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  • Julian Yates, H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English

    H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English
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    Julian Yates received his B.A. (Hons.) in English Language and Literature from St. Anne's College, Oxford University in 1990 and PhD in English Literature from UCLA in 1996. He specializes in Medieval and Renaissance British Literature, literary theory, material culture studies, and questions of ecology / environmental humanities. He is the author of some thirty five essays on Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, questions of ecology, the posthuman, and literary theory; and author or editor of four books: Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance (Minnesota, 2003), which was a finalist for the Modern Language Association's Best First Book Prize in 2003; What's the Worst Thing You Can Do To Shakespeare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), co-authored with Richard Burt; Object-Oriented Environs in Early Modern England (Punctum Books, 2016), co-edited with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen; and Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). 

    His research has been supported by grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently embarked on two projects: a book on Shakespeare's dramaturgy and contemporary ecologies of refuge titled Cosmopolitical Shakespeares; and, with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, a study of the legacies of Noah's Ark in contemporary accounts of global warming, Noah's Arkive: Groundless Reading from the Beginning to the End of Time.

 

 

129 Memorial Hall<div class="ExternalClass380601E33869438FA1BC1CE43110F3CA"><p>Julian Yates received his B.A. (Hons.) in English Language and Literature from St. Anne's College, Oxford University in 1990 and PhD in English Literature from UCLA in 1996. He specializes in Medieval and Renaissance British Literature, literary theory, material culture studies, and questions of ecology / environmental humanities. He is the author of some thirty five essays on Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, questions of ecology, the posthuman, and literary theory; and author or editor of four books: <em>Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance </em>(Minnesota, 2003), which was a finalist for the Modern Language Association's Best First Book Prize in 2003; <em>What's the Worst Thing You Can Do To Shakespeare</em> (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), co-authored with Richard Burt; <em>Object-Oriented Environs in Early Modern England</em> (Punctum Books, 2016), co-edited with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen; and<em> Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression</em> (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).<em> </em></p><p>His research has been supported by grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently embarked on two projects: a book on Shakespeare's dramaturgy and contemporary ecologies of refuge titled Cosmopolitical Shakespeares; and, with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, a study of the legacies of Noah's Ark in contemporary accounts of global warming, <em>Noah's Arkive: Groundless Reading from the Beginning to the End of Time</em>.<br></p></div>jyates@udel.eduYates, Julian<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_Yates_Julian-09_180.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />H. Fletcher Brown Professor of EnglishNamed ProfessorLiterature and Drama;British Literature;Print and Material Culture Studies;Cultural Studies;Gender and Sexuality Studies;Environmental HumanitiesB.A. English and American Literature and Language, St. Anne's College, Oxford University; M.A. English Literature, UCLA; Ph.D. English Literature, UCLA

 

 

Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies ImpressionYates, JulianUniversity of Minnesota Press2017https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/of-sheep-oranges-and-yeast<p>In what senses do animals, plants, and minerals “write”? How does their “writing” mark our lives—our past, present, and future? Addressing such questions with an exhilarating blend of creative flair and theoretical depth, <em>Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast</em> traces how the lives of, yes, sheep, oranges, gold, and yeast mark the stories of those animals we call “human.”</p><p>Bringing together often separate conversations in animal studies, plant studies, ecotheory, and biopolitics, <em>Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast</em> crafts scripts for literary and historical study that embrace the fact that we come into being through our relations to other animal, plant, fungal, microbial, viral, mineral, and chemical actors. The book opens and closes in the company of a Shakespearean character talking through his painful encounter with the skin of a lamb (in the form of parchment). This encounter stages a visceral awareness of what Julian Yates names a “multispecies impression,” the way all acts of writing are saturated with the “writing” of other beings. Yates then develops a multimodal reading strategy that traces a series of anthropo-zoo-genetic figures that derive from our comaking with sheep (keyed to the story of biopolitics), oranges (keyed to economy), and yeast (keyed to the notion of foundation or infrastructure).</p><p>Working with an array of materials (published and archival), across disciplines and historical periods (Classical to postmodern), the book allows sheep, oranges, and yeast to dictate their own chronologies and plot their own stories. What emerges is a methodology that fundamentally alters what it means to read in the twenty-first century.​  </p>jyates
Object Oriented EnvironsYates, JulianJeffrey Jerome CohenPunctum BooksNew York2016http://punctumbooks.com/titles/object-oriented-environs/Object Oriented Environs is the lively archive of a critical confluence between the environmental turn so vigorous within early modern studies, and thing theory (object oriented ontology, vibrant materialism, the new materialism and speculative realism). The book unfolds a conversation that attempts to move beyond anthropocentrism and examine nonhumans at every scale, their relations to each other, and the ethics of human enmeshment within an agentic material world. The diverse essays, reflections, images and ephemera collected here offer a laboratory for probing the mystery and potential autonomy of objects, in their alliances and in performance. The book is the trace of an event-space crafted over a day of conversation in two seminars at the Shakespeare Association of America meeting in 2014 in St. Louis and offers its nineteen essays as the end to the work-cycle of the collective we crafted that day. It is a noisy collation, full of bees, bushes, laundry, crutches, lists, poems, plague vectors, planks, chairs, rain, shoes, meat, body parts, books, and assorted humans (living and dead), and also a repertoire of dance steps, ways of configuring the relations between subject and object, actors or actants (human and otherwise). It is also a book that asks readers to ponder their environs, to consider the particularities of their world, of their reading experiences, and to consider what orders of meaning we might be able to derive from attending closely to all the very many things we come into being with. Contributors include: Lizz Angello, Sallie Anglin, Keith M. Botelho, Patricia A. Cahill, Jeffrey Cohen, Drew Daniel, Christine Hoffmann, Neal Klomp, Julia Lupton, Vin Nardizzi, Tara Pedersen, Tripthi Pillai, Karen Raber, Pauline Reid, Emily Rendek, Lindsey Row-Heyveld, Debapriya Sarkar, Rob Wakeman, Jennifer Waldron, Luke Wilson, and Julian Yates.jyates
What's the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare?Yates, JulianRichard BurtPalgrave MacmillanLondon2013http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whats-the-worst-thing-you-can-do-to-shakespeare-richard-burt/1114597416What's the worst thing you can do to Shakespeare? The answer is simple: don't read him. To that end, Richard Burt and Julian Yates embark here on a project of un/reading the Bard, through both reverent and irreverent discourse. Addressing recent critical debates around problems of print and performance, works in media theory and deconstruction, and film adaptations, the chapters uncover areas of confluence and reveal the inventive ways in which these areas respond to each other. Ultimately, this book turns conventional challenges into a roadmap for textual analysis and a thorough reconsideration of the plays in light of their absorption into global culture.jyates
Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English RenaissanceYates, JulianUniversity of Minnesota Press2002https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/error-misuse-failure<p>Drawing object lessons from failing technological devices, <em>Error, Misuse, Failure</em> plumbs the foundations of Renaissance culture in England, recovering a curious language of mistakes, dirt, and parasitism that associates the failures of these "things" with the figures of Rome, Catholicism, and Sodom.<br></p>jyates

 

 

Noah's Arkive<p><strong>Julian Yates</strong> in collaboration with Jeffrey J. Cohen, Dean of the Humanities, Arizona State University, is embarked on a book titled, <em>Noah's Arkive: Towards an Ecology of Refuge</em> (under contract to University of Minnesota Press), which examines the way contemporary initiatives to combat the effects of global warming and the emerging genre of Cli(mate) Fi(ction) engage with the story of Noah's Ark. The book traces the way the elements of the flood story as they have been mediated by medieval and early modern traditions in art, text, and music shape writing and thinking that plot a response to anthropogenic climate change. We contend that the rich medieval and early modern afterlife of the Genesis narrative offers forgotten strands of thought, forgotten elaborations of the story, written from the perspective of Noah's wife and family, the animals on the ark, and crucially those excluded and so left behind to die, that speak more eloquently and compellingly to the ethical and political burdens of living through the Anthropocene than otherwise routine invocations of the flood story in contemporary culture and science evince. <em>Noah's Arkive</em> recovers these forgotten strands; charts where and how they resurface; and considers how they might lead us to imagine a more capacious and hospitable discourse of refuge. </p><p>If you would like to find out about our recent research trip to a modern-day ark-in-progress in Frostburg MD, you can do so at <a href="http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2016/11/noahs-ark-being-rebuilt-here.html">Noah's Ark Being Rebuilt.</a> <br></p>Yates, Julianjyates<img alt="Portrait of Julian Yates" src="/ResearchProject/julianYates.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

 

 

CAS Outstanding Scholarship Award<p><strong>​Julian Yates</strong>,H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English, who a few years ago received the "Enfant Terrible" Award from The Hudson Strode Program, honoring "the 12 most brilliant scholars in the world under 40" in the field of Renaissance studies, received the Outstanding Scholarship Award. His scholarly work has been described as prolific and dazzling, with titles that range from What's the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare? to Of Sheep, Oranges and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression.</p>Yates, Julianjyates
Kendrick Book Prize<p>​<strong>Julian Yates</strong>, professor of English was awarded the  2017 Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize by The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA) for  Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression. </p>Yates, Julianjyates
CMCS Book Subenntion Award<p><strong>​Julian Yates,</strong> H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English, was awarded the CMC Book Subvention Award by the University of Delaware</p>Yates, Julianjyates

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