The Holberg Prize for 2016 goes to professor Stephen Greenblatt (b. 1943). Greenblatt is a reknowed literary critic, Shakespearian and a best selling author. His main contributions has been within Sharespeare-studies and English Literature, and is perhaps best know for having initiated the New Historicism approach. This approach, which we now perhaps take for granted, promoted the idea that literature should be studied in it’s social, cultural and institutional contexts. This challenged a field in which works of literature was studied as autonomous aesthetic texts. Greenblatt is currently a John Cogan University Professor of the humanities at Harvard University and the editor of The Norton Shakespeare.