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About the Author
Carole Levin is Willa Cather Professor of History at the University of Nebraska. She is the author of several books, including Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture. John Watkins is Professor of English, Italian Studies, and Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author most recently of Representing Elizabeth in Stuart England: Literature, History, Sovereignty.
"The sense of discovery and surprise, alive in Levin and Watkins's presentation, gives the reader the old-fashioned pleasure of a detective story and, more important, makes tangible the historical specificities and stakes involved in the social constructions of gender and race that haunt immigration policies and globalization strategies in the EU and the US. In doing so, Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds powerfully de-essentializes those constructions.... This book stands at the beginning of a sea change in the enactment of interdisciplinarity."--Marguerite Waller "Modern Language Quarterly "
"This interdisciplinary book, which comprises pairs of essays on 1 Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew, exemplifies new historicism at its best.... The essays are beautifully written, cogently argued, and meticulously researched. Recommended."--Choice