Notes on contributors
in Goddesses and Queens

Notes on contributors

Jayne Elisabeth Archer is Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the John Nichols project, an editorial project of which the principal outcome will be an old-spelling edition of John Nichols’s collection of Elizabethan progress entertainments, The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I (1788–1823). She has also published articles on Elizabethan and Jacobean masques and on the court culture of Queen Henrietta Maria.

Carol Blessing is a Professor of Literature at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, where she also teaches in the Women’s Studies Minor and specialises in medieval and Renaissance studies and women in the church. She earned her doctorate at the University of California, Riverside, writing her dissertation on women and the law in the plays of John Webster; the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC, also commissioned her to write an essay on The Duchess of Malfi. She has presented papers on Elizabeth I at several conferences.

Helen J. Burgess is Assistant Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver, where she teaches in the Digital Technology and Culture program.

Heather Campbell is Associate Professor in the Department of English at York University in Toronto. She has published articles on Shakespeare and Marvell, and is currently working on autobiographical writings by women in early modern England and New England.

Annaliese Connolly is currently studying for her doctoral thesis at Sheffield Hallam University. In addition to teaching, she has written for The Year’s Work in English Studies, Early Modern Literary Studies and Renaissance Journal. She has also published a study guide for Cliffnotes on Romeo and Juliet.

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent publications include The Female Hero in English Renaissance Tragedy and Writing Renaissance Queens: Texts by and about Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Scott L. Newstok is Assistant Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College. Beyond English Renaissance thanatology, his work examines how Shakespearean drama (and authority) gets translated into American culture through figures such as Willa Cather, Orson Welles, and George W. Bush. He is currently editing a volume of Kenneth Burke’s writings on Shakespeare for Parlor Press.

Ben Spiller is a graduate of Warwick University where he gained a BA and MA in Theatre Studies and was president of the student drama society while he directed a number of plays. He is an Arts Council England Theatre Adviser and works for the British Shakespeare Association. He has written for Early Modern Literary Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin and the Renaissance Journal, recently taught at Oxford and Warwick Universities, and is currently working on his doctoral thesis with Professor Lisa Hopkins at Sheffield Hallam University. Ben is Artistic Director of 1623 theatre company, which performs and workshops Shakespeare in non-traditional theatre spaces.

Matthew Steggle is Senior Lecturer in English at Sheffield Hallam University. His publications include Richard Brome: Place and Politics on the Caroline Stage (Manchester University Press, 2004) and the commentary on Cynthia’s Revels for the forthcoming Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson.

Deanne Williams is Associate Professor of English at York University, Toronto. She is the author of The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2004) and co-editor of Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures (Cambridge, 2004). Current projects include a study of Shakespearean medievalism.

Goddesses and Queens

The iconography of Elizabeth I


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