Faculty Profile

Henry S. Turner
Associate Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 053
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7030

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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"My research and teaching is rooted in the historical and cultural study of Renaissance literature, especially drama, but it quickly extends into the sociology and philosophy of science.  My institutional efforts at the university and in the profession at large have been divided across these two primary areas, from historical as well as contemporary points of view.  I am as likely to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts as I am the conference of the Shakespeare Association of America; I've written about Shakespeare and Ben Jonson but also about genetic engineering and theories of the "posthuman."  Wide-ranging, collaborative conversation has been central to all my work, whether with colleagues or students at all levels—collaboration in all its forms is one of the things I enjoy most about life at a university."

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Columbia University
MA, University of Sussex, Brighton
Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Françaises, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
BA, Wesleyan University

Early Modern Literature; Literature and Science; Literature and Intellectual History

Other Departmental and University Positions
Director of Program in Early Modern Studies

Shakespeare's Double Helix

The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics and the Practical  Spatial Arts

The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early  Modern England


Other Publications


Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • "Introduction to Literary Study: Poetry"
  • "Dekker, Middleton, Jonson, and the Drama of Everyday Life"
  • "French Structuralism and its Legacy"
  • "What is the Human?"
  • "Ben Jonson"
  • "The Meaning of Life: Determining the Human and Beyond"
  • Imagining Science in Early Modern England"
  • "The Early Modern Political Imagination"
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars. 2012-13 residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
  • M. H. Abrams Fellowship, National Humanities Center. 2010-11.
  • Honorable Mention, Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize, awarded to The English Renaissance Stage, 2007
  • Graduate Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, 2004-5
  • Member, Modern Language Association
  • Member, Shakespeare Association of America
  • Member, Renaissance Society of America
  • Member, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
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