Mario DiGangi

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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, sexuality and race in the Renaissance
  • historicism in Renaissance studies.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University


Professor Mario DiGangi specializes in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, and embodiment. He is the author of two books, The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (Cambridge, 1997) and Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley (Pennsylvania, 2011). He is the editor, with Amanda Bailey, of Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, Form (Palgrave, 2017). He has edited three plays of Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale (Bedford), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barnes&Noble) and Romeo and Juliet (Barnes&Noble).  His recent work (in A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, 2nd ed. and Women, Sex and Gender in the Early Modern Anglophone World) develops his long-standing commitment to feminist scholarship.  His current projects address intersectionality (particularly of race and sexuality) in early modern English literature and criticism.

In addition to his work on Shakespeare, he has published widely on early modern writers, including Christopher Marlowe (in Marlowe, History, and Sexuality), Ben Jonson (in Ben Jonson in Context), John Ford (in A Companion to Renaissance Drama), and Richard Barnfield (in The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield), and Lodowick Carlell (in ELR).  He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, UCLA, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), the University of Texas (Austin), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the editorial board of the Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia, Renaissance Drama, and Strode Studies in Early Modern Literature and Culture. He served as the President of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2016.

Prof. DiGangi has been a member of the Ph.D. Program in English since 2001 and the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program since 2009. At the Graduate Center he has taught courses including “History, Theory, and Early Modern Sexualities,” “Affective Politics in the Elizabethan History Play,” and “Marlowe and His Contemporaries,” and “Early Modern Embodiment: Race, Gender, and Sexuality.”

REcent courses:

  • Alternative Families in Early Modern England (Fall 2023)
  • Job Search Workshop (Spring 2023)
  • Queering the Renaissance, 2022 (Fall 2022)
  • Early Modern Embodiment: Race, Gender, and Sexuality (Fall 2021)
  • Alternative Families in Early Modern England (Spring 2021)
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