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Professor Russ McDonald

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PositionProfessor of English Literature
Email r.mcdonald (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717-2963
Professor Russ McDonald

BA (Honors) Duke University, 1971; MA, PhD University of Pennsylvania 1976. Teaching 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

Teaching

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

Areas of supervision

I am interested in all phases of early modern English literature and culture, with particular intellectual and scholarly commitments to Renaissance poetics, Shakespearea in performance, and Elizabethan visual design.  I am happy to entertain proposals for work in any genres and authors of the period or in larger cultural topics.

Presentations and exhibitions

Invited Lectures, Papers, and Sessions

“‘Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth’:  The Power of Poetry,” Centre College, April 2014

“Shakespeare and the History of the Bookish,” Seventh Annual Blackfriars Conference Staunton, Virginia, October 2013

“Shakespeare Goes to the Opera,” Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI April 2013

“Shakespeare by Design,” Modern Language Association, Boston, January 2013

“This is too Long:  Directors vs. Scholars in the Production of Shakespeare," Cambridge University Summer School, August 2012

“Purcell’s The Faerie Queene,”  Lecture at Glyndebourne, July 2012

“Reflections on The Tempest,” The Tempest at 400, University of Verona Conference, December 2011

"Shakespeare and the Suspicion of Style,"  Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, November 2011

“Benjamin Britten’s Dreams,” UCLA Symposium on Shakespeare and Opera, November 2011

“Pretty Rooms:  The Architecture of the Shakespearean Sonnet,” Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, October 2011

“A Trip to the Moon on Gossamer Wings,” Royal Shakespeare Company Summer School, August 2011

“Shakespeare’s Brief Lives,” Cambridge University Summer School, August 2011

Presidential Address, Shakespeare Association of America, Bellevue, WA, April 2011

Chair of Panel, “Shakespeare’s Cultural Impact,” British Academy Literature Week May 2011

“Words and Wonder:  The Winter’s Tale,” Invited Lecture, University of Paris 7, Denis Diderot, December 1, 2010

“Modern Poetry, circa 1590,” Lecture at Pennsylvania State University, in Josephine Berry Weiss
Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar: The Shock of the New: Provocation and Challenge in
European Arts 1400-1650,” November 2010

“Setting the Scene:  2 Henry IV,” Shakespeare’s Globe, July 2010

“Shakespeare and the Suspicion of Style,” Centre College, March 2010

“Shakespeare and the Sonnet,” Invited Lecture, Faculty of English, University ofGenoa, November 2010

“Shakespeare and the Suspicion of Style,” North Carolina State University, October 2009

“Pretty Rooms:  The Architecture of the Elizabethan Sonnet,” Inaugural Lecture Goldsmiths College, University of London, April 2009

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.

Publications

Book

Compar or parison: Measure for Measure
McDonald, Russ. 2007. Compar or parison: Measure for Measure. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521866408

Shakespeare's Late Style
McDonald, Russ. 2006. Shakespeare's Late Style. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521820684

Look to the Lady: Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench on the Shakespearean Stage
McDonald, Russ. 2005. Look to the Lady: Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench on the Shakespearean Stage. The University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0820325066

Shakespeare and the Arts of Language
McDonald, Russ. 2001. Shakespeare and the Arts of Language. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198711719

Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents
McDonald, Russ. 2001. Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents. Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd Edition. ISBN 978-0333947111

Edited Book

An Anthology of Critcisim, 1945
Scott, Charlotte and McDonald, Russ, eds. 2016. An Anthology of Critcisim, 1945. Blackwell.

The Bedford Shakespeare
McDonald, Russ and Cowen Orlin, Lena, eds. 2014. The Bedford Shakespeare. Boston: Bedford St. Martins. ISBN 978-0312439637

Shakespeare Up Close: Reading Early Modern Texts
McDonald, Russ; Nace, Nicholas and Williams, Travis D, eds. 2012. Shakespeare Up Close: Reading Early Modern Texts. London: Bloomsbury/Arden. ISBN 978-1408158784

Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000
McDonald, Russ, ed. 2003. Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0631234883

Book Section

Poetry and Plot in The Winter's Tale
McDonald, Russ. 2015. Poetry and Plot in The Winter's Tale. In: Maurice Hunt, ed. The Winter's Tale: Critical Essays. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138864221

“Shakespeare and the History of the Bookish,”
McDonald, Russ. 2015. “Shakespeare and the History of the Bookish,”. In: Catherine Loomis and Sid Ray, eds. Proceedings of the Seventh Blackfriars Conference. UNSPECIFIED.

“Renaissance Rope Tricks: Rhetoric in the Theater,”
McDonald, Russ. 2015. “Renaissance Rope Tricks: Rhetoric in the Theater,”. In: Michael MacDonald, ed. The Oxford Companion to Rhetoric. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ornament
McDonald, Russ. 2015. Ornament. In: Bruce Smith, ed. The World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Peggy of Anjou
McDonald, Russ. 2013. Peggy of Anjou. In: Gordon McMullan; Lena Cowen Orlin and Virginia Mason Vaughan, eds. Women Making Shakespeare: Text, Reception and Performance. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781408185339

The Language of Tragedy
McDonald, Russ. 2013. The Language of Tragedy. In: Russ McDonald, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 23-50. ISBN 978-1107019775

‘Pretty Rooms’: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Elizabethan Architecture, and Early Modern Visual Design
McDonald, Russ. 2013. ‘Pretty Rooms’: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Elizabethan Architecture, and Early Modern Visual Design. In: Jonathan Post, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 486-504. ISBN 9780199607747

The Language of Tragedy
McDonald, Russ. 2013. The Language of Tragedy. In: Claire McEachern, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 23-49. ISBN 978-1107643321

‘Pretty Rooms’: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Elizabethan Architecture, and Early Modern Visual Design
McDonald, Russ. 2013. ‘Pretty Rooms’: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Elizabethan Architecture, and Early Modern Visual Design. In: Jonathan Post, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry. Oxford: OUP Oxford, pp. 486-503. ISBN 978-0199607747

Telling Stories
McDonald, Russ. 2012. Telling Stories. In: Russ McDonald; Nicholas Nace and Travis D Williams, eds. Shakespeare Up Close: Reading Early Modern Texts. London: Arden Shakespeare, pp. 216-224. ISBN 978-1408158784

English Prosody
McDonald, Russ and Wright, George T. 2012. English Prosody. In: Stephen Cushman; Clare Cavanagh; Jahan Ramazani and Paul Rouzer, eds. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics 4th edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 432-434. ISBN 978-0691133348

“Orpheus Among the Savages: Handel in London,”
McDonald, Russ. 2011. “Orpheus Among the Savages: Handel in London,”. In: , ed. Glyndebourne Program Essay. UNSPECIFIED.

Sarah Siddons
McDonald, Russ. 2010. Sarah Siddons. In: Peter Holland and Adiran Poole, eds. Garrick, Kemble, Siddons, Kean: Great Shakespeareans Volume II. London, UK: Continuum. ISBN 9781441157874

“‘To Serve the Poet’: Verdi’s Macbeth,”
McDonald, Russ. 2010. “‘To Serve the Poet’: Verdi’s Macbeth,”. In: , ed. Glyndebourne Program Essay. UNSPECIFIED.

'You speak a language that I understand not': listening to the last plays
McDonald, Russ. 2009. 'You speak a language that I understand not': listening to the last plays. In: Catherine M. S. Alexander, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Last Plays. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 91-112. ISBN 9780521881784

“Shakespeare Transposed: Falstaff”
McDonald, Russ. 2009. “Shakespeare Transposed: Falstaff”. In: , ed. Glyndebourne Program Essay. UNSPECIFIED.

“‘You speak a language that I understand not’: The Poetry of the Romances,”
McDonald, Russ. 2009. “‘You speak a language that I understand not’: The Poetry of the Romances,”. In: Catherine M. Alexander, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Romances. Cambridge University Press.

“Planned Obsolescence, or Working at the Words,”
McDonald, Russ. 2008. “Planned Obsolescence, or Working at the Words,”. In: G B Shand, ed. Teaching Shakespeare: Passing It On. Blackwell Publishing,, pp. 27-42. ISBN 978-1405140461

High Seriousness and Popular Form: The Case of The Maid of Honour
McDonald, Russ. 2008. High Seriousness and Popular Form: The Case of The Maid of Honour. In: Douglas Howard, ed. Philip Massinger: A Critical Reassessment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 83-116. ISBN 978-0521065429

Compar or parison: Measure for Measure
McDonald, Russ. 2007. Compar or parison: Measure for Measure. In: Sylvia Adamson; Gavin Alexander and Katrin Ettenhuber, eds. Renaissance Figures of Speech. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 33-58. ISBN 9780521866408

The Flaw in the Flaw
McDonald, Russ. 2006. The Flaw in the Flaw. In: Peggy O'Brien, ed. Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth & Midsummer Night. Simon & Schuster, pp. 8-11. ISBN 978-0743288507

Sex, Lies, and Shakespearean Drama
McDonald, Russ. 2006. Sex, Lies, and Shakespearean Drama. In: Peggy O'Brien, ed. Teaching Twelfth Night and Othello: Shakespeare Set Free. Simon & Schuster, pp. 3-10. ISBN 978-0743288514

Fashion: Shakespeare and Beaumont and Fletcher
McDonald, Russ. 2005. Fashion: Shakespeare and Beaumont and Fletcher. In: Richard Dutton and Jean E Howard, eds. A Companion to Shakespeare's Works: The Poems, Problem Comedies, Late Plays:. 4 John Wiley & Sons, pp. 150-174. ISBN 978-1405136082

“Marlowe and Style,”
McDonald, Russ. 2004. “Marlowe and Style,”. In: Patrick Cheney, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Marlowe. Cambridge University Press, pp. 55-69. ISBN 978-0521820349

Late Shakespeare: Style and the Sexes
McDonald, Russ. 2004. Late Shakespeare: Style and the Sexes. In: Catherine M. Alexander, ed. Shakespeare and Language. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press, pp. 266-288. ISBN 978-0521539005

Shakespeare’s Verse
McDonald, Russ. 2003. Shakespeare’s Verse. In: Stanley Wells and Lena Orlin, eds. Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide. Oxford: OUP Oxford, pp. 79-92. ISBN 978-0199245222

Reading The Tempest
McDonald, Russ. 2003. Reading The Tempest. In: Catherine M. Alexander, ed. The Cambridge Shakespeare Library 3 Volume Hardback Set: Shakespeare's Times, Texts and Stages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521824330

Reading The Tempest
McDonald, Russ. 2002. Reading The Tempest. In: Donald Kesey, ed. Contexts for Criticism. McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 4 edition. ISBN 978-0767422963

Poetry and Plot in The Winter's Tale
McDonald, Russ. 2001. Poetry and Plot in The Winter's Tale. In: , ed. Shakespeare Yearbook. Gale Press.

Jonson and Shakespeare and the Rhythm of Verse
McDonald, Russ. 2000. Jonson and Shakespeare and the Rhythm of Verse. In: Stanley Stewart and Richard Harp, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Ben Jonson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 103-118. ISBN 978-0521646789

Reading The Tempest
McDonald, Russ. 1998. Reading The Tempest. In: Virginia Vaughan and Alden Vaughan, eds. Critical Essays on “The Tempest. New York: G. K. Hall.

“Odious Tandem,” Introduction to Shakespeare and Jonson / Jonson and Shakespeare
McDonald, Russ. 1997. “Odious Tandem,” Introduction to Shakespeare and Jonson / Jonson and Shakespeare. In: Robert Watson, ed. Critical Essays on Ben Jonson. G K Hall. ISBN 978-0783800431

Reading The Tempest
McDonald, Russ. 1997. Reading The Tempest. In: Donald Kesey, ed. Contexts for Criticism. McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 3 edition. ISBN 978-1559348447

Late Shakespeare: Style and the Sexes
McDonald, Russ. 1994. Late Shakespeare: Style and the Sexes. In: Stanley Wells, ed. Shakespeare Survey 46. Cambridge University Press, pp. 91-106. ISBN 978-0521450270

Late Shakespeare: Style and the Sexes
McDonald, Russ. 1994. Late Shakespeare: Style and the Sexes. In: Stanley Wells, ed. Shakespeare Survey 46. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521450270

Reading The Tempest
McDonald, Russ. 1992. Reading The Tempest. In: , ed. Shakespeare Yearbook. Gale Press.

Reading The Tempest
McDonald, Russ. 1991. Reading The Tempest. In: Stanley Wells, ed. Shakespeare Survey: Volume 43, The Tempest and After. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 15-28. ISBN 978-0521395298

Fear of Farce
McDonald, Russ. 1988. Fear of Farce. In: Maurice Charney, ed. Bad Shakespeare: Revaluations of the Shakespeare Canon. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr, pp. 77-90. ISBN 978-0838633106

Sceptical Visions: Shakespeare's Tragedies and Jonson's Comedies
McDonald, Russ. 1981. Sceptical Visions: Shakespeare's Tragedies and Jonson's Comedies. In: Stanley Wells, ed. Shakespeare Survey, 34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 131-147. ISBN 978-0521523721

“Ben Jonson” and miscellaneous entries on Rhetoric
McDonald, Russ. “Ben Jonson” and miscellaneous entries on Rhetoric. In: Patricia Parker, ed. The Shakespeare Encyclopedia. UNSPECIFIED.

'Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth: The Power of Poetry'
McDonald, Russ. 'Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth: The Power of Poetry'. In: Amy Cohen and Paul Menzer, eds. Essays in Honor of Ralph Alan Cohen. University of Delaware Press.

Article

Sounds and Sweet Airs
McDonald, Russ. 2016. Sounds and Sweet Airs. Opera,

Benjamin Britten’s Dreams
McDonald, Russ. 2012. Benjamin Britten’s Dreams. Shakespeare Survey, 65, pp. 138-146. ISSN 0080-9152

Explication Checklist
McDonald, Russ. 1998. Explication Checklist. Shakespeare Magazine, II(1),

Shakespeare With Tears
McDonald, Russ. 1997. Shakespeare With Tears. Shakespeare Magazine, I(3),

Shakespeare Goes to High School: Some Current Practices in the American Classroom
McDonald, Russ. 1995. Shakespeare Goes to High School: Some Current Practices in the American Classroom. Shakespeare Quarterly, 46, pp. 18-27. ISSN 0037-3222

Richard III and the Tropes of Treachery
McDonald, Russ. 1989. Richard III and the Tropes of Treachery. Philological Quarterly, 68(4), pp. 465-483. ISSN 0031-7977

Poetry and Plot in The Winter's Tale
McDonald, Russ. 1985. Poetry and Plot in The Winter's Tale. Shakespeare Quarterly, 36, pp. 315-329. ISSN 0037-3222

“Comedy and Flannery O'Connor,”
McDonald, Russ. 1982. “Comedy and Flannery O'Connor,”. South Atlantic Quarterly, 81, pp. 188-201. ISSN 0038-2876

Jonsonian Comedy and the Value of Sejanus
McDonald, Russ. 1981. Jonsonian Comedy and the Value of Sejanus. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 21, pp. 287-305.

Othello, Thorello, and the Problem of the Foolish Hero
McDonald, Russ. 1979. Othello, Thorello, and the Problem of the Foolish Hero. Shakespeare Quarterly, 30, pp. 51-67. ISSN 0037-3222

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