Professor of Literature and
School of Humanities
Dr. Gary Waller is a professor of literature and
cultural studies in the School of Humanities, and a former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Purchase College. His interests include Renaissance and early modern literature and culture, Shakespeare, gender and sexuality, higher education, and creative writing, and he is the author of many books on these subjects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of numerous fellowships, awards, and honors from the Canada Council, Australian National University, Atlanta Poetry Resources Center, and American Association of University Administrators.
Areas of Expertise
Renaissance and early modern literature and culture; Shakespeare; literary and cultural theory; gender and sexuality; higher education; creative writing.
Honors and Awards
Canada Council Fellowship, 1978; Visiting Fellow, 1979, Humanities Research Center, Australian National University; Honorable Mention, 1985, 1986, Poetry Competitions, Atlanta Poetry Resources Center; MLA representative, 1987, English Coalition on the Future of English; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1988; Newberry Library Research Fellowship, 1990; Pew Foundation Leadership Team, 1994, University of Hartford; Exemplary Leadership Award, 1995, American Association of University Administrators. Senior Fellow, 1996-, President's College, University of Hartford
Shakespeare; Renaissance Poetry; Literary Theory; Sex and Gender; Telecollege TV series on Shakespeare, TVONtario, 1980; NEH Summer seminar, Renaissance Women's Writing, 1994.
Renaissance and early modern literature and culture; Shakespeare; literary and cultural theory; gender and sexuality; curricular, pedagogical, and structural change in higher education.
Books Authored and Edited
The Strong Necessity of Time: Time in Shakespeare and the Elizabethans, Mouton, 1976
(Edited) The Triumph of Death and other poems by Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, Univ. of Salzburg, 1977
(Edited) Pamphilia to Amphilanthus by Lady Mary Wroth, Univ. of Salzburg, 1977
Dreaming America: Obsession and Transcendence in the Fiction of Joyce Carol Oates, Louisiana State Univ., 1979
Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke: A Critical Study, Univ. of Salzburg, 1979
Impossible Futures, Indelible Pasts, Kellner/McCaffery, 1983
(Edited) Sir Philip Sidney and the Interpretation of Renaissance Culture, Croom Helm, 1984
(Co-edited) The Lexington Introduction to Literature, D.C. Heath, 1986
(Co-authored) Reading Texts, D.C. Heath, 1987
(Edited) The New Rhetoric and the New Literary Theory, 1987
Other Flights, Always, Merlin Books, 1990
(Edited) Shakespeare's Comedies: A Critical Reader, Longmans, 1991
(Co-edited) Reading Mary Wroth, Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1991
The Sidney Family Romance: William Herbert, Mary Wroth, and Gender Construction in the Seventeenth Century, Wayne State, 1993
English Poetry in the Sixteenth Century, Longmans, 1986, 1994
Edmund Spenser: A Literary Life, MacMillan, 1995
(Edited) Antonius: A Tragedie, Scolar Press, 1996
Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well: New Critical Essays. Edited.
Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity. Co-edited with Dominic Janes. Ashgate, 2010.
Walsingham and the English Imagination. Ashgate, forthcoming.
The Virgin Mary in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2011
Walsingham and the English Imagination. Ashgate, 2011.
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Selected Papers, Reviews (total approx. 150)
1983. America as Discourse. Canadian Review of American Studies, 14.
1983. Shakespeare and Foucault. Bulletin of the New York Shakespeare Society, 3.
1983. I and Ideology: Demystifying the Self of Contemporary Poetry. Denver Quarterly, 18.
1985. Struggling into Discourse: The Emergence of Renaissance Women's Writings. In: Hannay (ed.). Silent But for the Word. Kent State Univ. Press.
1987. The New Rhetoric and the New Literary Theory; Cognitive and Cultural Connections. Poetics, 16.
1988. Decentering Shakespeare. In: Shakespeare and Television. Coursen and Bulman (eds.). University Press of New England.
1991. Mother/Son, Father/Daughter, Brother/Sister, Cousins: The Sidney Family Romance. Modern Philology, 88.
1992. Shakespeare and the Family Romance. In: Hunt (ed.). Teaching The Tempest and the Late Plays. MLA.
1995. Restructuring: The Department as the Forum for and Barrier to Change. Journal of Academic Administrators.
1995. Polylogue: Institutionalizing and Teaching the Conflicts. In: Critical Theory: Curriculum, Pedagogy, Politics, James F. Slevin and Art Young (eds.). NCTE.
1998. Petrarchanism, Renaissance Women Online. Brown University Women Writers Project.
2000. From Silent/Silenced Reading to Reading Aloud: The Impact of Reader on a Discipline in Flux. Reader 25.
2000. Crossing Over: Wroth, Shakespeare, and the Stories of Our Lives. In: Essays in Memory of Josephine Roberts, Rebecca Croft (ed.). Renaissance Texts and Studies.
2000. Teaching Theory in/of Early Modern Women's Literature. In: Teaching Early Modern Women's Literature, Margaret Hannay and Susanne Woods (eds.). Modern Languages Association.
2001. Good Boys, Mad Girls: Greville, Sidney, Wroth and the (Re)construction of Gender in Early Modern England. In: Fulke Greville, Matthew Dixon (ed.). Sidney Journal Press.
2005. Pericles; Cymbeline; The Winter’s Tale, in Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare, ed. Joseph Rosenblum. Greenwood.
2006. “From ‘This Unfortunate Comedy’ to ‘A Play Ahead of its Time.’” in Gary Waller, ed. Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well: New Critical Essays. Routledge.
An Erasmian Pilgrimage to Walsingham Peregrinations, 2.2 (March 2007).
The Other Virgin: Walsingham and Robert Sidney¹s Sixth Song,² Sidney
Journal 25 (2007), 95-117.
Robert Sidney and Selected Poems of Walter Ralegh. In The Facts On
File Companion to British Poetry before 1600. ed Michelle M. Sauer. FOF,
Staging Shakespeare's Virgin Mother in the Twenty-first Century: All's
Well that Ends Well and the Madonna del Parto. In Medieval Shakespeare in
Performance, ed. Sid Ray and Martha Driver. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, Inc,
2008. In press.
Shakespeare's Reformed Virgin. In Renaissance Medievalisms. Ed. Konrad
Eisenbichler. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2008.
Using Psychoanalysis to Teach Petrarch and Petrarchism, in Teaching
Petrarch's Canzoniere, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini. MLA. In
The Countess of Pembroke and Gendered Reading. In Women Editing/Editing
Women: Early Modern Women Writers and the New Textualism, ed. Ann Hurley
and Chanita Goodblatt. Cambridge Scholars Press. In press.
“Medieval Gynotheology.” In The Encyclopedia of Gynocology, ed. Sharmain van Blommestein. University Press of Florida, forthcoming.
“Ralegh’s Walsingham, and the ‘Other’ Virgin Queen.” In Literary Ralegh, ed. Christopher Armitage. Manchester University Press, forthcoming.
2008 Staging Shakespeare's Virgin Mother in the Twenty-first Century: All's Well that Ends Well and the Madonna del Parto. In Medieval Shakespeare in Performance, ed. Sid Ray and Martha Driver. Jefferson, NC: McFarland,
2008 Shakespeare's Reformed Virgin. In Renaissance Medievalisms. Ed. Konrad Eisenbichler. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies,
2009 The Countess of Pembroke and Gendered Reading. In Women Editing/Editing Women: Early Modern Women Writers and the New Textualism, ed. Ann Hurley and Chanita Goodblatt. Cambridge Scholars Press.
Using Psychoanalysis to Teach Petrarch and Petrarchism, in Teaching Petrarch's Canzoniere, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini. MLA, forthcoming
Medieval Gynotheology. In The Encyclopedia of Gynocology, ed. Sharmain van Blommestein. University Press of Florida, forthcoming.
Ralegh’s Walsingham, and the ‘Other’ Virgin Queen. In Literary Ralegh, ed. Christopher Armitage. Manchester University Press, forthcoming.
Updated April 1, 2011