Joyce MacDonald

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  • 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, was published in 2021 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, as well as of two book series, Palgrave Shakespeare Studies and Cambridge Elements in Shakespeare and Text. This year, I'll be beginning a term on the executive committee of the Adaptation Studies Forum of the Modern Language Association, and I'm also in the process of editng two early modern plays: Aphra Behn's Abdelazer, for the Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series from University of Toronto Press, and my favorite Shakespeare play, Antony and Cleopatra, for Cambridge Shakespeare Editions. 

Recent and Upcoming Talks

"DEI and Editing Early Modern Texts." Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, October 2021.

"Finding Black Women in Shakespeare." 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:

  • "How Race Might Help Us Find 'Lost' Women's Writing." Criticism 63.1-2 (2021): 45-53.
  • "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), pp. 208-222.
  • "'Love and Determination': "Remaking Marriage in a Black Adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew." In 'The Taming of the Shrew': State of Play, ed. Heather Easterling and Jennifer Flaherty (Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2021), pp. 192-207.
  • "The Legend of Lucy Negro." In The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories, ed. Janell Hobson (Routledge, 2021), pp. 66-74.
  • "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).

Work in Progress:

  • “Shakespeare, Race, and Adaptation.” Invited essay for Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Race, ed. Patricia Akhimie (Oxford University Press, scheduled for 2022)
  • “Race on the Restoration Stage.” Invited essay for Oxford Handbook of Restoration Literature, ed. Matthew Augustine and Steven Zwicker (Oxford University Press, scheduled for 2022)
  • "Miscegenation and the Crisis of Literary Form in The Woman of Colour." Eighteenth Century Fiction, 2022.
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