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Dympna Callaghan

William Safire Professor of Modern Letters

Dympna Callaghan is Dean's Professor in the Humanities and works on early modern English Literature. She has held fellowships the Newberry, Folger, and Huntington Libraries, has been a British Academy Visiting Professor and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. She is an active member of the interdisciplinary Syracuse University Medieval-Renaissance group of faculty and graduate students. Her most recent book is a Norton edition of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, which emphasizes some of the hot-button issues of Shakespeare's day and of our own: gender, violence, marriage and class.

Her other books include, Shakespeare's Sonnets, Shakespeare Without Women, Woman and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Impact of Feminism in English Renaissance Studies.


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.