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Mario DiGangi
Position: Professor of English, Lehman College
Phone: (212)-817-8353
Room Number: 4409.01
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-4:30; Wednesday 1:00-4:30; Friday by appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Columbia University
Research Interests: Feminist, materialist, and queer criticism; lesbian and gay studies; history of sexuality; early modern period, especially the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; gender and sexuality in the Renaissance; historicism in Renaissance studies.
Specialization: Affect Studies|Early Modern Literature|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory

Selected Publications:


  • Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).

  • The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Book Chapters

  • "Gender and Sexuality," Ben Jonson in Context, ed. Julie Sanders (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 339-347.

  • "Wounded alpha bad boy soldier," Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare, ed. Madhavi Menon (Duke University Press, 2010), 130-138.

  • "'A Beast So Blurred': The Monstrous Favorite in Caroline Drama," Localizing Caroline Drama: Politics and Economics of the Early Modern English Stage, 1625-1642, ed. Adam Zucker and Alan B. Farmer (Palgrave, 2006), 157-181.

  • "The Social Relations of Shakespeare's Comic Households," A Companion to Shakespeare's Works, Volume III: The Comedies, ed. Richard Dutton and Jean E. Howard (London: Blackwell, 2003): 90-113.

  • "How Queer Was the Renaissance?" Love, Sex, Intimacy, and Friendship Between Men, 1550-1800, ed. Michael O'Rourke and Katherine O'Donnell (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002): 126-145.

  • "Sex Matters," Approaches to Teaching English Renaissance Drama, ed. Karen Bamford and Alexander Leggatt (New York: Modern Language Association, 2002): 150-57.

  • "John Ford," A Companion to Renaissance Drama, ed. Arthur Kinney (London: Blackwell, 2002): 567-83.

  • "'Male Deformities': Narcissus and the Reformation of Courtly Manners in Cynthia's Revels," Ovid and the Renaissance Body, ed. Goran Stanivukovic (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001): 94-110.

  • "'My Plentie Makes Me Poor': Linguistic and Erotic Failure in The Affectionate Shepheard," The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield, ed. Kenneth Borris and George Klawitter (Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2001): 149-73.

  • "Shakespeare's Sexuality: Who Needs It?" Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English: Positions, Pedagogies, and Cultural Politics, ed. William J. Spurlin (Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English Publications, 2000): 147-67.

  • "'Love is Not (Heterosexual) Love': Historicizing Sexuality in Elizabethan Poetry," Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry, ed. Patrick Cheney and Anne Lake Prescott (New York: Modern Language Association, 2000): 173-78.

    Books Edited

  • Editor, The Winter's Tale: Texts and Contexts (Boston: Bedford-St. Martin's, 2008).

  • Editor, A Midsummer Night's Dream (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2007).

  • Editor, Romeo and Juliet (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2007).


  • "Queer Theory, Historicism, and Early Modern Sexualities," Review Essay, Criticism 48 (Winter 2006): 129-142.
  • "Sexual Slander and Working Women in The Roaring Girl," Renaissance Drama 32 (2003): 240-288.

  • "Shakespeare and Gender," Shakespearean International Yearbook 2 (2002): 272-289.

  • "Pleasure and Danger: Measuring Female Sexuality in Measure for Measure," ELH 60 (Fall 1993): 589-609. Reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism 1993 Yearbook: A Selection of the Year's Most Noteworthy Studies of William Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry 25 (1994): 23-33. Reprinted in Critical Essays on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, ed. Richard P. Wheeler (New York: G.K. Hall, 1999): 178-96.