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Charles Conaway, Ph.D.

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Dr. Charles Conaway

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Office:   OC3035

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Charles Conaway is an Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Renaissance Literature and Shakespeare. He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, in Bloomington, and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Conaway teaches courses in Shakespeare (English 451 and 453), Renaissance Literature, British Literary History (English 255), Introduction to Literature (English 105), and Rhetoric and Composition.

His research interests focus on the Afterlife of Shakespeare, including adaptations and appropriations of the plays on film, in the theater, and in popular music. He also focuses on the construction and proliferation of Shakespeare’s literary and cultural authority. He has published articles in Comparative Drama and elsewhere, and is currently at work on two book-length projects:

Shakespeare’s Shrewish Voice: Constructing Literary and Cultural Authority on the Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Stage argues that, during this period when Shakespeare was in the process of being fashioned as England’s pre-eminent poet and playwright, numerous adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew make Shakespeare speak shrewishly—that is, they sometimes nag or inadvertently trouble the very same dominant cultural attitudes that he is supposed to embody as England’s national poet.

Shakespeare and Moral Panics: Constructing Youth Cultures through Music and Film examines the ways in which various institutions, including the mainstream media, the church, and the state, sometimes rely on Shakespeare to inspire moral panics about youth subcultures—Punks, Slackers, or Goths, for example—by depicting them as “folk devils” who threaten societal values and interests. The manuscript also considers moments in which some of these “folk devils” use Shakespeare in order to respond to the attacks that are made against them. Ultimately, then, this project explores the way that Shakespeare circulates in debates about what it means to be a member, consumer, reader, viewer, or other user of popular subcultures.