Early Modern poetry and fiction, Shakespeare, Medieval and Renaissance drama, Reformation thought, and Tudor-Stuart history and politics.
Richard McCoy is Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He earned his B.A. at Stanford University and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written four books – Sir Philip Sidney: Rebellion in Arcadia (Rutgers, 1979), The Rites of Knighthood: The Literature and Politics of Elizabethan Chivalry (California, 1989), Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation (Columbia, 2002), and Faith in Shakespeare (Oxford, 2013; pbk. 2015). He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, American Council for Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Huntington Library. He is chair of the Council of Scholars at Theatre for a New Audience, Resident Scholar for the Shakespeare Society, and guest lecturer at the 92nd St. Y. He has also served as a speaker for Shakespeare performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Target Margin, Soho Rep, The Pearl, and the Public Theater.
Recent Courses Taught
Shakespeare 1 (ENG 332)
Shakespeare 2 (ENG 333)
Renaissance Literature (ENG 320)
Literature of the 17th Century (ENG 321)
Medieval and Renaissance Drama (ENG 340)
Shakespeare and Film (ENG 391)
Selected Recent Publications
Faith in Shakespeare (2013; New York: Oxford UP; pbk. 2015)
“Awakening Faith in The Winter’s Tale,” Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion, eds. David Loewenstein and Michael Witmore (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 214-230.
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