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Simon Palfrey

Professor of English Literature
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Simon Palfrey is Professor of English Literature at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. His books include Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words (Oxford 1997), Doing Shakespeare (Arden 2004; revised edition 2011), Shakespeare in Parts (Oxford, 2007, co-written with Tiffany Stern); Connell Guide to Romeo and Juliet (2012); Shakespeare's Possible Worlds (Cambridge, 2014), Poor Tom: living King Lear (Chicago, 2014), and Shakespeare's Dead (Bodleian & Chicago, 2016, with Emma Smith), a book to accompany the 2016 Bodleian exhibition of the same name that Simon and Emma are curating. His recent work explores the unique kinds of life generated by dramatic, poetic, and fictional forms, and the opportunities this opens up for more philosophically adventurous and formally imaginative criticism. As well as Demons Land, his current projects include a semi-autobiographical exploration of romantic poetry, The Mental Travellers, and a critical fiction written with Ewan Fernie, Macbeth, Macbeth (Bloomsbury, 2016).