Associate Professor of English
Director of Master of Arts in English Program
Chuck Conaway is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana. His research focuses on the Afterlife of William Shakespeare—that is, the publication, republication, translation, performance, interpretation, and adaptation of his work from the time of his death to the present. Many scholars have noted that readers of Shakespeare's plays, from academics and editors to audiences and adapters, change the meanings of them in order to make Shakespeare speak to their own changing sensibilities. Most scholars also now agree that to a very great extent it is this centuries-long process of reinterpreting Shakespeare that accounts for his enduring literary and cultural authority.
He has published articles on adaptations of Shakespeare from the Restoration and Eighteenth Century through the present. He is currently at work on a number of articles dealing with the circulation of Shakespeare in late-twentieth and early-twentieth-century dystopian science fiction novels that theorize relationships between Shakespeare, the Humanities, and post-traumatic stress.
“‘I’ll always consider myself Mechanical’: Cyborg Juliette and the Shakespeare Apocalypse in Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga.” Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare. Eds. Christy Desmet, Natalie Loper, and Jim Casey. Palgrave-Macmillan. (forthcoming)
“‘It beggared all description’: Authorship and Character in Antony and Cleopatra.” This Rough Magic (December 2016). http://www.thisroughmagic.org/
“The Dead Can Speak; Or, The Testament of Elizabeth Sawyer in Dekker, Ford, and Rowley’s The Witch of Edmonton.” The Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, 7, Article 4 (2016). http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/spovsc/vol7/iss2014/4
“Christopher Bullock.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789. Eds. Jack Lynch and Gary Day. Malden MA and Oxford UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2015.
“‘The … Monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on’: R.E.M.’s Monst(e)rous Othello.” Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 5.1 (2012): 5-24.
“Teaching Romeo and Juliet In and Against Popular Culture.” This Rough Magic (December 2011). http://www.thisroughmagic.org/
“Manson's R + J: Shakespeare, Marilyn Manson, and the fine art of Scapegoating.” Rock Brands: Selling Sounds in a Media Saturated Culture. Ed. Elizabeth Christian. Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2011. 119-38.
“‘Ye sid ha taken my Counsel sir’: Restoration Satire and Theatrical Authority.” Gender and Power in Shrew-Taming Narratives, 1500-1700. Eds. David Wootton and Graham Holderness. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 145-67.
"‘Thou’rt the man’: David Garrick, William Shakespeare, and the Masculinization of the Eighteenth-Century Stage.” Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theatre Research, 19 (2005): 22-42.
“Shakespeare, Molly House Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Stage,” Comparative Drama, 38 (2004-2005): 401-23.