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Joyce MacDonald

My latest 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. I'm a former trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and a current member of the editorial boards of the journals Shakespeare Studies and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. Next year, I'll be beginning a term on the executive committee of the Adaptation Studies Forum of the Modern Language Association, and was also just elected an executive committee member for the MLA Forum on Shakespeare. This summer, I submitted an introductory essay for a new edition of Toni Morrison's Desdemona (Bloomsbury, 2024), and I'm working on editing 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. 

Contact Information
1223 Patterson Office Tower
M. A. and Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

A. B., Dartmouth College
Research Interests
  • Shakespeare
  • Performance
  • Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Race
  • Gender and Women's Writing
  • English