Alexandra Bennett

Alexandra Bennett

Professor
Renaissance English Literature and Drama, Modern British and American Drama

Office: ZH 1007
Email: abennet1@niu.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Brandeis University; 1997
  • M.A. University of Western Ontario; 1992
  • B.A. Queen’s University, Canada; 1991

Professional Interests

  • Women in Early Modern and Interregnum English Drama
  • Margaret Cavendish Studies
  • Closet Drama
  • Acting and Playwriting
  • Dramaturgy

Selected Publications

  • Editor of The Collected Works of Jane Cavendish, Routledge, 2018.
  • “One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons,” published online June 2016 as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago project by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater; reprinted in Shakespeare 400 Chicago (Chicago: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 2017, p.155). https://citydeskshakespeare400chicago.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/a-b-l-e-twelfth-night-2/
  • “Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders,” published online February 2016 as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago project by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater; reprinted in Shakespeare 400 Chicago (Chicago: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 2017, p.31). https://citydeskshakespeare400chicago.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/belarus-free-theatre-king-lear-2/
  • “ ‘Yes, And’: Margaret Cavendish, the Passions, and Hermaphrodite Agency,” Early Modern Englishwomen Testing Ideas, ed. Jo Wallwork and Paul Salzman. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2011. 75-87.
  • “Margaret Cavendish and the Theatre of War,” reprinted in Sara Heller Mendelson, ed. Margaret Cavendish. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. 103-113.
  • “Filling in the Picture: Contacts and Contexts of Jane Cavendish,” Literature Compass 5 (special edition, February 2008), ed. James Fitzmaurice. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119424982
  • “Testifying in the Court of Public Opinion: Margaret Cavendish Reworks The Winter’s Tale,” in Cavendish and Shakespeare: Interconnections, ed. James Fitzmaurice and Katherine Romack. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2006, pp.86-102.
  • “‘Now let my language speake’: The Authorship, Rewriting, and Audience(s) of Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley,” Early Modern Literary Studies 11.2 (September 2005): 3.1-13. http://www.purl.oclc.org/emls/11-2/benncav2.htm
  • “Female Performativity in The Tragedy of Mariam,” reprinted online in High Beam Encyclopedia. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-63013459.html
  • “ ‘Yes, And’: Margaret Cavendish, the Passions, and Hermaphrodite Agency.” In Early Modern Women Testing Ideas, ed. Paul Salzman. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, forthcoming.

Professional Appearances

  • Recent play performances include 1984 (Aston Rep Theatre Co.), Silent Sky (First Folio Theatre), The Women of Lockerbie (Aston Rep Theatre Co.) and Wit (Aston Rep Theatre Co.).