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September 24, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Viviana Comensoli

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3898
Fax: 519.884.8307

Academic Background
  • Professor (1986)
  • PhD (British Columbia)
  • MA (Simon Fraser)
  • BA (Simon Fraser)
Research Interests:
  • Renaissance drama and prose
  • Shakespeare
  • gender and genre studies
  • cultural materialist theory and criticism
  • Editor, Thomas Dekker: Lantern and Candlelight (1608). Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, 2007
  • Enacting Gender on the English Renaissance Stage>, co-edited with Anne Russell. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999
  • Discontinuities: New Essays on Renaissance Literature and Criticism, co-edited with Paul Stevens. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998
  • 'Household Business': Domestic Plays of Early Modern England. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997
Selected Articles:
  • "'A Kind of Music': The Representation of Cant in Early Modern Rogue Literature," Language and Otherness in Renaissance Culture: Selected and Expanded Papers from the 2006 International Conference on Early Modern Cartographies of Difference (Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris)
  • "Subjectivity, Theory, and Early Modern Drama," Early Theatre 7.2 (2004)
  • "Dekker's The Honest Whore, Part II, Drama Criticism 12 (Spring 2000)
  • "Music, The Book of the Courtier, and Othello's Soldiership," in The Italian World of English Renaissance Drama: Cultural Exchange and Intertextuality (University of Delaware Press, 1998)
  • "Merchants and Madcaps: Dekker's Honest Whore Plays and the Commedia dell'Arte," in Shakespeare's Italy: Functions of Italian Locations in Renaissance Drama (Manchester University Press, 1997)
Professional Activities:
  • "Murder at Home: Domestic Tragedy in the Renaissance," Modern Language Association of America Radio Program: What's the Word 157 (Spring 2004)