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Richard McCoy
Position: Distinguished Professor, Queens College. English.
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: 212-817-8332
Office Hours: Fridays by appointment. Contact by email.
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley.
Research Interests: Late medieval and early modern periods; 16th- and 17th-century English literature; Skelton, More, Sidney, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton; Renaissance and Reformation politics, religion, and culture; ritual and iconography; new historicism and cultural poetics.
Chronological Period Specialization: Renaissance/Early Modern Literature|Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature


Selected Publications:

  • Faith in Shakespeare, Oxford University Press, 2013. Countering the "religious turn" in early modern studies, this book examines the paradoxical power of "poetic faith" in theater's potent but manifest illusions.
  • Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. A study of Skelton, Shakespeare, Milton, and Marvell ranging from the beginnings of the Tudor dynasty to the Glorious Revolution. Honorable Mention, Association of American Scholars, Scholarly Publishing Division Awards.
  • "Church and State in the New World," in The World of 1607 (Jamestown Centenary catalogue), ed. David Armitage (forthcoming).

  • "'The Grace of Grace' and Double-Talk in Macbeth. Shakespeare Survey 57 (2004): 27-37.

  • "Shakespearean Tragedy and Religious Identity." The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare's Tragedies. Ed. Jean Howard and Richard Dutton. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. 290-325.

  • "Shakespeare and Kingship." Guide to the Season's Plays. Washington, D.C.: The Shakespeare Theatre, 2003. 8-12.

  • "'Look Upon Me Sir': Relationships in King Lear. Representations 81 (2003):46-60.

  • "A Wedding and Four Funerals: Conjunction and Commemoration in Hamlet." Shakespeare Survey 54 (2001): 122-39.

Work in Progress:

  • Performative Grace in Shakespeare's Plays. A study of links between Reformation liturgical theology and contemporary performance theory in early modern drama.