Marie Plasse

Academic Title

Professor, English

My Shakespeare scholarship studies the literary and theatrical meanings of the human body in Shakespeare’s plays. My work on Italian-American literature focuses on the role of the body in representations of gender and ethnic identity in Italian-American women’s fiction. My popular culture scholarship analyzes theatricality, performance and the body in the work of contemporary pop stars such as k.d. lang, Prince and Michael Jackson. Currently, I am working on a book-length project on the cultural significance of Michael Jackson in which I explore  how his art and life engage with some of our most compelling cultural conflicts and concerns, including gender, sexuality, race and celebrity culture.

  • Shakespeare, Early Modern English Drama
  • Italian American Literature
  • Popular Culture

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern English Drama
  • Drama as a Genre
  • Italian American Literature
  • Popular Culture

“I, Me, You, Us: The Politics of Pronouns in Michael Jackson’s Song Lyrics.” In Michael Jackson: Artist, Advocate, Provocateur. Eds. Toni Bowers and Willa Stillwater. Forthcoming.

“Italian American Literary Passages: The Body, (Re)membering and Mourning the Past in Tina De Rosa’s Paper Fish.” In Italian Passages: Making and Thinking History. Eds. John Paul Russo and Teri Ann Bengiveno. New York: American Italian Historical Association, 2010. 150-163.

“Old World Father vs. New World Daughter: Reading the Body as Site of Family and Cultural Conflict in Josephine Gattuso Hendin’s ‘The Right Thing to Do.’” In Italian Americans in the Third Millennium. Eds. Paolo A. Giordano and Anthony Julian Tamburri. New York: American Italian Historical Association, 2009. 145-159.

“Incorporating Identity: Reading the Grandmother’s Body in Tina De Rosa’s ‘Paper Fish.’” VIA: Voices in Italian Americana 17.2 (2006): 65-77.

“Crossover Dreams: Reflections on Shakespeareans and Popular Culture.” College Literature 31.4 (2004): 12-18.

Thomas P. Hogan Award for Excellence in Collegial Governance, 2018