Deanne Williams

Department of English

Professor

Office: Stong College, 348A
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 44752
Emaildmw@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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Area of Specialization

English

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

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

Books

Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood. Palgrave, 2014

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

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

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

Book Chapters

“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.

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

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

“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.

“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.

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

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.

“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.

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.

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

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

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

Journal Articles

“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.

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

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Book Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN2140 6.0  Drama LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN4530 6.0  Renaissance Theatre SEMR  


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.

Area of Specialization

English

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

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

Books

Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood. Palgrave, 2014

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

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

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

Book Chapters

“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.

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

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

“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.

“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.

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

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.

“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.

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.

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

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

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

Journal Articles

“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.

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

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Book Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN2140 6.0  Drama LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN4530 6.0  Renaissance Theatre SEMR