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MemberDavid Hershinow

David Hershinow is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, intellectual history, and literary theory. He completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins and, before coming to Baruch, taught for five years as a postdoctoral lecturer in Princeton University’s Writing Program. Prof. Hershinow’s first book, Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller: Confronting the Cynic Ideal (Edinburgh UP, under contract), follows the complicated reception history of Diogenes the Cynic, whose unconventional way of life has been viewed by some as the authenticating basis for radically effective truth-telling and by others as just the opposite: proof that anything he says cannot be taken seriously. Situating the early modern preoccupation with the figure of Diogenes within the longer arc of Cynicism’s literary, philosophical, and political history, Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller argues that Shakespeare fashions a number of Cynic characters with an eye to diagnosing the confusion between literary character and ethical character that leads admirers of Diogenes to believe in the possibility of radically effective truth-telling. At Baruch, he teaches courses in Satire, Great Works of Literature, and Writing. He has published articles on Shakespeare and early modern drama in Criticism and Modern Philology.

MemberGeorgina Lucas

…Scholar of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama…

I completed my PhD in 2016 with a thesis entitled ‘The Meaning of Massacre in Renaissance Drama, 1572-1642’ at The Shakespeare Institute. Since graduating, I have held posts at leading UK universities, including the University of Nottingham, the Shakespeare Institute, and Queen’s University, Belfast. My research focuses upon two interrelated strands: the representation of mass violence on the English renaissance stage; and the intersections between Shakespeare and global atrocities from the Holocaust to 9/11. In addition to articles in Early Theatre and the Journal of the British Academy, my forthcoming monograph – Massacres in Early Modern Drama – is under contract with Manchester University Press (due 2021). The first full-length study of the conceptualization and enactment of massacres in early modern drama, the book challenges a common orthodoxy – that massacres are senseless in feeling and reason – by drawing rich, complex, and competing meanings of massacres on the early modern stage.