Joyce MacDonald

  • Associate Professor
  • English
1223 Patterson Office Tower, On leave, spring 2018
Research Interests:
Office Hours Fall 2018: TR 1:15-3:15

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University


Areas of inquiry:

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance literary genres
  • Race and performance

Upcoming and Recent Presentations:

  • "Shakespeare and Race," Shakespeare's Globe (London), August 2018
  • "Extravagant and Wheeling Strangers: Shakespeare, Race, and Immigration," Susquehanna University, October 2017
  • "Race and the Making of Shakespeare," plenary session, Shakespeare Association of America, April 2017
  • "Broken Georgic in Richard Ligon's History of Barbados," Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas, June 2016
  • Chairing seminar on "Ovid in Early Modern Culture," Shakespeare Association of America, April 2015.
  • "Remembering Shakespeare in The African Company Presents 'Richard III'." Modern Language Association, January 2015

Work in Progress:

  • Invited essay on race for "Thirty Years, Thirty Ideas," in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Women Writers Project housed at Northeastern University



Selected Publications: 


  • Women and Race in Early Modern Texts. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World, under contract to Palgrave Macmillan (2018)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • "Ghost Stories: Lost Fathers and Abandoned Sons in the History Plays" Forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's History Plays, ed. Laurie Ellinghausen (Modern Language Association, 2017).
  • "Intimate Histories: Desire, Genre, and the Trojan War in The Araygnement of Paris." In Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England: Literature and the Erotics of Recollection, ed. John Garrison and Kyle Pivetti (Routledge, 2016). 
  • "Teaching Oroonoko With Early Modern Drama." In Approaches to Teaching 'Oroonoko,' ed. Mary Ann O'Donnell and Cynthia Richards (Modern Language Association, 2013), 150-155.
  • “Race, Imitation, and Forgetting in Benjamin Tompson’s New England Pastorals.” Early American Literature 46.2 (2011): 207-232.
  • “Ovid and Women’s Pastoral in Lady Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1800  51.2 (2011): 447-463.


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