Brief Biography of the Compiler
Alan Young is Professor Emeritus of English at Acadia University. He has published widely on Renaissance literature and has always been particularly interested in genres and media that involve an interaction between the verbal and the visual. His books include studies of the English Prodigal Son plays, Tudor and Jacobean tournaments, tournament imprese, English Civil War flags, and Henry Peacham’s manuscript emblem books. In 2002, he published Hamlet and the Visual Arts, 1709-1900.” His interest in the application of computer technology to research and teaching is long standing. The books on tournament imprese, English Civil War flags, and Peacham’s manuscript emblem books all involved the creation of electronic databases as a means of presenting major parts of the completed research. Prior to writing Hamlet and the Visual Arts, he created a database in which to record information and digitized images of the more than 2,000 visual works based on Hamlet. This project took on an independent life of its own. Selected material from it is now available at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon. A further segment is accessible on the web as part of MIT’s “Ramparts” project.
In 2007, he published “Punch” and Shakespeare in the Victorian Era, and in 2014 he published Roads Taken, a memoir of his life in post-World War II Britain.
While at Acadia University, Alan Young was an early enthusiast of the Acadia Advantage Program whereby the University required every student to have a laptop computer, rebuilt its classrooms to provide an electronic teaching environment, and required its teachers to rethink their teaching techniques so as to make the most beneficial use of the available technology.