Stephen Greenblatt is a literary critic, theorist and scholar.
Educated at Yale University and Pembroke College, Cambridge, Greenblatt was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley for 28 years before taking his current position at Harvard University. Greenblatt is regarded by many as the founder of New Historicism, a set of critical practices that he often refers to as “cultural poetics”; his works have been highly influential since the early 1980s when he introduced the term.
Greenblatt has written and edited numerous books and articles relevant to new historicism, the study of culture, Renaissance studies and Shakespeare studies and is considered to be an expert in these fields.
He is also co-founder of the literary-cultural journal “Representations”, which often publishes articles by new historicists. He has guest lectured at universities around the world. Greenblatt shares many anecdotes about his academic and non-academic experiences in interviews and in his writing.