posted April 12, 2010

John Cox Featured on NPR Program on Shakespeare

Dr. John Cox of the Hope College English faculty is one of three Shakespeare scholars interviewed in a National Public Radio program prepared in celebration of William Shakespeare's birthday.

Cox, who is the DuMez Professor of English at Hope and internationally recognized as a scholar of Shakespeare, is interviewed for about 10 minutes during the half-hour program "Shakespeare's Bible," which is geared toward a general audience.  Broadcast times around the country will vary, but the program can be heard via the audio stream of WBGO radio in the New York area via www.wgbo.org on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.  (Shakespeare's birthday is April 23).

Cox, who is a 1967 Hope graduate, has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1979.  His primary scholarly interests are Renaissance drama and the works of William Shakespeare.

He is the author of the books "Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith" (Baylor University Press, 2007); "The Devil and the Sacred in Early English Drama, 1350-1642" (Cambridge University Press, 2000); and "Shakespeare and the Dramaturgy of Power" (Princeton University Press, 1989).  He also co-edited two other books:  the Third Arden Shakespeare Edition of "Henry VI, Part 3" (Thomson Learning, 2001) and "A New History of Early English Drama" (Columbia University Press, 1997).  In addition, he has written many scholarly articles and book reviews on Renaissance drama and contemporary writers.

The high quality of his scholarship has been recognized in a variety of ways.  "A New History of Early English Drama" was named Book of the Year by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and "The Devil and the Sacred in Early English Drama, 1350-1642" was a finalist for the David Bevington Prize.  Among other external acknowledgements, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for both 1985-86 and 2004-05; a Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship for 1995-96; and an NEH Summer Stipend for 1993.