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  John Cox Selected for Folger Library Seminar

  Posted October 14, 1997

          HOLLAND -- John D. Cox, who is the DuMez Endowed
  Professor of English at Hope College, is one of 12 scholars
  who have been invited to join a seminar on "Theory and
  Practice of Editing" at the Folger Library in Washington,
  D.C.
          The 10-week seminar will examine how editors deal
  with early modern manuscripts and printed materials,
  especially in light of recent changes in the field that have
  resulted from contemporary theories of literature and the
  availability of new electronic resources.  The seminar will
  be led by Barbara A. Mowat, coeditor of the New Folger
  Library Shakespeare, with the help of other experienced
  editors.  Cox will travel to Washington each week to attend
  the seminar sessions, which will run from late January
  through early April.
          Cox applied for the seminar because he is working
  on a new edition of one of Shakespeare's early history
  plays, "Henry VI, Part III," for the third Arden
  Shakespeare.
          One of the first editions to publish each of
  Shakespeare's plays in a separate volume, the Arden
  Shakespeare has been published twice before in the 20th
  century by some of the best Shakespearean editors.  The
  Folger seminar will ensure that first-time editors are aware
  of how the field is changing and will give them a chance to
  consult with leading editors of Shakespeare's plays and of
  other early modern texts.
          The Folger Shakespeare Memorial Library, located
  two blocks from the nation's capital and adjacent to the
  Library of Congress, is an independent private research
  facility with significant holdings in British and European
  literature and history.  Among its special collections is
  one of the finest set of Shakespeare editions and
  supplementary material.  Each year the Folger offers a
  number of seminars and colloquiums dealing with subjects
  included in its holdings.  
          Cox earned his undergraduate degree from Hope
  College in 1967 and his graduate degrees from the University
  of Chicago.  In 1979 he accepted a faculty appointment at
  Hope, where he teaches Shakespeare regularly, in addition to
  a variety of other courses in English literature and
  interdisciplinary studies.
          He is author of "Shakespeare and the Dramaturgy of
  Power," published in 1989 by Princeton University Press, and
  coeditor of "A New History of Early English Drama,"
  published earlier this year by Columbia University Press.
  He is also writing another book, "The Devil and Society in
  Early English Drama."
          Cox has won other awards, including a Mellon
  Faculty Fellowship at Harvard in 1978-79, a research
  fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in
  1985-86, and another research fellowship from the Pew
  Charitable Trusts in 1995-96.
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