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Deanne Williams

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Department of English

Professor

Office: Atkinson Building, 708
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 44752
Email: dmw@yorku.ca


Deanne Williams's research focuses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare. She is the author of The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book in literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. She is co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir, of Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures (Cambridge, 2005), and, with Kaara L. Peterson, of The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave, 2012). She has also published articles on a wide range of topics, including Shakespeare adaptations, the history of feminist scholarship, and the reception of classical and medieval literature in the Renaissance. In 2003, she won the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, and she has received research fellowships from Trinity College, Cambridge, Clare Hall, Cambridge, the Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her new book, entitled Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood, was just published by Palgrave. In 2014 she won a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant for her new project, Girls and their Books in Early Modern England.

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Degrees

Ph.D. English Literature, Stanford University
M.Phil. Medieval English Literature, Oxford University
B.A. English Literature and Religious Studies, University of Toronto

Research Interests

, Medieval Literature, Girlhood Studies, Children's Literature,, Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Theatre History, History of Book, English

Current Research Projects


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Girls and their Books in Early Modern England

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    New book project

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Childhood, Education, and the Stage in Shakespeare's England

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    co-edited collection of essays with Richard Preiss, University of Utah

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Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare

    Description:

    special issue entitled Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare for the award-winning peer-reviewed online journal, Borrowers and Lenders

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Books

Publication
Year

Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood. Palgrave, 2014

2014

The Afterlife of Ophelia. Co-editor, with Kaara Peterson. Palgrave, 2012.

2012

The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Cambridge University Press, 2004. Paperback, 2006.

2006

Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

2005

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Isabelle de France: Child Bride” The Perilous Narrow Ocean: French Connections in the Renaissance ed. Hassan Melehy and Catherine Gimelli Martin. Ashgate, 2013. pp. 27-50.

2013

“Enter Ofelia Playing on a Lute.” The Afterlife of Ophelia. Palgrave, 2012. pp. 119-137.

2012

“Medievalism in English Renaissance Literature.” in A Companion to Tudor Literature ed. Kent Cartwright. (Blackwell, 2010) : 213-228.

2010

“Boethius Our Contemporary: The Consolatio in Medieval and Early Modern England.” in The Erotics of Consolation ed. Catherine Léglu and Steve Milner. Palgrave, 2008: 205-226.

2008

“Roussillon and Retrospection in All’s Well That Ends Well. ” in Representing France in the English Renaissance ed. Jean-Christophe Meyer. University of Delaware Press, 2008: 171-192.

2008

“Elizabeth I: Size Matters.” Goddesses and Queens: The Iconography of Elizabeth I ed. Lisa Hopkins and Annaliese Connolly. Manchester University Press, 2007: 69-80.

2007

Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay and the Rhetoric of Temporality.” Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England ed. David Matthews and Gordon McMullan. Cambridge University Press, 2007: 31-50.

2007

“No Man’s Elizabeth: Frances Yates and the History of History.” The Impact of Feminism on Renaissance Scholarship ed. Dympna Callaghan. Palgrave, 2007: 238-58.

2007

All’s Well That Ends Well and the Art of Retrograde Motion.” All’s Well That Ends Well: New Critical Essays ed. Gary Waller. Routledge, 2006: 152-170.

2006

“Gower’s Monster.” Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Cambridge University Press, 2005: 127-50.

2005

“The Dream Visions.” Yale Companion to Chaucer ed. Seth Lerer. Yale University Press, 2005: 147-78.

2005

“Introduction: A Return to Wonder” co-authored with Ananya Kabir. Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures: 1-24.

2004

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Chaucer: Contemporary Approaches ed. Susanna Fein and David Raybin. Penn State University Press, 2009. Speculum 87 (2012): 1191-2.

2012

Shakespeare and the Middle Ages ed. Curtis Perry and John Watkins (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). Renaissance Quarterly 63:2 (Summer 2010): 701-3.

2010

Renaissance Medievalisms. Ed. Konrad Eisenbichler. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2009. Renaissance Quarterly 62:4 (Winter, 2009).

2009

Alfred Thomas, A Blessed Shore. England and Bohemia from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2007). Renaissance Quarterly 61 (Spring, 2008): 659-660.

2008

Jane Griffiths, John Skelton and Poetic Authority (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). Speculum 83 (Spring, 2008): 440-441.

2008

Richard Helgerson, Joachim du Bellay (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Reformation 12 (2007): 220-222

2007

Roland Greene, Unrequited Conquests: Love and Empire in the Colonial Americas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004). Sidney Journal vol. 18 no. 2. (2001) : 89-93.

2004

Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (New York: Norton, 2004). The National Post, October 23, 2004.

2004

Edward Berry, The Making of Sir Philip Sidney (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998). Sidney Journal vol. 17 no. 2 (2000): 91-2.

2000

Georgiana Donavin, Incest Narratives and the Structure of Gower’s Confessio Amantis (English Literary Studies Monograph no. 56. Victoria, BC, 1993) Notes and Queries vol. 42 no. 3 (1995): 84.

1995

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“What Shakespeare Did to Chaucer: Books and Bodkins in Hamlet and The Tempest.” co-authored with Seth Lerer. Shakespeare. Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 8 (2012): 1-13.

2012

“Shakespearean Medievalism and the Limits of Periodization in Cymbeline.” Literature Compass 8/6 (2011): 390–403.

2011

“Rudyard Kipling and the Norman Conquest.” Ariel 39.3 (2008): 107-124.

2008

“Rohinton Mistry’s Family Shakespeare.” in Borrowers and Lenders, the Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 2 vol. 2 (Fall/Winter 2007). Award-winning peer-reviewed online journal.

2007

“Dido Queen of England.” ELH 71 (Spring, 2006): 31-59.

2006

“Hope Emily Allen Speaks with the Dead.” Leeds Studies in English 35 (2004): 137-160.

2004

“Mick Jagger Macbeth.” Shakespeare Survey 57 (2004): 145-68.

2004

“Papa Don’t Preach: The Power of Prolixity in Pericles.” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 71 no. 2 (Spring, 2002): 595-622.

2002

“Herod’s Cities: Cesaria and Sebaste in Twelfth Night.” Notes and Queries vol. 48 no. 3 (Fall, 2001): 276-8.

2001

“Mary Tudor’s French Tutors: Renaissance Dictionaries and the Language of Love.” Dictionaries vol. 21 (2000): 37-51.

2000

“‘Will you go, Anheers?’ The Merry Wives of Windsor, II. i. 209.” Notes and Queries vol. 46 no. 2 (Spring, 1999): 233-234.

1999

The Merry Wives of Windsor and the French-English Dictionary.” Le Shakespeare français: sa langue/ The French Shakespeare. His Language. ALFA: Actes de langue française et de linguistique vol. 10. (1998) : 233-243.

1998


Deanne Williams's research focuses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare. She is the author of The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book in literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. She is co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir, of Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures (Cambridge, 2005), and, with Kaara L. Peterson, of The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave, 2012). She has also published articles on a wide range of topics, including Shakespeare adaptations, the history of feminist scholarship, and the reception of classical and medieval literature in the Renaissance. In 2003, she won the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, and she has received research fellowships from Trinity College, Cambridge, Clare Hall, Cambridge, the Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her new book, entitled Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood, was just published by Palgrave. In 2014 she won a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant for her new project, Girls and their Books in Early Modern England.

Degrees

Ph.D. English Literature, Stanford University
M.Phil. Medieval English Literature, Oxford University
B.A. English Literature and Religious Studies, University of Toronto

Research Interests

, Medieval Literature, Girlhood Studies, Children's Literature,, Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Theatre History, History of Book, English

Current Research Projects


Girls and their Books in Early Modern England

    Description:

    New book project

Childhood, Education, and the Stage in Shakespeare's England

    Description:

    co-edited collection of essays with Richard Preiss, University of Utah

Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare

    Description:

    special issue entitled Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare for the award-winning peer-reviewed online journal, Borrowers and Lenders

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Isabelle de France: Child Bride” The Perilous Narrow Ocean: French Connections in the Renaissance ed. Hassan Melehy and Catherine Gimelli Martin. Ashgate, 2013. pp. 27-50.

2013

“Enter Ofelia Playing on a Lute.” The Afterlife of Ophelia. Palgrave, 2012. pp. 119-137.

2012

“Medievalism in English Renaissance Literature.” in A Companion to Tudor Literature ed. Kent Cartwright. (Blackwell, 2010) : 213-228.

2010

“Boethius Our Contemporary: The Consolatio in Medieval and Early Modern England.” in The Erotics of Consolation ed. Catherine Léglu and Steve Milner. Palgrave, 2008: 205-226.

2008

“Roussillon and Retrospection in All’s Well That Ends Well. ” in Representing France in the English Renaissance ed. Jean-Christophe Meyer. University of Delaware Press, 2008: 171-192.

2008

“Elizabeth I: Size Matters.” Goddesses and Queens: The Iconography of Elizabeth I ed. Lisa Hopkins and Annaliese Connolly. Manchester University Press, 2007: 69-80.

2007

Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay and the Rhetoric of Temporality.” Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England ed. David Matthews and Gordon McMullan. Cambridge University Press, 2007: 31-50.

2007

“No Man’s Elizabeth: Frances Yates and the History of History.” The Impact of Feminism on Renaissance Scholarship ed. Dympna Callaghan. Palgrave, 2007: 238-58.

2007

All’s Well That Ends Well and the Art of Retrograde Motion.” All’s Well That Ends Well: New Critical Essays ed. Gary Waller. Routledge, 2006: 152-170.

2006

“Gower’s Monster.” Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Cambridge University Press, 2005: 127-50.

2005

“The Dream Visions.” Yale Companion to Chaucer ed. Seth Lerer. Yale University Press, 2005: 147-78.

2005

“Introduction: A Return to Wonder” co-authored with Ananya Kabir. Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures: 1-24.

2004

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Chaucer: Contemporary Approaches ed. Susanna Fein and David Raybin. Penn State University Press, 2009. Speculum 87 (2012): 1191-2.

2012

Shakespeare and the Middle Ages ed. Curtis Perry and John Watkins (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). Renaissance Quarterly 63:2 (Summer 2010): 701-3.

2010

Renaissance Medievalisms. Ed. Konrad Eisenbichler. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2009. Renaissance Quarterly 62:4 (Winter, 2009).

2009

Alfred Thomas, A Blessed Shore. England and Bohemia from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2007). Renaissance Quarterly 61 (Spring, 2008): 659-660.

2008

Jane Griffiths, John Skelton and Poetic Authority (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). Speculum 83 (Spring, 2008): 440-441.

2008

Richard Helgerson, Joachim du Bellay (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Reformation 12 (2007): 220-222

2007

Roland Greene, Unrequited Conquests: Love and Empire in the Colonial Americas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004). Sidney Journal vol. 18 no. 2. (2001) : 89-93.

2004

Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (New York: Norton, 2004). The National Post, October 23, 2004.

2004

Edward Berry, The Making of Sir Philip Sidney (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998). Sidney Journal vol. 17 no. 2 (2000): 91-2.

2000

Georgiana Donavin, Incest Narratives and the Structure of Gower’s Confessio Amantis (English Literary Studies Monograph no. 56. Victoria, BC, 1993) Notes and Queries vol. 42 no. 3 (1995): 84.

1995

Books

Publication
Year

Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood. Palgrave, 2014

2014

The Afterlife of Ophelia. Co-editor, with Kaara Peterson. Palgrave, 2012.

2012

The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Cambridge University Press, 2004. Paperback, 2006.

2006

Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

2005

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“What Shakespeare Did to Chaucer: Books and Bodkins in Hamlet and The Tempest.” co-authored with Seth Lerer. Shakespeare. Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 8 (2012): 1-13.

2012

“Shakespearean Medievalism and the Limits of Periodization in Cymbeline.” Literature Compass 8/6 (2011): 390–403.

2011

“Rudyard Kipling and the Norman Conquest.” Ariel 39.3 (2008): 107-124.

2008

“Rohinton Mistry’s Family Shakespeare.” in Borrowers and Lenders, the Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 2 vol. 2 (Fall/Winter 2007). Award-winning peer-reviewed online journal.

2007

“Dido Queen of England.” ELH 71 (Spring, 2006): 31-59.

2006

“Hope Emily Allen Speaks with the Dead.” Leeds Studies in English 35 (2004): 137-160.

2004

“Mick Jagger Macbeth.” Shakespeare Survey 57 (2004): 145-68.

2004

“Papa Don’t Preach: The Power of Prolixity in Pericles.” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 71 no. 2 (Spring, 2002): 595-622.

2002

“Herod’s Cities: Cesaria and Sebaste in Twelfth Night.” Notes and Queries vol. 48 no. 3 (Fall, 2001): 276-8.

2001

“Mary Tudor’s French Tutors: Renaissance Dictionaries and the Language of Love.” Dictionaries vol. 21 (2000): 37-51.

2000

“‘Will you go, Anheers?’ The Merry Wives of Windsor, II. i. 209.” Notes and Queries vol. 46 no. 2 (Spring, 1999): 233-234.

1999

The Merry Wives of Windsor and the French-English Dictionary.” Le Shakespeare français: sa langue/ The French Shakespeare. His Language. ALFA: Actes de langue française et de linguistique vol. 10. (1998) : 233-243.

1998