Professor Bill Sherman

Professor Bill Sherman, Victoria and Albert Museum.

Professor Bill Sherman’s research is driven by a love of archives and other collections, and an interest in how objects from the past come down to us, what they pick up along the way and how they speak across time and space.

Sherman has published widely on the history of books and readers and the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; and much of his current work explores the interface between word and image and the relationship between knowledge and power. He has also curated an exhibition titled, Decoding the Renaissance: 500 Years of Codes and Ciphers at the Folger Shakespeare Library, November 2014 to March 2015.

Sherman is currently on secondment from the University of York, where he was Director of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) from its creation in 2005 to 2011. He is working on a study of visual marginalia called The Reader's Eye, a collection of essays on Renaissance Collage (edited with Juliet Fleming and Adam Smyth), a reconstruction of the art and book collections of Walter and Louise Arensberg (with Mark Nelson) and an edition of Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta (edited with Chloe Preedy for Arden Early Modern Drama).

Sherman has held visiting positions at Caltech, Queen Mary (University of London) and Keio University (Tokyo), and fellowships at the Folger, Huntington, New York Public Library, National Maritime Museum and Bard Graduate Center.