Professor of English and American Literature, Harvard University
Marcus Bierich Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2015
Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of twelve books, among them The Swerve: How the World Became Modern; Shakespeare’s Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning. He is General Editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and of the Norton Shakespeare, the editor of seven collections of criticism, and a founding editor of the journal Representations.
Greenblatt’s honors include the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 National Book Award for The Swerve, MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize (twice), Harvard University’s Cabot Fellowship, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, Erasmus Institute Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
Among his named lectures are the Adorno Lectures in Frankfurt, the University Lectures at Princeton, and the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford. Greenblatt has held visiting professorships at universities in Beijing, Kyoto, London, Paris, Florence, Torino, Trieste, and Bologna, as well as the Renaissance residency at the American Academy in Rome.
Greenblatt has served as president of the Modern Language Association of America and is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Letters, and the American Philosophical Society.