E-mail Address: email@example.com
Phone Number: 718-960-8361
Office: Carman Hall, Room 395
Office Hours: Not teaching this semester
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Vanderbilt University; M. A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
The literature and culture of early modern England; the history of gender, sexuality, and race; early modern cultural studies.
Professor Fisher is currently working on two different book-length projects: the first is a book about sexual practices in early modern English culture (with chapters on kissing, chinchucking, intercrural sex, cunnilingus, the use of dildos, and flogging), and the second is a book about "bisexuality" and notions of sexual orientation.
- Fisher, W. (2012). The erotics of Chin-Chucking in seventeenth-century England. In W. Stockton & J. M. Bromley (Eds.), Sex before sex: Figuring the act in early modern literature (pp. 141-171). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
- “’Had it a codpiece, ‘twere a man indeed’: the codpiece as constitutive accessory in early modern English culture,” in Ornamentalism: The Art of Accessorizing in the Renaissance, edited by Bella Mirabella (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011), 102-129.
- Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture, Cambridge University Press (2006). Winner of Best Book Award of 2006 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
- "Peaches and Figs: ‘Bisexual’ Eroticism in Bronzino’s Venus and Cupid Paintings and Burlesque Poetry,” Sex Acts in Early Modern Italy: Practice, Performance, Perversion, Punishment, ed. Allison Levy (Ashgate, 2010): 151-164.
- “Home Alone: The Place of Women’s Homoerotic Desire in Shakespeare's As You Like It,” Feminisms and Early Modern Texts: Essays for Phyllis Rackin, ed. Rebecca Bach and Gwynne A. Kennedy (Susquehanna University Press, 2010): 99-118.
- Fisher, W. (2009). A hundred years of queering the renaissance. In V. Nardizzi, S. Guy-Bray, & W. Stockton (Eds.), Queer renaissance historiography: Backwards gaze (pp. 13-40). New York: Ashgate.
- Fisher, W. (2009). Pesche e fichi: Erotismo ‘bisessuale’ nei dipinti e nella poesia burlesca del Bronzino. In A. Levy (Ed.), Sessonel rinascimento: Pratica, perversione e punizione nell’Italia rinascimentale. Florence: Casa Editrice le Lettere.
- "The Sexual Politics of Victorian Historiographic Writing about 'the Renaissance,'" GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, 14:1 (2007): 41-67.
- "The Renaissance Beard: Masculinity in early modern England and Europe,"Renaissance Quarterly, 54:1 (2001): 155-87.
- "Handkerchiefs and Early Modern Ideologies of Gender," Shakespeare Studies, 28 (2000): 191-99.
- "Queer Money," English Literary History 66 (1999): 1-23.
- "Gabrielle's New Clothes: Cultural Valuations and Evaluations of Gabrielle d'Estrees et une de ses soeurs," Textual Practice 12:3 (1998): 251-67.