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Sharon O'Dair is Hudson Strode Professor of English and the Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. She grew up in southern California in a city adjacent to Disneyland and completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley.


“Shakespeareans in the Tempest: Lives and Afterlives of Katrina.”  A special issue of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, 2010.

Class, Critics, and Shakespeare: Bottom Lines on the Culture Wars. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.
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The Production of English Renaissance Culture. With D. L. Miller and H. Weber. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1994.

Articles and Essays

“Afterword.”  Ground-Work: Soil Science in Renaissance Literature.  Ed. Hillary Eklund. Duquesne UP, forthcoming 2017.

"Muddy Thinking.”  Elemental Ecocriticism. Eds Jeffrey J. Cohen and Lowell Duckert. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, forthcoming, 2015.  

“Running with Mary; or, Against the Agon.”  In the Middle (November 2, 2015):

“Cursing the Queer Family:  Shakespeare, Psychoanalysis, and My Own Private Idaho.” Shakespeare: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Ed. Kevin Wetmore and Adam Hansen. New York: Palgrave, 2015. 130-141.

"Dirty South," Keep It Dirty (December 10, 2014):

“I Was So Right About That:  Social Class and the Academy,” Rhizome 27 (2014);

“Goffman v. Hamlet: On the Theatrical Metaphor,” The Hare (August 2014):

"All’s Well That Ends Orwell". Digital Shakespeare: Redefining Scholarship and Practice. Ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014. 115-125.

“Tragedy’s Honor, and Ours.” Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances, ed. Martin Prochazca, Michael Dobson, Andreas Hofele, and Hanna Scolnicov. Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress. Newark: U Delaware P, 2013. 306-313

"Water love." postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 4. (Spring 2013): 55-67.

“Saving Tenure, or Helping to Kill it?:  A Few Words about ‘Publish, then Filter’.”  A Forum on Open Review. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies  (2012):

“‘Pretty much how the Internet works’; or, Aiding and Abetting the Deprofessionalization of  Shakespeare Studies.” Shakespeare Survey 64. Ed. Peter Holland.  Cambridge UP, 2011. 83-96.

“‘To fright the animals and to kill them up’: Shakespeare and Ecology.”  Forum: Shakespeare and Ecology.  Shakespeare Studies 39.  Ed. Susan Zimmerman and Garrett Sullivan. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2011. 74-83.

“Is it Ecocriticism if It Is Not Presentist?”  Ecocritical Shakespeare. Ed. Lynne Bruckner and Daniel Brayton.  Burlington, VT:  Ashgate, 2011. 71-85.

“Superserviceable Subordinates, Universal Access, and Prestige-Driven Research.” Over Ten Million Served: Gender, Service, and Academic Workplaces. Ed. Katie Hogan and Michelle Massé. SUNY Press.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2010. 35-53.

“Conduct (Un)Becoming or, Playing the Warrior in Macbeth.” Shakespeare’s Moral Agents, Ed. Michael D. Bristol. London: Continuum, 2010. 71-85.

“Clueless about Class in Academe.”  symploke 17 1-2 (2009): 27-39.

“‘Working My Way Back to You’: Shakespeare and Labor.”  Selected Papers of The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, Volume 2, 2008.  (2009, 43-63).

“Laboring in Anonymity.”   symploke 16, 1-2 (2008): 7-19.

"Virtually There: Shakespeare and Tourism in the 21st Century." Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal v. 27 (2008): 5-23.

"The State of the Green: A Review Essay on Shakespearean Ecocriticism." Shakespeare 4.4 (December 2008): 474-492.

"Slow Shakespeare; An Eco-Critique of 'Method' in Early Modern Literary Studies." Early Modern Ecostudies: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare. Ed. Ivo Kamps, Karen Raber, and Thomas Hallock. Palgrave, 2008. 11-30.

"Timon of Athens: A Critical Introduction." The Complete Works of Thomas Middleton. Ed. Gary Taylor. Oxford University Press, 2008. 292-294.

“‘philosophy in a gorilla suit’: Do Shakespeareans Perform or Just Perform-a-tive?” Shakespeare Survey 60. Ed. Peter Holland. Cambridge UP, 2007. 141-153

“Marx Manqué: A Brief History of Marxist Shakespeare Criticism in North America, ca. 1980-ca. 2000.” Shakespeare Under Communisms and Socialisms. Ed. Joseph G. Price and Irena Makaryk. University of Toronto Press, 2006. 349-373.

The Tempest as Tempest: Does Paul Mazursky ‘Green’ William Shakespeare?” Special cluster on Shakespeare and Ecocriticism. ISLE 12. 2 (Summer 2005): 165-178.

"Horror or Realism? Filming 'Toxic Discourse' in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres." Textual Practice 19, 2 (June 2005): 263-282. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism, v. 236.  Ed. Jeff Hunter.  London:  Thomson, 2007.  323-334.

"A way of life worth preserving? Identity, Place, and Commerce in Big Business and the American South." Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, Spring 2005.

"Class Work: Site of Egalitarian Activism or Site of Embourgeoisement?" College English 65 (July 2003): 593–606.  Rpt. in If Classrooms Matter:  Progressive Visions of Educational Environments.  Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Walter Jacobs.  New York:  Routledge, 2004.  149-163. Rev. version in English:  the Condition of the Subject.  Ed. Phillip W. Martin.  London: Palgrave, 2006. 142-158.

"Toward a Postmodern Pastoral: Another Look at the Cultural Politics of My Own Private Idaho." Journal x 7 (Autumn 2003): 25–40.

"Affiliation, Power, and Tenure in the Academy." Affiliations: Identity in Academic Culture. Ed. Jeffrey Di Leo. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. 191–208.

"What About Me? Memoirs of an Academic Reading Academic Memoirs." The Baffler no. 15 (2002): 39–44.

"On the Value of Being a Cartoon, in Literature and in Life." Harold Bloom's Shakespeare. Ed. Christy Desmet and Robert Sawyer. New York: Palgrave, 2001. 81–96.

"Academostars are the Symptom; What's the Disease?" the minnesota review n.s. 52–54 (Fall 2001): 159–174.

"Teaching Othello in the Schoolhouse Door: History, Hollywood, Heroes." The Massachusetts Review 41 (Summer 2000): 215–236.

"Beyond Necessity: The Consumption of Class, the Production of Status, and the Persistence of Inequality." New Literary History 31 (Spring 2000): 337–354.

"The Status of Class in Shakespeare; or Why Critics Love to Hate Capitalism," Discontinuities: New Essays on Renaissance Literature and Criticism, Ed. Viviana Comensoli and Paul Stevens. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998. 201–223.

"Stars, Tenure, and the Death of Ambition." Michigan Quarterly Review 36 (Fall 1997): 607–627. Rpt. in Day Late, Dollar Short: The Next Generation and the New Academy Ed. Peter C. Herman. Albany: SUNY Press, 2000. 45–61.

"Class Matters: Symbolic Boundaries and Cultural Exclusion." This Fine Place So Far From Home. Ed. L. L. Barney Dews & Carolyn Leste Law. Philadelphia: Temple U P, 1995. 200–08. Rpt. in States of Rage. Ed. Terry Allison and Renee Curry. New York: New York U P, 1996. 219-29.

"Still No Respect: Capitalism and the Cultural Choices of the Working-Class." symploke 2 (Summer 1994): 159–76.

"Social Role and the Making of Identity in Julius Caesar." SEL 33 (1993): 289-307. Rpt. in Shakespearean Criticism . Ed. Joseph Tardiff. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. 153–62.

"Theorizing as Defeatism: A Pragmatic Defense of Agency." Mosaic 26 (Spring 1993): 111–21.

"Vestments and Vested Interests: Academia, the Working Class, and Affirmative Action." Working-Class Women in the Academy. Ed. Michelle Tokarczyk and Elizabeth Fay. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1993. 239–50.

"Freeloading Off the Social Sciences." Philosophy and Literature 15 (1991): 260–67.

"Justifying Subsidizing; or Literature and Social Process." The Centennial Review 34.4 (Fall 1990): 595–603.

"'The Contentless Passion of an Unfruitful Wind': Irony and Laughter in Endgame." Criticism 28.2 (Spring 1986): 165–78.

Notes  and Reviews

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