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Dympna Callaghan

Dympna Callaghan

William Safire Professor of Modern Letters

435 Hall of Languages


Dympna Callaghan is William L. Safire Professor of Modern Letters in the Department of English at Syracuse University.  She has published widely on the playwrights and poets of the English Renaissance and was President of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2012-13. Callaghan has held fellowships at the Folger, Huntington and Newberry Libraries, at the Getty Research Centre in Los Angeles, and at the Bogliasco Center for Arts and Humanities in Liguria, Italy. She is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and she was appointed Lloyd David distinguished fellow at the University of Queensland Australia for 2015. Her most recent books are Who Was William Shakespeare? (2013), Hamlet: Language and Writing (2015), and A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, Second Edition (2016). She is the editor of the book series Arden Language and Writing, and co-editor, with Michael Dobson of the Palgrave Shakespeare monograph series.

She also recently co-edited, with Suzanne Gossett, the volume Shakespeare in Our Time (2016), prepared on behalf of the Shakespeare Association of America to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Among other current projects, she is writing about the relationship between poetic fluency and freedom of speech.

Areas of Supervision

Professor Callaghan has mentored students whose work includes 18th Century depictions of Ireland and the Irish; women, theatre, and nascent capitalism in the interregnum; race and colonialism in early modern drama; illiteracy and the early modern stage; and women and magic.