Susan Bennett

University Professor

English Department Profile  |  sbennett@ucalgary.ca

I am interested in how contemporary theorizing about ‘site specificity’ might open up new ways of thinking about early modern performance and I was a contributor to The Osborne Project on this topic. To continue this work, I am co-editing with Mary Polito a collection of essays provisionally titled Performing Environments (Palgrave 2013). Other recent work in the area includes an essay on space and place forthcoming in The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia.

Much of my research concerns Shakespeare and contemporary performance and I am co-editor (with Christie Carson, Royal Holloway University of London) of a volume of essays about the 2012 Globe-to-Globe Festival (Shakespeare Beyond English to be published by Cambridge UP in 2013). I am also preparing an essay about the Iraqi Theatre Company production Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad for Valerie Traub’s A Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race to be published by Oxford UP.

I have taught Shakespeare at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Graduate Supervisions

  • I am currently supervising five doctoral students, one with an early modern focus (research on “the performance of business”).

Graduate Courses Taught

  • The Field of Shakespeare Studies
  • The Performance of Race in Early Modern England