an interest in a wide range of Shakespearean matters for many
years. Most recently I contributed photographs of the original sketch of
Shakespeare's monument to the article appearing in the Review of English
Studies, May 97.  I have also finished an article on <The Book of Sir
Thomas More> that examines some overlooked questions of the provenance
of the Hand D addition. My primary interests are in textual matters. I
have held reader's cards at the Huntington Library, the Bodleian Library
and the British Museum. My particular field of interest is in
differentiating good argument from bad. My current project is a critical
overview of the theories surrounding the first printings of <King
Lear>.  I am a locomotive engineer by profession. My wife is an airline
employee. I am enabled by the perks of these occupations to pursue my
interests with less restriction than most.

*Sengel, Deniz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from NYU and has taught in
the fields of the Renaissance, the history of poetics and rhetoric, and
contemporary theory at The Catholic University of America and Trinity
College in the US and at Bogazici University in Turkey.  Published
articles on Renaissance authors, the interrelations between literature
and the visual arts, literary theory, and has edited a three-volume
series exploring the interrelations of artistic practice, the political
order, and aesthetic theory [_Art as Knowledge and the Artist as
Historical Construct: The New Ontology_, _The Right to Art_,
_Contemporary Thought and the Arts_ (Istanbul: PSD-AIAP, 1992, rptd.
1993)].  Has recently completed a book on Philip Sidney and the
emergence of poetic theory in sixteenth-century Europe (_The Emergence
of Modern Linguistic Disciplines 1:  Poetics/Reading and History in
Philip Sidney_).  Is currently working on its companion volume about the
rise of philology in the fifteenth century (_The Emergence of Modern
Linguistic Disciplines 2: Philology/Valla, Bruni, Alberti_).  Her next
research project is law and hermeneutics in Shakespeare's plays and

*Early, Mary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My interest in Shakespearean and Renaissance studies began as an
undergraduate; I found Shakespeare's timeliness and simultaneous
timelessness intriguing.  As I began my graduate work, I became
especially interested in the relations between and development of
characters in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, specifically in how
interchangeable some of the characteristics of certain of Shakespeare's
characters are, regardless of sex.  As my interests in feminist studies
increased, I learned to admire the strength of some of the female
characters, notably those of Shakespeare and Webster.  In my Master's
thesis, I explored the relationship between Macbeth and his Lady,
arguing that they represent two halves of a whole.
During my doctoral studies, my interest in historical and new historical
perspectives combined with my interest in characterization.  For my
dissertation, I researched Shakespeare's use of his own works as sources
in *Cymbeline*, which I argue is a play adapted for the occasion of
Prince Henry Stuart's investiture as Prince of Wales in 1610.
I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. at Arizona State University, where I
currently work in Student Development.  As I progressed in graduate
school, I worked as a research associate, working as a textual editor on
6 volumes of Samuel Johnson and Tobias Smollett; textual editing remains
a field in which I have an avid interest.  I am completing an article
based on my dissertation and am investigating appropriate journals to
which to submit it.  I am continuing to look into the similarities
between Shakespearean characters, with an interest not only in
characterization, but in providing support for the plays' dates of

*Tomaszewski, Lisa <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

--I graduated from Villanova University with a BA in English/Honors
--I am currently a Masters/PhD Canidate at Drew University
--My interests include:  Performance Theory, Feminist Literary Theory
and Classical Mythology-- all of which I utilize to expand my passion
for Shakespeare


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