Eastern Michigan University
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Craig Dionne

Professor of Literature

Craig Dionne 612H Pray-Harrold




Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Theory, Carnegie Mellon University

Sabbatical June 2014 through June 2015: visiting researcher Keio University, Tokyo.

Interests and Expertise

Shakespeare, English Renaissance Literature, Literary and Cultural Theory. Research interests: Shakespeare and eco-criticism, posthumanist theory, Global Shakespeare, theater in early modern urban culture and history of the discipline.


  • Studies in Shakespeare
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean Literature
  • Posthumanism Theory and Literature
  • Shakespeare in London Study Abroad
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Science Fiction
  • Bastards, Rogues and Thieves: Underworld Literature

Recent Publications and Presentations

Current project: Shakespeare’s Instincts: Ethology and Geological Time in the Early Modern Imagination.  This book explores Shakespeare’s humanist aesthetics in the context of posthumanist and ecocritical theory.   

 Keynote address, "Evolutionary Psychology and Memory in William Shakespeare’s King Lear.” Interdisciplinary Conference on  Memory, Wayne State University, October 26-27, 2017.

Posthuman Lear:  Reading Shakespeare in the Anthropocene.  Punctum Books, 2016. 

Bollywood Shakespeare . Eds, Craig Dionne and Parmita Kapadia. Palgrave, 2014.

Native Shakespeares: Indigenous Appropriations on a Global Stage , Eds. Craig Dionne and Parmita Kapadia, Ashgate Press, 2008. 

Rogues and Early Modern Literary Culture . Eds. Craig Dionne and Steve Mentz. Ann Arbor: University Michigan Press, 2004. 

Disciplining English . Eds. Craig Dionne and David Shumway. Albany: SUNY University Press. 2002.

"When Did We Become Post/human?" Co-editor. Inaugural issue: postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies.  

"Shakespeare, the Swing Voter.” Afterword. Shakespeare and the 99%, Eds. Sharon O’Dair and Timothy Francisco. Forthcoming Routledge Press, 2019. 

Shakespeare in the Anthropocene. Eds. Craig Dionne and Lowell Duckert, Special Issue of Early Modern Culture Journal vol. 13.1 (2018) (https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/emc/vol13/iss1/)

“The Trick of Singularity: Twelfth Night, Stewards of the Post-Human, and the Problem of Aesthetics.” Fragments Toward a Vanishing Humanism , Eds. Eileen Joy. and Myra J. Seaman, Ohio State University Press, 2016.

"Playing It Accordingly: Parolles and Shakespeare's Knee-crooking Knaves," All's Well That Ends Well: New Critical Essays.  Ed. Gary Waller, Routledge Press, November 2005.

“’Now For the Lord’s Sake’: Vagrancy, Downward Mobility, and Low Aesthetics.” Early Modern Culture: An Online Seminar. Issue 7, 2009. Special Issue: Vagrant Subjects

"Period-Making and the Renaissance." Disciplining English; Alternative Histories, Critical Perspectives. Eds. Craig Dionne and David Shumway. SUNY University Press. Albany: SUNY University Press. 2002.

“The Shatnerification of Shakespeare: Star Trek and the Commonplace Tradition.” In Shakespeare After Mass Culture: A Cultural Studies Reader . Ed. Richard Burt. New York: Palgrave, 2002