William Carroll

Professor Emeritus

  • Title Professor Emeritus
  • Office 533
  • Phone 617-358-2561
  • Education AB, Oberlin College
    MPhil, PhD, Yale University

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William C. Carroll is a Professor of English at Boston University, where he regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare, English drama, and other topics in the early modern period.

Carroll has held long-term senior fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as short-term awards from the Folger Shakespeare Library, ACLS, the Whiting Foundation, NEH, and the American Philosophical Society. He was selected to give the University Lecture at Boston University in 2005, and was awarded the University’s highest teaching award, the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, in 1980.

Among his other professional activities, he has co-chaired (with Coppèlia Kahn) the Shakespearean Studies Seminar at the Center for the Humanities at Harvard University since 1992. In 20056 he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America. At present he is Co-General Editor (with Brian Gibbons and Tiffany Stern) of the New Mermaids Drama Series, and serves on the Editorial Board of English Literary Renaissance.

Selected publications
  • The Great Feast of Language in Love’s Labour’s Lost (1976)
  • The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy (1985)
  • Thomas Middleton, Women Beware Women (New Mermaid Series, 1994)
  • Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare (1996)
  • Shakespeare, Macbeth: Texts and Contexts (Bedford Shakespeare Series, 1999)
  • Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden Shakespeare Third Series, 2004)
  • Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series, 2009)
  • Thomas Middleton, Four Plays (New Mermaids Series, 2012)
Work in Progress
  • The Tragedy of Genealogy: Shakespearean Drama 1595–1606, a project considering Shakespearean drama in the context of late Tudor/early Stuart succession debates and lineage culture

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