Joyce MacDonald

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  • Associate Professor
  • English
1223 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

M. A. and Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

A. B., Dartmouth College


My new book, Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. It explores my particular fascination with how race appears in early modern drama and how it can function in post-Renaissance responses to Shakespeare's plays and poems. In 2018, I was elected a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and I'm a member of the editorial boards of the journals Shakespeare Studies and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. In 2021, I'll be joining the new Research Board for the Royal Shakespeare Company, designed to help the RSC become the first performing arts organization with enough in-house scholarly research capacity to become eligible for funding from the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Association. I've also been invited to edit my favorite play, Antony and Cleopatra, for the new Cambridge Shakespeare Editions series from Cambridge University Press. 

Recent and Upcoming Talks

"Reauthorizing Blackness in The Framing of the Shrew." Brandeis University, April 2021

"Shakespeare, Race, and Pedagogy." Shakespeare Institute (Stratford-upon-Avon), February 2021

"'I stay belonging to me': Caroline Randall Williams' Lucy Negro Redux as a Reimagining of Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady' Sonnets." Modern Language Association, January 2021.

"Interracial Intimacies in the Early Modern World." Mahindra Humanities Institute, Harvard University, November 2020.

"Shakespeare and Race: Teaching and Performance." Shakespeare's Globe (London), November 2020.




Selected Publications: 


  • Women and Race in Early Modern Texts. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World, 2020

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • "Actresses of Color and Shakespearean Performance: The Question of Reception." In The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race, ed. Ayanna Thompson (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
  • "Reading Race in Women Writers Online: Thirty Years On." Women Writers Project (, 2018
  • "Ghost Stories: Lost Fathers and Abandoned Sons in the History Plays." In Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's History Plays, ed. Laurie Ellinghausen (Modern Language Association, 2017).
  • "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.

In Submission:

  • "'Love and Determination': "Remaking Marriage in a Black Adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew." For 'The Taming of the Shrew': State of Play (Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare), ed. Heather Easterling and Jennifer Flaherty (scheduled for 2021)
  • "The Legend of Lucy Negro." For The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories, ed. Janell Hobson (scheduled for 2021)
  • "Animating an Archive of Black Performance in The African Company Presents 'Richard III'. For The Arden Research Handbook to Shakespeare and Adaptation (Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare), ed. Diana Henderson and Stephen O'Neill (scheduled for 2021)
  • "How Race Might Help Us Find Women's Writing." Invited essay for "The Futures of Early Modern Women's Writing," Special issue of Criticism, ed. Jaime Goodrich and Paula McQuade, scheduled for 2021


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