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Naomi Conn Liebler, professor and deputy chair, received her PhD from Stony Brook University. Her research interests include Shakespeare, other Early Modern English Drama, Modern American and World Drama, Literary Theory, especially theories of Tragedy and of anthropological approaches to theater, Shakespeare on Film, Teaching Shakespeare, and the Literature of Age and Aging. She teaches courses in Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances, Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories, American Drama, Ancient Tragedy, and Art of Drama. Published work includes curated collections: A Cultural History of Tragedy in the Early Modern Age (Bloomsbury, 2019), Early Modern Prose Fiction: The Cultural Politics of Reading (Routledge, 2007), The Female Tragic Hero in Renaissance English Drama (Palgrave, 2002), Tragedy: A Critical Reader, with J. Drakakis (Longmans, 1998), and nearly 40 published articles and essays. She is the author of Shakespeare’s Festive Tragedy: The Ritual Foundations of Genre (Routledge, 1995). Professor Liebler was named a University Distinguished Scholar (1990), and a recipient of the Townsend Harris Medal for Lifetime Achievement from City College of the City University of New York Alumni Association (2017). Her most recent publications include an invited essay on the experience of teaching Shakespeare in a diverse setting such as Montclair State University (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). She is working on her next monograph, a study of old age in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
NOTE: ON RESEARCH LEAVE IN THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER
Shakespeare's plays have been (and remain) the focus of my study, my teaching, and my writing. Most of that work has been the study of tragedy by Shakespeare and his contemporaries (though the comedies and history plays get due attention as well). Because the real subject of drama is how human beings relate to each other in communities, anthropological theory informs much of my study. My current research is on the sociology and anthropology of old age in Shakespeare and other early drama. I am also keenly interested in classical Greek and Roman tragedy, and in modern drama--in America (Albee, Miller, O'Neill, Wilson, Nottage), and in the wider world (Artaud, Brecht, Chikamatsu, Soyinka).
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Shakespearean Gerontology: Negotiations of old age in the plays of Shakespeare