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Naomi Liebler

Professor, English

Dickson Hall 459
BA, City College of New York
MA, SUNY at Stony Brook
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
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Naomi Conn Liebler, professor and deputy chair, received her PhD from SUNY at Stony Brook. Her research interests include Shakespeare, Early Modern English Drama, World Drama, Literary Theory, Tragedy, Renaissance Literature, Literature and Anthropology, Literature of Age and Aging. She teaches courses including Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances, Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories, American Drama, Ancient Tragedy, and Art of Drama. Her books include Early Modern Prose Fiction: The Politics of Reading (Routledge 2007), The Female Tragic Hero in Renaissance English Drama (Palgrave, 2002), Tragedy: A Critical Reader, co-ed. with J. Drakakis (Longmans, 1998), and Shakespeare’s Festive Tragedy: The Ritual Foundations of Genre (Routledge, 1995). Her current research project, tentatively titled Shakespearean Gerontology, is a study of representations of old age by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Professor Liebler is a University Distinguished Scholar and the recipient of the Townsend Harris Medal for Lifetime Achievement from City College of the City University of New York Alumni Association. Her most recent publications include an essay on the experience of teaching Shakespeare's plays in a diverse setting such as Montclair State, in How and Why We Teach Shakespeare: College Teachers and Directors Share How They Explore the Playwright’s Works with Their Students, ed. Sidney Homan (Routledge, 2019), and the edited collection The Cultural History of Tragedy, 3: The Early Modern Age (Bloomsbury 2019).


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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Research Projects

The Cultural History of Tragedy, Volume 3: Renaissance/Early Modern (under contract, Bloomsbury/Methuen; due 2018)

Volume convenor and editor.

Shakespeare's Geezers: Negotiations of old age in the plays of Shakespeare

in progress