Alexandra Bennett

Alexandra Bennett

Associate 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

Selected Publications

  • Editor of The Collected Works of Jane Cavendish, forthcoming from Routledge in 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.).

Contact us

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
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DeKalb, IL 60115

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