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.
A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, edited by Dympna Callaghan, Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (May 23, 2016), 584pp., ISBN-13: 978-1118501269
Shakespeare in Our Time, edited by Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett, Bloomsbury (2016-02-25), 376pp., ISBN: 9781472520425
Hamlet: Language and Writing, by Dympna Callaghan, The Arden Shakespeare; 1 edition (April 23, 2015), 234pp., ASIN: B00SWZKQS6
Who Was William Shakespeare?: An Introduction to the Life and Works, by Dympna Callaghan, Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 14, 2013), 320pp., ISBN-13: 978-0470658475
The Taming of the Shrew, edited by Dympna Callaghan, W.W. Norton & Company 2009-06, 384pp., ISBN:978-0-393-92707-8
The Impact of Feminism in English Renaissance Studies, edited by Dympna Callaghan, Palgrave Macmillan; 2006 edition (December 14, 2006), 346pp., ISBN-13: 978-1403992123
Romeo and Juliet: Texts and Contexts, edited by Dympna Callaghan, Bedford/St. Martin\'s (April 28, 2003), ASIN: B00866HSBY
The Duchess of Malfi: John Webster, edited by Dympna Callaghan, Palgrave Macmillan (June 1, 2000), 225pp., ISBN-13: 978-0312228613
Shakespeare Without Women, by Dympna Callaghan, Routledge (December 18, 1999), 236pp., ISBN-13: 978-0415202329
Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects, edited by V. Traub, M.L. Kaplan, and Dympna Callaghan, Cambridge University Press (October 28, 1996), 320pp., ISBN-13: 978-0521558198
The Wayward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics, by Dympna Callaghan, Blackwell Publishers (October 20, 1994), 176pp., ISBN: 978-0-631-17798-2
Woman and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy: A Study of "King Lear", "Othello", "The Duchess of Malfi" and "The White Devil", by Dympna Callaghan, Pearson Professional Education (October 1, 1991), 192pp., ISBN-13: 978-0745010076
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.
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Scholars debate complicated relationship between science, humanities
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‘Living document’ outlines mission, strategic goals, opportunities
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“Dympna is highly deserving of this distinction. Her research in the areas of early modern literature is widely acclaimed by scholars around the world" says Provost Wheatly.
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Bell is president, CEO of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo
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Professor Dympna Callaghan commemorates 400th anniversary of Bard's death with two new books