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Richard L. Halpern

HalpernRichardRICHARD L. HALPERN, the Sir William Osler Professor of English, joined Johns Hopkins faculty in 2002 and has held the Osler Professorship since 2007. He is a member of the executive board of the Charles S. Singleton Center. Dr. Halpern is the author of four books: Norman Rockwell: The Underside of Innocence (2006); Shakespeare’s Perfume: Sodomy and Sublimity in Shakespeare, Wilde, Freud and Lacan (2002); Shakespeare among the Moderns (1997); and The Poetics of Primitive Accumulation: English Renaissance Culture and the Genealogy of Capital (1991). He is currently at work on a book about tragedy and political economy. Professor Halpern’s interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, especially drama; Shakespeare; modernism; literary theory, especially Marxist and psychoanalytic; aesthetics; science and literature. He has been a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.