123 High Street
Easton, PA 18042
Charles A. Dana Professor Emerita of English
Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042
Major Areas of Interest
- Shakespeare, Early Modern England, Modern Drama
- Ph.D. 1977 – Columbia University, New York, NY (English and Comparative Literature)
- M.A. 1973 – Hunter College, New York, NY (English)
- B.A. 1970 – Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ (English, magna cum laude)
- 1977-2008 – Lafayette College, Easton, PA – Charles A. Dana Professor of English since 1992, Emerita since 2008; Phi Beta Kappa, 1995
- Modern Drama (American, British, Comparative); Shakespeare; The London Theatre (in London); Drama Survey (Greeks through Shakespeare, Restoration through Modern); Tudor and Stuart Drama; introductory writing and literature courses; British literature survey; Major American Writers; introductory writing and literature courses; interdisciplinary courses on the McCarthy era and on literature, science, and technology; advised student dramatic productions
Administrative Experience (Lafayette College)
- 1993-2006 – Provost and Dean of the Faculty
- 1992-93 – English Department Head
- 1986-90 – Assistant to the Provost, Planning and Faculty Development
- 1983-89 – Director, College/High School Partnership Program
- 1978 – Goethe Institute, Blaubeuren, Germany—course in German language
- 1983 – New School for Social Research, New York, NY—stage management course
- 1984 – Sloan Seminar, Technology and the Liberal Arts, Lafayette College (summer)
- 1986 – Sloan Seminar, Quantitative Reasoning, Lafayette College (summer)
- 1987 – Sloan Seminar, Engineering for Humanists, Lafayette College (summer)
- 1992 – Moravian Archive, Bethlehem, PA—course in German paleography
- 1996 – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania—Wharton/IRHE Pilot Program
on Managing Higher Education (certificate program)
- 2007 – Victoria University, University of Toronto—course in English paleography
- 2010 – The London Rare Books School—course on Early Modern Book in England
- 2013 – The London Rare Books School–course in Bibliography
Grants and Grant-Related Activities
- 1977‑2011 – Research, summer research, travel, advanced study, and Excel Scholar grants from Lafayette College
- 1978‑79 – Fulbright Professorship, University of Kassel, Germany
- 1979 – Selection Panel, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), North America Study Program, Bonn
- 1983 – NEH Summer Seminar for College Professors, modern drama, Princeton University
- 1985 – Lecturer, NEH‑funded Commonwealth Partnership Summer Literature Institute, Lafayette College; participant in follow‑up programs, 1985‑87
- 1988 – Director, NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers, Lafayette College, Teaching Shakespeare in Performance: Macbeth ($50,000 project grant), with James P. Lusardi
- 1989 – Selection Panel, NEH Summer Seminars for Teachers
- 1990 – NEH Summer Research Grant for work on book on dramatic closure
- 1990 – Evaluator, NEH Institutional Grant Program
- 1991 – Selection Panel, NEH Summer Seminars for Teachers
- 1992 – DAAD grant for archival research in Germany
- 1992 – Fulbright Professorship, Germany—declined
- 1984 – Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Faculty Lecture Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship, Lafayette College
- 1988 – Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Award for superior teaching and scholarly contribution to the discipline, Lafayette College
- 1992 – Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to campus life, Lafayette College
- 1992 – Charles A. Dana Professor of English
- 1994 – Lehigh Valley Academic Woman of the Year
- 1995 – Fairleigh Dickinson University Pinnacle Society (distinguished alumni/ae)
- 1999 – Research featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 4, pp. 19, 22
Metafictional Characters in Modern Drama. New York: Columbia UP, 1979.
The Plays and Novels of Peter Handke. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1981.
Arthur Miller. New York: Ungar, 1987, with James K. Flanagan (Flanagan wrote introductory biographical chapter).
Reading Shakespeare in Performance: King Lear. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1991, with James P. Lusardi.
Dramatic Closure: Reading the End. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1995.
The Album Amicorum and the London of Shakespeare’s Time. London: The British Library, 2011.
The English Novel: Twentieth Century Criticism, Vol. 2: Twentieth Century Novelists. Athens: Ohio UP, 1982, with Paul Schlueter.
Modern American Literature, Supplement II. New York: Ungar, 1985, with Paul Schlueter.
An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers. New York: Garland Publishing, 1988, with Paul Schlueter. Reprinted in substantial part in Wilson, Katharina M. and Paul and June Schlueter, ed. Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, 1997). Second, revised and expanded ed. (New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1999), with Paul Schlueter.
Feminist Rereadings of Modern American Drama. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1989.
Modern American Drama: The Female Canon. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1990.
Approaches to Teaching Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. New York: Modern Language Ass’n., 1991, with Enoch Brater.
Critical Essays: The Two Gentlemen of Verona. New York: Garland Publishing, 1996.
Francis A. March: Selected Writings of the First Professor of English. Easton, PA: Lafayette College, 2005, with Paul Schlueter.
Acts of Criticism: Performance Matters in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2006, with Paul Nelsen.
John Valentine Haidt: The Life of a Moravian Painter, by Vernon H. Nelson. Bethlehem, PA: The Moravian Archives, 2012, with Paul Peucker.
“Ford’s The Broken Heart as a Multiple‑Plot Play.” Thoth 15.2 (Feb. 1975): 21-36.
“Peter Handke’s The Ride Across Lake Constance: The Illusion of Self‑Sufficiency.” Comparative Drama 11.2 (Summer 1977): 113‑26.
“‘Goats and Monkeys’ and the ‘Idiocy of Language’: Peter Handke’s Kaspar and Shakespeare’s Othello.” Modern Drama 23.1 (March 1980): 25‑32.
“An Interview with Peter Handke.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 4.1 (1979): 63‑73.
“Handke’s ‘Kafkaesque’ Novel: Semiotic Processes in Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 4.1 (1979): 75‑88.
“Is It All Over for Edward Albee? The Lady from Dubuque.” In Edward Albee. Ed. Patricia De La Fuente. Edinburg, TX: Pan American U, 1980. 112‑19.
“Connections: Literature, Science, and Technology: A Second Semester Freshman Composition Course at Lafayette College.” Science, Technology and Society Newsletter, 1980.
“Politics and Poetry: Peter Handke’s They Are Dying Out.” Modern Drama 23.4 (1981): 339‑45; reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism 134 (2001): 114-17.
“Adultery is Next to Godlessness: Dramatic Juxtaposition in Peter Nichols’ Passion Play.” Modern Drama 24.4 (1981): 540‑45; reprinted in Modern British Dramatists. Ed. John Russell Brown. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice‑Hall, 1984. 153‑60.
“American as Junkshop: The Business Ethic in Mamet’s American Buffalo.” Modern Drama 26.4 (1983): 492‑500, with Elizabeth Forsyth.
“Cabot’s Conflict: The Stones and the Cows in O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms.” In Critical Essays on Eugene O’Neill. Ed. James J. Martine. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984. 111‑14, with Arthur Lewis.
“How to Get Into A Doll House: Ibsen’s Play as an Introduction to Drama.” In Approaches to Teaching Ibsen’s A Doll House. Ed. Yvonne Shafer. New York: Modern Language Association, 1985. 63‑68.
“Imitating an Icon: John Erman’s Remake of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.” Modern Drama 28.1 (1985): 139‑47.
“The Postmodern American Theatre.” In The Postmodern Moment: A Handbook of Contemporary Innovation in the Arts. Ed. Stanley Trachtenberg. Westport: Greenwood P, 1985. 209‑28.
“Moon and Birdboot, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.” In Tom Stoppard. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1986. 75‑86 (reprint of chapter from Metafictional Characters in Modern Drama).
“Recycled Shakespeare at The Stratford Festival.” Shakespeare Bulletin 5.1 (1987): 23‑26.
“Jonathan Miller on Dover Cliff.” Shakespeare on Film Newsletter 11.2 (1987): 5, with James P. Lusardi.
“Power Play: Arthur Miller’s The Archbishop’s Ceiling.” The CEA Critic 49.2/3/4 (1987): 134‑38.
“Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool Dry Place: Megan Terry’s Transformational Drama and the Possibilities of Self.” Studies in American Drama, 1945‑Present 2 (May 1987): 59‑69; reprinted in Modern American Drama: The Female Canon (1990) and in Drama for Students, vol. 18. Ed. Kathy Sauer. New York: Gale, 2003.
“Teaching Shakespeare in Performance.” Shakespeare on Film Newsletter 12.1 (1987): 7, with James P. Lusardi.
“The Camera in Gertrude’s Closet.” In Shakespeare and the Triple Play: From Study to Stage to Classroom. Ed. Sidney Homan. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 1988. 150‑74, with James P. Lusardi.
“The American Theatre Since Waiting for Godot.” In Beckett und die Literatur der Gegenwart. Ed. Martin Brunkhorst, Gerd Rohmann, and Konrad Schoell. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, 1988. 218‑26.
“Trivial Pursuit: The Casket Plot in the Miller/Olivier Merchant.” In Shakespeare on Television: An Anthology of Essays and Reviews. Ed. James C. Bulman and H. R. Coursen. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1988. 169‑74.
“Canlit/Victim Lit: Margaret Atwood’s Survival and Second Words.” In Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms. Ed. Jan Castro and Kathryn Van Spanckeren. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1988. 1‑11.
“The Dramatic Strategy of All My Sons.” In Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1988. 113‑22 (reprint of chapter from Arthur Miller).
“Bad Shakespeare in the Classroom.” Shakespeare on Film Newsletter 13.1 (1988): 4, 8.
“Tybalt in a Bloody Sheet, Paris in the Tomb: Speculations on Doubling and Staging in Romeo and Juliet.” Shakespeare Yearbook 2 (1991): 1‑22.
“The Literary Lives and Deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.” In Klassiker‑Renaissance: Modelle der Gegenwartsliteratur. Ed. Martin Brunkhorst, Gerd Rohmann, and Konrad Schoell. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 1991. 161‑69.
“The Private and Public Lives of a Dramatic Text: Reading within the Dialogic Mode.” In Public Issues, Private Tensions: Contemporary American Drama. Ed. Matthew C. Roudané. New York: AMS P, 1993. 281-93.
“‘We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning!’: Reading toward Closure in Streetcar.” In Confronting Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. Westport: Greenwood P, 1993. 71‑81.
“‘Stuffed, as they say, with honorable parts’: Female Breasts on the English Renaissance Stage.” Shakespeare Yearbook 3 (1993): 117‑42.
“Ways of Seeing in Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen.” Studies in American Drama, 1945‑Present 8.1 (1993): 3‑11.
“Edward Albee’s Marriage Play.” Studies in American Drama, 1945‑Present 8.1 (1993): 106‑08.
“Re-membering Willy’s Past: Introducing Postmodern Concerns through Death of a Salesman.” In Approaches to Teaching Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Ed. Matthew C. Roudané. New York: Modern Language Association, 1995. 143-54.
“Scripting the Closing Scene: Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mount Morgan.” In The Achievement of Arthur Miller: New Essays. Ed. Steven R. Centola. Dallas: Contemporary Research P, 1995. 143-50.
“Who Was John Wobster? New Evidence Concerning the Playwright/Minstrel in Germany.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 8 (1996): 165-75.
“Miller in the 80s.” In The Cambridge Guide to Arthur Miller. Ed. Christopher Bigsby. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997. 152-67.
“English Actors in Kassel, Germany, during Shakespeare’s Time.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 10 (1998): 238-61.
“Reading Hamlet in Performance: The Laertes/Hamlet Connection.” In Shakespearean Illuminations: Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg. Ed. Jay L. Halio and Hugh Richmond. Newark: U of Delaware P, 1998. 50-69, with James P. Lusardi.
“Shakespeare Down Under.” Shakespeare Bulletin 16.1 (1998): 35-37.
“Rereading the Peacham Drawing.” Shakespeare Quarterly 50.2 (Summer 1999): 171-84; see also “A Tragic Misunderstanding.” Times Literary Supplement 19 February 1999, p. 16; “A Fresh Look at a Cryptic Drawing Puts Titus Andronicus in a New Light.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 4 June 1999, pp. 19, 22; “Peacham’s Progress.” Around the Globe 12 (Winter 1999): 32; “Shakespeare Sleuth.” The Morning Call (Allentown, PA) 12 March 2000, pp. E1, E4.
“Domestic Realism: Is It Still Possible on the American Stage?” South Atlantic Review 64.1 (1999): 11-25.
Foreward to Ethics in Academia. Ed. S. K. Majumdar, Howard S. Pitkow, Lewis Penhall Bird, and E. W. Miller. Easton, PA: The Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 2000. ix-x.
“Plays and Playwrights: 1945-1970.” In The Cambridge History of American Theatre, vol. 3. Ed. Donald R. Wilmeth and Christopher Bigsby. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000. 294-330.
“Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s German Godchild: The Documentary Record.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 13 (2001): 57-81.
“Beckett and the Moonwatchers.” The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle de Beckett 25.1 (2002): 16-17.
“Offstage Noise and Onstage Action: Entrances in the Ophelia Sequence of Hamlet.” In Stage Directions in Hamlet: New Essays and New Directions. Ed. Hardin L. Aasand. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2003. 33-41, with James P. Lusardi.
“‘I have done the deed’: Macbeth 2.2.” In Shakespeare in Performance: A Collection of Essays. Ed. Frank Occhiogrosso. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2003. 71-83, with James P. Lusardi.
“Genus Cygnus: Three Species of the Swan.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 16 (2003): 192-217.
“A ‘Retronursing’ Woman in an Early Modern Album Amicorum.” Notes and Queries n.s. 52.3 (2005): 296-98.
“Michael van Meer’s Album Amicorum, with Illustrations of London, 1614-15.” Huntington Library Quarterly 69.2 (2006): 301-13.
“Martin Droeshout Redivivus: Reassessing the Folio Engraving of Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Survey 60 (2007): 237-51.
“An Illustration of Traveling Players in Franz Hartmann’s Early Modern Album amicorum.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 21 (2008): 191-200.
“An Unrecorded Woodcut of Queen Elizabeth I.” Print Quarterly 25.3 (2008): 278-83.
“Three Early Seventeenth-Century Watercolours of the Tombs of Henry VII and Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey.” The Burlington Magazine 151 (December 2009): 819-21; research discussed in The Westminster Abbey Chorister, No. 50 (Summer 2010): 30-33.
“de Passe and the Sibyls.” Print Quarterly 27.1 (2010): 62-64.
“Ben Jonson on the Continent: Two Seventeenth-Century Manuscript Copies of Sejanus.” Ben Jonson Journal 17.1 (2010): 19-37.
“Was Richard Smith Richard Schilders?” Print Quarterly 27.2 (2010): 143-47.
“Halfe maim’d? Five Unknown Poems by Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.” Times Literary Supplement 23 July 2010, pp. 14-15, with Paul Schlueter.
“Rereading the Side Panels in The View of London from the North.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 23 (2010): 142-57.
“Droeshout” [“Michael Droeshout sculpsit“]. Print Quarterly 27.3 (2010): 253-62.
“Shackerley Marmion Redux: A Second Look at The Soddered Citizen.” Ben Jonson Journal 18.1 (2011): 101-12.
“An Eighteenth-Century Manuscript of La Nouvelle Messaline.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 105.2 (2011): 177-80.
“Samuel Daniel in Italy: New Documentary Evidence.” Huntington Library Quarterly 75.2 (2012): 283-90.
“An Unnoticed Manuscript of Shackerley Marmion’s Cupid and Psyche.” Ben Jonson Journal 99.2 (2012): 299-308.
“Lost in Kassel.” Times Literary Supplement 22 February 2013, p. 15.
“Elizabethan Tourist Writes Earliest Known Account of an Abbey Visit.” The Westminster Abbey Chorister Summer 2013, 44-48.
“Lost and Found: Ben Jonson’s Autograph in Joachim Morsius’s Album Amicorum.” Ben Jonson Journal, in press 2013.
“The Kassel Miscellany of Seventeenth-Century Poems.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, in press 2013.
“New Light on Thomas Dekker’s Fortunati.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, in press 2013.
“The Earliest Nuremberg Playbill,” Theatre Notebook, in press 2013.
“Simon Segar the Younger,” Notes and Queries, in press 2013.
“Hieronymus Tielsch in England, c. 1603.” Huntington Library Quarterly, accepted.
“Traces of Henry Wotton in Continental Alba Amicorum,” with Markus Dubischar, submitted.
“A Shakespeare/North Collaboration: Titus Andronicus and Titus and Vespasian,” with Dennis McCarthy, submitted.
Reference Book Essays
“Brian Friel.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Dramatists Since World War II. Detroit: Gale Research, 1982.
“Peter Shaffer.” Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, rev. ed. Ed. Leonard S. Klein. New York: Ungar, 1983.
“Luigi Pirandello.” Critical Survey of Drama. LaCanada, CA: Salem P, 1986.
“August Strindberg.” Critical Survey of Drama. LaCanada, CA: Salem P, 1986.
Modern Drama section of Books for College Libraries. Middletown, CT: Books for College Libraries, 1988.
“David Mamet.” Contemporary American Dramatists, Bibliography Series. Ed. Matthew J. Roudané. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989.
“Arthur Miller.” Contemporary American Dramatists, Bibliography Series. Ed. Matthew J. Roudané. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989.
“T. S. Eliot.” The Biographical Dictionary of the Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature. Ed. Rado Pribic. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990.
“Eugene O’Neill.” The Biographical Dictionary of the Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature. Ed. Rado Pribic. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990.
“Peter Handke.” Exile and Displacement: An Encyclopedia of a Twentieth Century Literary Phenomenon. Ed. Martin Tucker. Westport: Greenwood P, 1991.
“Arthur Asher Miller.” The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: The 1960s, vol. 2. Ed. William L. O’Neill. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. 75-77.
45 short entries (50-300 words) for The Greenwood Shakespeare Encyclopedia, ed. Patricia Parker, 5 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, in press.
5 essays on Segar family members for Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, submitted.
approximately 100 book reviews for Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Choice, Comparative Drama, Studies in Short Fiction, Christianity and Literature, Modern Language Review, and various library journals
approximately 50 theatre reviews, mostly of productions of Shakespeare’s plays, for Shakespeare Bulletin and Stages
Papers Presented and Conference Participation
Numerous presentations at Lafayette College, 1977- .
“The New York Theatre Scene,” German‑American Institute, Tübingen, Germany, March 1979.
“Metafictional Characters in Modern Drama,” Schloss Rauisch‑Holzhausen, Germany, July 1979 (international invitational conference sponsored by British Council and the U of Giessen).
Panel discussant, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, February 1980.
Evaluator, “The Versatility of English,” College English Association convention (CEA), Cherry Hill, NJ, April 1981.
“The Edible Country: Images of Canada (and Woman) in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing,” North East Modern Language Association convention (NEMLA), Quebec City, April 1981.
“Peter Nichols’ Passion Play,” Modern Language Association convention (MLA), New York, December 1981.
Chair, Modern Drama in Transition (1880‑1920) session, “Tragicomedy,” NEMLA, New York, April 1982.
“The Legacy of Hamlet?: Modern Metatheatre” (presented in absentia), Shakespeare Association of America convention (SAA), Minneapolis, April 1982.
Chair, British Drama Before 1800 session, “The Ideal Woman in Drama and Society,” NEMLA, Erie, PA, April 1983.
Secretary, Modern Drama session, “Medical Matters in Modern Drama,” NEMLA, Erie, PA, April 1983.
Panel discussant, “Editing Scholarly Journals,” Pennsylvania CEA, Seven Springs, PA, April 1983.
“Über die Dorfer and Handke’s Theatre Aesthetic,” American Theatre Association convention, Minneapolis, August 1983.
Chair, Modern Drama session, “From Modernism to Postmodernism: Drama Since 1960,” NEMLA, Philadelphia, March 1984.
“Strindberg’s Heart of Darkness: The Ghost Sonata as Mythical Journey,” NEMLA, Philadelphia, March 1984.
“Marowitz’s Macbeth,” SAA, Cambridge, MA, April 1984.
Respondent to paper on contemporary German productions of Hamlet, SAA, Cambridge, MA, April 1984.
“Imitating an Icon: John Erman’s Remake of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire,” MLA, Washington, DC, December 1984.
“Arthur Miller in the Eighties,” MLA, Washington, DC, December 1984.
“Trivial Pursuit: The Casket Plot in the Olivier/Miller Merchant of Venice,” SAA, Nashville, March 1985.
“The Stronger Stronger” (presented in absentia), NEMLA, Hartford, March 1985.
“The Anonymous Captain in King Lear,” SAA, Montreal, March 1986, with James P. Lusardi.
“‘Is this the promised end?’ / ‘Or image of that horror?’ The Final Stage Image in the Granada and BBC Productions of King Lear,” International Shakespeare Congress, Berlin, April 1986.
“Reading Shakespeare in Performance: The Anonymous Captain in King Lear,” Columbia Shakespeare Seminar, New York, October 1986; New York U, New York, December 1986; CUNY-Staten Island, New York, October 1987, with James P. Lusardi.
“Megan Terry’s Transformational Drama: The Possibilities of Self,” “Gender, Identity, and Contemporary Drama symposium,” Swarthmore College, January 1987.
Seminar leader, “Activating Shakespeare,” a six‑session seminar for New Jersey high school and college faculty on Shakespeare in performance, Fairleigh Dickinson U, March 1987, with James P. Lusardi.
“Reading Shakespeare in Performance: Dover Cliff,” SAA, Seattle, April 1987, with James P. Lusardi.
Director of seminar on “Minimal Shakespeare,” SAA, Cambridge, MA, April 1988, with James P. Lusardi.
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: A Post‑Mortem,” New Jersey Shakespeare Festival Colloquium, Drew U, August 1988, and “The Renaissance of Classics: Models of Contemporary Literature,” international conference, U of Kassel, Germany, June 1990.
“Feminist Rereadings of Modern American Drama,” “New Languages for the Stage” conference, U of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, October 1988.
“Strindberg in Performance,” NEMLA, Wilmington, March 1989.
“Tybalt in a Bloody Sheet, Paris in the Tomb: Implications for Doubling and Staging Suggested by the Final Scene of Romeo and Juliet,” SAA, Houston, April 1989.
“Audience Response within the Dialogic Mode,” NEMLA, Toronto, April 1990.
“‘What noise is this?’ / ‘Let her come in’: Entrances in the Ophelia Sequence of Hamlet,” SAA, Philadelphia, April 1990.
“English Actors in Kassel, Germany, during Shakespeare’s Time,” SAA, Vancouver, March 1991.
“‘Stuffed, as they say, with honorable parts’: Female Breasts on the English Renaissance Stage,” International Shakespeare Association Congress, Tokyo, August 1991.
Chair, “Beckett and Contemporary Theory” session, MLA, San Francisco, December 1991.
“Scripting the Closing Scene: Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mount Morgan,” “The Many Faces of Arthur Miller” conference, Millersville U, Millersville, PA, April 1992 (also served as co‑chair of conference).
“Shakespeare’s Theatre: Then and Now” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 1992, with James P. Lusardi.
“Metatheatre and Marital Politics in Miller’s The Ride Down Mount Morgan and Albee’s Marriage Play,” MLA, New York, December 1992.
“Reading Streetcar in Performance,” Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, March 1993.
“Playtext and Performance Text: A Reader Response Approach to Shakespeare on Film,” SAA, Atlanta, April 1993.
“Domestic Realism: Is It Still Possible on the American Stage?”, Charles A. Dana inaugural lecture, Lafayette College, May 1993.
“Hamlet and Performance Criticism: The Hamlet/Laertes Connection,” “The Endurance of Hamlet” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, November 1993, with James P. Lusardi.
“Who Was John Wobster? New Evidence Concerning the Playwright/Minstrel in Germany,” SAA, Chicago, March 1995.
“The Tempest: Theatrical Problems/Theatrical Solutions,” “The Disputed Island: The Tempest Today” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 1995, with James P. Lusardi.
“The Hamlet/Laertes Connection,” World Shakespeare Congress, Los Angeles, April 1996, with James P. Lusardi.
“King Lear: Theatrical Problems/Theatrical Solutions,” “King Lear in Shakespeare’s Time and Ours” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 1996, with James P. Lusardi.
“The Conscience of the King: The Play-within in Hamlet.” “Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! The New Shakespeare Films” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 1997, with James P. Lusardi.
“The Conscience of the King.” SAA, Cleveland, March 1998, with James P. Lusardi.
Session leader, “The Successes, Failures, and Promise of the New Globe,” “Shakespeare’s Globe: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 1998.
Panel discussant, “Arthur Miller and the Holocaust” conference, Kean U, Union, NJ, February 1999.
“Offstage Noise and Onstage Action: Entrances in the Ophelia Sequence of Hamlet,” SAA, San Francisco, April 1999, with James P. Lusardi.
“Elliptic Curves and the Peacham Drawing,” Columbia Shakespeare Seminar, New York, October 1999.
Reading Shakespeare in Performance: Romeo and Juliet, “Ritual and Revenge” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 1999, with James P. Lusardi.
“Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s German Godchild: The Documentary Record,” SAA, Montreal, April 2000.
“Ironies in Hamlet,” “Shakespearean Ironies” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 2000, with James P. Lusardi.
“Milan and Ephesus: Shakespearean ‘Ports’ of Call,” International Shakespeare Congress, Valencia, Spain, April 2001, with James P. Lusardi.
“Hamlet in Performance,” “Shakespeare and the Movies” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 2001, with James P. Lusardi.
“Johannes de Witt: An Early Modern Cultural Go-Between,” “Renaissance Go-Betweens: Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe” conference, University of Munich, Germany, July 2002.
“Shakespeare’s The Tempest,” Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, November 2002.
“Self-Representation in Early Modern Alba Amicorum: The Case of Michael van Meer” (presented in absentia), SAA, New Orleans, April 2004.
“The Friendship Album in Shakespeare’s Day: New Sources of History,” “In Shakespeare’s Day: Society, Politics and Theater” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 2005.
“Early Modern Alba Amicorum,” Columbia Shakespeare Seminar, December 2005.
“An Album Illustration of Traveling Players,” SAA, Philadelphia, April 2006.
“Facing Shakespeare,” “Shakespeare In and Out” colloquium, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Madison, NJ, October 2006, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA, June 27, 2009.
“The Folio Engraving of Shakespeare Revisited: A Reconstructued Biography of the Droeshout Family,” SAA, San Diego, April 2007.
“Ben Jonson on the Continent: Two Seventeenth-Century Scribal Copies of Sejanus,” SAA, Washington, DC, April 2009.
“‘peeces and Patches of English plays’: English Actors on the Continent during Shakespeare’s Time,” American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA, January 2010.
“The Early Modern Autograph Album,” Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies, Porto, Portugal, April 2010.
“Lost and Found: Five Unknown Poems by Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke,” Friends of Skillman Library, Lafayette College, September 2010, with Paul Schlueter.
“Francis A. March: First Professor of English,” talk given at Northampton County Historical Society, 28 January 2011, with Paul Schlueter.
“Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors,” pre-production talk given at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA, 28 June and 8 July 2011.
“Dekker’s Fortunati,” paper presented at International Shakespeare Congress, Prague, 19 July 2011.
“English Actors in Germany during Shakespeare’s Time,” paper presented at SAA, Boston, 7 April 2012.
“The Album Amicorum as Life-Writing,” paper presented at SAA, Toronto, 29 March 2013.
“Beddings and Weddings in Measure for Measure and Henry VIII,” production talk given at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA, 3 and 4 August 2013.
Journal and Press Associations
Editor, Shakespeare Bulletin, 1984‑2003; Associate Editor, 1982-84, with James P. Lusardi.
Editor, Pennsylvania English, journal of The Pennsylvania College English Association, 1981‑86, with Paul Schlueter.
Associate Editor, Stages, 1984‑90.
Editorial Board, Studies in the Humanities, 1983‑2000.
Editorial Board, Studies in American Drama, 1945‑Present, 1989‑96.
Editorial consultant for Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, PMLA, Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, Thought, Mosaic; regularly evaluate manuscripts for trade and university presses.
Advisory Board, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011- .
Outside Lafayette College (selected)
Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, 2006- .
Chair, Columbia Shakespeare Seminar, 1989‑91, 2004-06, 2008-10; Executive Board, 1989‑2013; University Fellow since 1983.
Executive Board, Pennsylvania College English Association, 1981‑86.
Executive Board, Beckett Society, 1987‑90.
Board of Governors, Fairleigh Dickinson U, 1985‑88 (Vice President, 1987‑88); Presidential Alumni Advisory Committee, 1984‑89; Presidential Search Committee, 1998; Trustee, 1997-2005; Educational Affairs Committee, 1997-2005 (Vice Chair 2002-05); Executive Committee, 2004-05.
Advisory Committee, Lehigh Valley Educational Cooperative, 1988‑90.
Evaluator, Swarthmore College Honors Program: Modern Drama and American Drama, 1987; Marlboro College Honors Program: Feminist Drama, l99l, Arthur Miller, 2007.
Chair, “Her Infinite Variety: A Symposium on Women,” Fairleigh Dickinson U, June 1988 (including a half‑hour interview for New Jersey cable television).
Member of Middle States reaccreditation teams, 1987-2006.
Outside evaluator of scholarship of tenure, promotion, and Ph.D. candidates at other institutions, 1988-2007.
Executive Board, Commonwealth Partnership, 1996-98.
Speaker at President’s inauguration, Albright College, 1993; commencement, Pennsylvania State U, Wilkes-Barre, 1997; commencement, Huron U, London, 2001.
Honorary Board Member, Arthur Miller Society, 2001-08.
Copyedited several manuscripts for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and individual scholars.
Member, Modern Language Association, Shakespeare Association of America, International Shakespeare Association, Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar.
Within Lafayette College (selected)
English Department search and other committees, 1979-92.
Lafayette Chapter, AAUP, Vice President, 1986‑89.
Search Committees, Religion Department, 1987 and 1988; Foreign Language Department (German), 1987; Smith Chair, 1989.
Lectures and Drama Sub‑Committee, Joint Cultural Programs, 1987‑93.
Arts House Advisory Committee, 1987‑93.
All‑College Planning Committee, Secretary, 1987‑90.
Senior Colloquium Committee, 1987‑90; Chair, 1988‑90.
McKelvy Scholars Program Committee, 1987‑89.
Committee on Advanced Study and Research, 1988‑91; Chair, 1989‑91.
Coordinator, American Shakespeare Repertory residency, 1988; ACTER residency, 1987, 1989, 1991; Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Program, 1988, 1989, 1991; German Marshall Fund Visiting Fellow, 1990.
Curriculum Committee, 1988‑91; Chair, 1990‑91; Sub‑committee on Curricular Revision (responsible for Lafayette’s Common Course of Study), 1991, Chair.
Sub‑committee, Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee (criteria for tenure and promotion), 1989.
Theatre Advisory Committee, 1989‑93.
Provost Search Committee, Chair, 1990.
Strategic Planning Committee Chair, 2001-03.
Senior Staff; Promotion, Tenure, and Review Committee; Faculty Academic Policy Committee; Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee; Faculty Compensation Committee; Governance Committee; and others. 1993-2006.
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