MemberSally Barnden

I am a postdoc at KCL, working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Shakespeare in the Royal Collection.’ Before rejoining KCL in September 2018, I taught at Central School of Speech and Drama, Brunel University and Queen Mary University of London. My PhD thesis, titled ‘Still Shakespeare: Performance, Photography and the Limits of the Shakespearean, 1850-2016,’ was examined in July 2016; I am currently adapting it as a monograph. ‘Shakespeare in the Royal Collection’ uses the holdings of the Royal Collection and Royal Archives as the basis for a material culture driven look at the interwoven histories of two hegemonic institutions – Shakespeare and the royal family. Having done my PhD on Shakespeare and photography, I come to this from an interest in theatre archives, their authority and their relationship to the live. The Royal Collection sometimes functions as a performance archive; meanwhile, Shakespeare’s plays, particularly his English histories, have often been treated as a kind of alternative archive for royal history.  

MemberVirginia Anderson

Virginia Anderson specialises in the study of experimental, minimalist, and free improvisatory music. Her work is published in journals such as The Journal of Musicological Research, Performance Research, New Sounds, and the Galpin Society Journal. She has written chapters in academic anthologies published by Cambridge University Press, Ashgate, University of Michigan Press, and the University of Leuven Press (two titles in this last). She has taught music history, popular music, and ethnomusicology at universities in the UK and in Britain. She is the editor of the Journal of Experimental Music Studies, runs the Experimental Music Catalogue with its founder, Christopher Hobbs, and maintains its web blog and other pages. She is currently editing a book of interviews conducted by Barney Childs with American composers in 1972, to be published by the University of Illinois Press. She also plays clarinet, and has recorded on Zanja, Advance, and Rastascan Recordings, specialising in new works for Eb clarinet and free improvisation. She is currently a member of the free improvisation group CHA, with Bruce Coates (saxes) and Christopher Hobbs (keyboards, electronics, percussion) and the South Leicestershire Improvisors’ Ensemble.

MemberMatt Brim

Brim’s research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century queer American literature and culture and on queer pedagogy. His book, James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination (2014), is available from the University of Michigan Press. His current book project is titled Queer Pedagogy. Brim also co-edits the journal WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly.

MemberDaniel Roger Schwarz

I am Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. In 1998 I received Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences Russell award for distinguished teaching, and the Weiss title also speaks to his teaching prowess. I am the author of the recently released Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009 (Excelsior Edition of SUNY Press, 2012) which is getting a good deal of attention. Of late I have been blogging on the media for the Huffington Post. In recent years I have published In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2008) in the prestigious Blackwell Manifesto series. My books include Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004), Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture (2003), Imagining the Holocaust (1999), Rereading Conrad (2001), Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature (1997), Narrative and Representation in Wallace Stevens (1993)–a Choice selection for best academic book of 1993; The Case for a Humanistic Poetics (1991), The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930 (1989; revised 1995), Reading Joyce’s “Ulysses” (2004; orig. ed 1987); The Humanistic Heritage: Critical Theories of the English Novel from James to Hillis Miller (1986); Conrad: The Later Fiction (1982); Conrad: “Almayer’s Folly” through “Under Western Eyes” (1980); and Disraeli’s Fiction (1979). I have edited Joyce’s The Dead (1994) and Conrad’s The Secret Sharer (1997) in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series, and co-editor of Narrative and Culture (1994). I have also edited the Penguin Damon Runyon (2008). I served as consulting editor of the six-volume edition of The Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli (2004) for which I wrote the General Introduction. I am General Editor of the multi-volume critical series Reading the Novel for which I wrote Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004) and am now writing a 2 volume study on the European Novel. My former graduate students and NEH participants put together a festschrift in my honor entitled Reading Texts, Reading Lives: Essays in the Tradition of Humanistic Cultural Criticism in Honor of Daniel R. Schwarz, ed Helen Maxson and Dan Morris, co-published by University of Delaware Press and Rowman and Littlefield (2012).I have directed nine NEH seminars, and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, including a number of lecture tours under the auspices of the academic programs of the USIS and State Department. I have held three endowed visiting professorships. I have published about 90 poems, some of which are available on his web page and a little fiction. I also write travel article for magazines and newspapers, and they too are on my web page I am Faculty President of the Cornell chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the longtime Faculty Advisor to the English Club and the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team. He is active in the Presidential Research and College Scholar programs.My interests include travel (and writing about travel), art museums, theatre, and sports, especially swimming and playing tennis. I have two sons are Cornell graduates: David ’89, varsity men’s tennis coach at Brown after ten years at Middlebury where he coached his team to two Division Three National Team Championships and Jeffrey ’94, currently working in Boston as a Senior Associate Product Manager in the mutual fund industry. I am is married to Marcia Jacobson, a retired scholar who held the Hargis Professorship in American Literature at Auburn University.

MemberMark D. Larabee

Mark D. Larabee is formerly Associate Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland), where he taught English and ethics, and served as Associate Chair of the English Department, after many years at sea. His latest book is The Historian’s Heart of Darkness (2018), a new edition of Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece that presents Conrad’s fiction as a guide to social and cultural history. His previous book is Front Lines of Modernism (2011), about how British authors used landscape description to shape the meaning of the First World War. He has also published numerous articles on Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Yasunari Kawabata, World War I art and literature, travel writing, and teaching. Since 2009 he has served as Executive Editor of Joseph Conrad Today (the official publication of the Joseph Conrad Society of America), and Treasurer of the Joseph Conrad Society of America. His writing and research have won national awards, and he is the first-ever recipient of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Military Professor Teaching Excellence Award. He holds a PhD in English language and literature from the University of Washington. (Profile photo: Frederick Judd Waugh, Under the Full Moon. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)