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McQueen-Thomson, Douglas

PhD pending; MA, English, Cornell University
MA, Monash University
BA (Hons), University of Melbourne

Visiting Lecturer — Shakespeare and Early British Literature

Department: English
Office: JFT 710
Phone: (845) 257-2744

Career History

Classes taught at SUNY New Paltz, Quinnipiac University, Cornell University, and RMIT University.

Teaching Interests

Early modern literature (especially Shakespeare) and literary theory.

Classes taught previously at SUNY New Paltz include:
- ENG 406 Shakespeare I
- ENG 407 Shakespeare II
- ENG 423 Contemporary Literary Theory
- ENG 404 Medieval Literature
- ENG 301 English Literature I
- ENG 302 English Literature II
- ENG 200 Analysis and Interpretation of Literature: Shakespeare into Film
- HON 201 Individual and Society

Classes taught previously at Cornell University include:
- ENGL 302 Literature and Theory (as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Jonathan Culler)
- ENGL 1185 Wild Justice: The Literature of Revenge
- ENGL 127 Shakespeare
- ENGL 1111 Writing and Renaissance

Classes taught previously at Quinnipiac University include:
- EN 348 Milton and the Seventeenth Century
- EN 343 Shakespeare
- EN 240 English Literature I
- EN 101 Elements of Composition

Research/Creative Activity

“Hamlet's Accidents.” Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), St Louis, MO, April 2014.

“Revenge and Hoarded Memory in Early Modern Drama.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), New York University, NY, March 22, 2014.

“After the Storm: Natural Trauma in King Lear.” Medieval and Early Modern Studies Colloquium, SUNY New Paltz, NY, April 24, 2013.

“Hamlet, Melancholia, and Logics of Revenge.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 29 2012.

“Hamlet’s Accidental Judgments and Casual Slaughters.” Resistant Rhetorics: An Early Modern Symposium with Victoria Kahn, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 23, 2009.

Respondent to Anselm Haverkamp, “Death of a Shifter: Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, and Others in Shakespeare’s Rome.” Theo-Political Renaissance conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, April 25, 2008.

“The Fortunes of King Lear.” Cornell English Department Roundtable, Ithaca, NY, November 16, 2007.

“Rancière, the Sensible, and the Artwork.” Cornell Theory Reading Group conference, Critical Aesthetics, Ithaca, NY, April 7, 2006.

“Althusser, Contradiction, and Conjuncture.” Cornell English Graduate conference, Ithaca, NY, March 5, 2005.

“Badiou, Contingency and Rupture: The Event and Its Conditions.” Cornell Theory Reading Group conference, The Force of Events, Ithaca, NY, April 9, 2005.

Participant in the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, NY, July–August 2004. Full seminar by Maryse Condé and mini-seminars by Gayatri Spivak, Seyla Benhabib, Biodun Jeyifo, and Richard Weisberg.

“Brecht, Coriolanus and Cultural Materialism: A Missed Critical Encounter.” Postgraduate Colloquium, School of Literary, Visual and Performance Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, October 24, 2000.

“Raymond Williams, Cultural Materialism, and Theorizing Totality.” Raymond Williams: After 2000 conference, Trades Hall, Melbourne, Australia, June 10, 2000.


“Bogdanov’s Troilus + Cressida” [review of the Bell Shakespeare Company’s Troilus + Cressida], Arena Magazine 49 (October – November 2000): 54–55. Reprinted in Michelle Lee, ed. Shakespearean Criticism, Vol. 83. Detroit: Gale Group, 2004.

“A Disturbing Dream” [review of the Bell Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream], Arena Magazine 48 (August – September 2000): 53. Reprinted in Michael L. LaBlanc, ed. Shakespearean Criticism, Vol. 82. Detroit: Gale Group, 2004.

“Shakespeare in Our Time” [review article on Shakespeare performance in Australia across 2001], Arena Magazine 57 (February – March 2002): 46–48.

“Derrida Comes to Town.” Arena Magazine 44 (December 1999 – January 2000): 13–14.

“Abstracting Knowledge Formation: A Report on Academia and Publishing.” [co-authored with Paul James], in Simon Cooper, John Hinkson and Geoff Sharp, eds. Scholars and Entrepreneurs: The Universities in Crisis. Fitzroy: Arena Publications, 2002: 183–205. Republished in revised form as “Academic Publishing: A Report on the Globalised Production of Knowledge.” [co-authored with Paul James], in Bill Cope and Dean Mason, eds. New Markets for Printed Books. Altona: Common Ground, 2002: 11–34.