Cristina León Alfar is Associate Professor of Shakespeare, late 16th and early 17th century English Drama, and Women’s and Gender studies at Hunter College, CUNY. Most recently, she is the author of Women and Shakespeare’s Cuckoldry Plays: Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal,
Routledge, 2017. She is also an Editor, with Helen Ostovich, of the series “Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture,
” for Medieval Institute Publications — The University Press at Kalamazoo. Her research and teaching interests include, Shakespeare, Early Modern English Drama, Gender Studies, Sexuality, Political History, History of Women, Marriage Law, Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech.
EducationPhD, English, University of Washington, 1997
BA, MA, English, California State University, Fresno, 1987, 1991
— Acting, Theater Production, Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, 1981-83
Work Shared in CORE
Women and Shakespeare’s Cuckoldry Plays: Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal,
Routledge, 2017. “Women and Gender in the Early Modern World.”
Fantasies of Female Evil: The Dynamics of Gender and Power in Shakespearean Tragedy
. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2003. (Available on Google Play Books and Questia, a library subscription service.)
“‘Let’s Consult together’: Women’s Agency and the Gossip Network in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
” Solicited for publication in The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays.
Eds. Phyllis Rackin and Evelyn Gajowski. New York: Routledge, 2015. 38-50.
“‘Proceed in Justice’: Narratives of Marital Betrayal in The Winter’s Tale.”
Solicited for publication in Justice, Women and Power in English Renaissance Drama,
Edited by Andrew J. Majeske and Emily Detmer-Goebel. Madison and Teaneck, N.J.: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2009. 46-65.
“Elizabeth Cary’s Female Trinity: Breaking Custom with Mosaic Law in The Tragedy of Mariam.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal,
Volume 3, (2008): 61-103.
“Looking for Goneril and Regan.” Privacy, Domesticity and Women in Early Modern England,
ed. Corinne Abate. Aldershot, Hampshire, UK: Ashgate, 2003. 167-198.
“‘Blood Will Have Blood’: Power, Performance, and Lady Macbeth’s Gender Trouble.” Jx: A Journal in Culture and Criticism.
2.2 (1998): 179-207.
“King Lear’s ‘Immoral’ Daughters and the Politics of Kingship.” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
8.2 (1996): 375-400.
“Staging the Feminine Performance of Desire: Masochism in The Maid’s Tragedy
.” Papers on Language and Literature
. 31.3 (1995): 313-333.
Series Editor, with Helen Ostovich, “Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture.
” Medieval Institute Publications — MIP — The University Press at Kalamazoo.
ProjectsThe Selected Correspondence of Elizabeth and Anthony Bourne, under contract, Routledge. “The Early Modern Englishwoman in Print, 1500-1750: Contemporary Editions.” Co-Editor with Emily Sherwood (Bucknell University).
Upcoming Talks and Conferences
“Ravishing (In)Justice: Parrēsia and the Aims of (Feminine) Citizenship in King Henry VIII and The White Devil.” For a Seminar, “Foucault Beyond New Historicism,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, March 2018.
MLA 2018, Session 771, “Flourishing in Difficult Times.”
Panelists discuss institutions working to protect academic freedom, faculty governance, and professional rights through projects that nourish the university community and foster collaboration in this difficult political climate. Central to the conversation are service, union organizing, mentoring of faculty members and graduate students, and proactive actions taken to protect students and faculty members.
Sunday, January 07, 2018, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM, Hilton, Gibson. Presider, Cristina León Alfar, Hunter C, City U of New York.
MembershipsMLA, SAA, RSA, IAUPE, SSEMW