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. My scholarly interests include Renaissance drama and performance, Renaissance texts' understandings of the classical past, and modern responses to Shakespeare's works, but this book 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.

Recent and Upcoming Talks

"Dark Ladies, Black Bodies: Animating Lucy Negro in Caroline Randall Williams' Lucy Negro Redux." George Washington University, September 2020

"Black Women in/and Adapting Shakespeare." Shakespeare Institute (Stratford-upon-Avon), February 2021

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

"Unwriting Shakespeare in Black America." Shakespeare's Globe (London), 2018

"Extravagant and Wheeling Strangers: Shakespeare, Race, and Immigration." Susquehanna University, 2017

"Race and the Making of Shakespeare" (plenary session). Shakespeare Association of America, 2017

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:

  • "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).
  • "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.

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 2020)
  • "The Legend of Lucy Negro." For The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories, ed. Janell Hobson (scheduled for 2021)
  • "Actresses of Color and Shakespearean Performance: The Question of Reception." For The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race, ed. Ayanna Thompson (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) 

Work in Progress:

  • “Where is Race in Scholarship on Early Women Writers?” Essay for special issue of Criticism, 3000 words

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