Department of English and Comparative Literature

Professor Russ McDonald

Position held:
Professor of English Literature

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Room 502
5th Floor
Warmington Tower

Office hours:
Mon 16.00-17.00
Tues 13.00-14.00

BA (Honors) Duke University, 1971; MA, PhD University of Pennsylvania 1976 Reaching Positions at Mississippi State University, University of Hawaii, University of Rochester; Bank of America Excellence Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2004-2006; appointed Goldsmiths College, 2006


I am currently the convenor of 'Renaissance Literature' and 'Engaging Poetry'; I am also teaching on Shakespeare.

Areas of supervision

Renaissance courtesy; early modern ideas about the legitimacy of language; 'Elizabethan' staging of Shakespeare in the 20th century

Professional activities

  • Member, Shakespeare Association of America (Trustee, 1997-2000)
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • Consultant, major university and scholarly presses
  • Averitt Lecturer, Georgia Southern University, 2002

Research interests

My research interests include early modern writing, particularly poetics and rhetoric; English drama to 1700, particularly Shakespeare; history of Shakespearean performance. My current research examines poetic structures-the line, the couplet, the stanza-in light of Elizabethan visual culture, especially the passion for symmetry in architecture, gardening, clothing, and other areas of design. This project was supported by a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2004-05.

Selected publications

  • 'Parison, or Measure for Measure,' in Figures of Speech (forthcoming 2007, Cambridge UP)
  • Shakespeare's Late Style (Cambridge UP, 2006)
  • 'Look to the Lady': Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench on the Shakespearean Stage (U of Georgia Press, 2005)
  • Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000 (Blackwell, 2003)
  • Shakespeare and the Arts of Language (Oxford UP, 2001)
  • The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents (Bedford St. Martins, 1996; Second edition, 2001)
  • 'Late Shakespeare: Style and the Sexes,' Shakespeare Survey 46 (1993)
  • 'Reading The Tempest,' Shakespeare Survey 43 (1990)

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