English Department


Faculty: Mario DiGiangi

engdigangiSince joining the English Department in 1998, Mario DiGangi has published two monographs and over a dozen articles, and has edited editions of three Shakespeare plays (The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He has remained at the forefront of the ever-changing world of Shakespeare scholarship, while at the same time broadening his perspective to include questions of queer theory and class distinctions, and extending his chronological range into the mid-seventeenth century. These strengths are all evident in the book he published in 2011, Sexual Types, which examines six different character types as they appear in early modern English drama: the sodomite, the lesbian, the narcissistic courtier, the citizen wife, the bawd, and the court favorite. For his most recent book, Dr. DiGangi received the 2012 Lehman College Distinguished Scholarship Award.

Academic Interests

Feminist, materialist, and queer criticism; lesbian and gay studies; history of sexuality; early modern period, especially the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; gender and sexuality in the Renaissance; historicism in Renaissance studies.


  • Digangi, Mario. Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character fromShakespeare to Shirley. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
  • The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).


  • The Winter's Tale: Texts and Contexts (Boston: Bedford-St. Martin's, 2008).
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2007).
  • Romeo and Juliet (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2007).


  • "'A Beast So Blurred': The Monstrous Favorite in Caroline Drama," Localizing Caroline Drama: Politics and Economics of the Early Modern English Stage, 1625-1642, ed. Adam Zucker and Alan B. Farmer (Palgrave, 2006), 157-181.
  • "Sexual Slander and Working Women in The Roaring Girl," Renaissance Drama 32 (2003): 240-288.
  • "The Social Relations of Shakespeare's Comic Households," A Companion to Shakespeare's Works, Volume III: The Comedies, ed. Richard Dutton and Jean E. Howard (London: Blackwell, 2003): 90-113.
  • "How Queer Was the Renaissance?" Love, Sex, Intimacy, and Friendship Between Men, 1550-1800, ed. Michael O'Rourke and Katherine O'Donnell (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002): 126-145.
  • "Sex Matters," Approaches to Teaching English Renaissance Drama, ed. Karen Bamford and Alexander Leggatt (New York: Modern Language Association, 2002): 150-57.
  • "Shakespeare and Gender," Shakespearean International Yearbook 2 (2002): 272-289.
  • "John Ford," A Companion to Renaissance Drama, ed. Arthur Kinney (London: Blackwell, 2002): 567-83.
  • "'Male Deformities': Narcissus and the Reformation of Courtly Manners in Cynthia's Revels," Ovid and the Renaissance Body, ed. Goran Stanivukovic (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001): 94-110.
  • "'My Plentie Makes Me Poor': Linguistic and Erotic Failure in The Affectionate Shepheard," The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield, ed. Kenneth Borris and George Klawitter (Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2001): 149-73.
  • "Shakespeare's Sexuality: Who Needs It?" Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English: Positions, Pedagogies, and Cultural Politics, ed. William J. Spurlin (Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English Publications, 2000): 147-67.
  • "'Love is Not (Heterosexual) Love': Historicizing Sexuality in Elizabethan Poetry," Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry, ed. Patrick Cheney and Anne Lake Prescott (New York: Modern Language Association, 2000): 173-78.
  • "Pleasure and Danger: Measuring Female Sexuality in Measure for Measure," ELH 60 (Fall 1993): 589-609. Reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism 1993 Yearbook: A Selection of the Year's Most Noteworthy Studies of William Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry 25 (1994): 23-33. Reprinted in Critical Essays on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, ed. Richard P. Wheeler (New York: G.K. Hall, 1999): 178-96.

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