Denise A. Walen

Professor of Drama
Denise A. Walen

Denise A. Walen is a Professor in the Department of Drama at Vassar College where she has taught dramatic literature and theatre history since 1996. An established Shakespearean scholar, she is the author of Female Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama (Palgrave, 2005), curator of the exhibition Here is a Play Fitted for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC (2013/14) and a member of the Editorial Board for Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library (Adam Matthew Digital, 2016).

BA, Rosary College; MA, PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
At Vassar since 1996


Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Box 532

Departments and Programs


DRAM 221 Sources of World Drama

Selected Publications

“Unmanning Juliet,” Shakespeare Survey 69 (November 2016), 253-278.

Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Editorial Board (Adam Matthew Digital, August 2016),

“Case Studies,” Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library, (Adam Matthew Digital, August 2016), (access restricted).

Here is a Play Fitted, Exhibition Curator, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, October 1, 2013 – January 12, 2014.

“Unpinning Desdemona,” Shakespeare Quarterly 58.4 (Winter 2007): 487-508.

“Constructions of Female Homoerotics in Early Modern Drama,” Theatre Journal 54.3 (2002): 411-430; reprint John Lyly, ed. Ruth Lunney (Franham, England: Ashgate, 2011), 331-350; reprint Shakespearean Criticism 144 (2012), 117-130.

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