Leslie C. Dunn

Professor of English

I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge, with a specialization in English Renaissance lyric poetry and music. My research focuses on music, gender, and representation in early modern England: I have published essays on relations between poetry and music, women’s song in Shakespeare, and the musical afterlife of Queen Elizabeth I, and co-edited, with Nancy A. Jones, Embodied Voices: Representing Female Vocality in Western Culture (Cambridge, 1995). Recently my interests have turned towards performance studies: current projects include an essay on music at Shakespeare’s Globe which grew out of a faculty study trip to the Globe in 2007, and subsequent research in the Globe archives. I am also co-editing a special issue of Upstart Crow on “Shakespearean Hearing,” forthcoming in 2010. My teaching interests include Shakespeare (including adaptations and revisions, and Shakespeare on film), early modern literature and culture, early modern women writers, literature and music, and literature and medicine. I am also a member of the Women’s Studies Program and the Medieval-Renaissance Studies Program.

BA, Clare College; BA, Yale University; PhD, University of Cambridge
At Vassar since 1985


Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall
Box 449

Research and Academic Interests

English Renaissance Lyric Poetry and Music


DRAM 342 Studies in Shakespeare
ENGL 342 Studies in Shakespeare