William N. West
Associate Professor in English & Comparative Literary Studies
University Hall 419
Will West (Ph.D., University of Michigan) studies, teaches, and thinks about early modern drama, poetry, and prose. At Northwestern he has taught undergraduate courses on Shakespeare's theories of theater; the book of love; poetics and aesthetics from Aristotle to Kant; and the story collection from ancient India to modern England. In 2007 he was awarded a place on the ASG Faculty Honor Roll. He is a Fellow of the Humanities Residential College. In 2012-13 he was an NEH Fellow at the Huntington Library.
West is the author of Theatres and Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge UP, 2002; pbk. 2006) and, more recently, articles or chapters on Ophelia's intertheatricality, or how performance is history (Theatre Journal, 2013); humanism and the resistance to theology (in The Return of Theory in Early Modern Studies, 2011); the authority of the actor's voice (Shakespearean International Yearbook, 2010) replaying early modern drama, the Wooster Group, and Hamlet (in New Directions in Renaissance Drama and Performance Studies, 2010) and conversation and the theory of knowledge in Thomas Browne (in Sir Thomas Browne: The World Proposed, 2009). He will be editing Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica with Kevin Killeen and Jessica Wolfe for the new Oxford University Press edition of Browne's Complete Works; He co-edited (with Helen Higbee) Robert Weimann's book Author's Pen and Actor's Voice: Writing and Playing in Shakespeare's Theatre (Cambridge UP, 2000) and (with Bryan Reynolds) a collection of essays honoring Weimann, Rematerializing Shakespeare: Authority and Representation on the Early Modern Stage (Palgrave, 2005).
With Jeffrey Masten, West is the co-editor of the journal Renaissance Drama (University of Chicago Press). He is currently at work on a book called Understanding and Confusion in the Elizabethan Theaters and on a project reconsidering the Renaissance philology of Angelo Poliziano.