Linda McJannet

  • Professor Emeritus, English and Media Studies
  • Ph.D. Harvard University
  • BA Wellesley College

Teaching Interests

Dramatic literature, especially Shakespeare;
rhetoric, expository writing, managerial communication

Research Interests

Shakespeare and Early Modern English Drama;
Representations of the Ottoman Empire in early modern English literature; domestication of goods from Muslim lands in Elizabethan comedies set in 16th-17th-century London; early modern "globalization." Co-founder of the
Shakespeare and Dance Project, an interactive scholarly website for the exploration and documentation of dance in and based on Shakespeare's plays.

Bio

Educated at Wellelsey College and Harvard University, Linda McJannet has published four scholarly books and numerous essays on Shakespeare and Early Modern drama, with special reference to the representation of the Ottomans and other Muslim peoples. She is also the author of a text and cases in managerial communication. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Langauge Association Present
  • Shakespeare Association of America Present
  • Society of Dance Historical Scholars 2014 - Present
  • Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies 2007 - Present
  • Renaissance Society of America 2001 - Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2009, Publication Awards (articles and textbook): 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009.
  • 2008, Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award for a scholarly monograph, The Sultan Speaks, Bentley University
  • 2002, Full -year Sabbatical, 2002-03
  • 1999, Bentley College Publication Award (Scholarly Book), 1999.
  • 1999, Summer Grant, Bentley College
  • 1997, Summer Grant, Bentley College
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • McJannet, L., Winerock, E. (2016). "Dancing on her Grave: Shakespeare's Tragic Heroines on Film". Dance Chronicle (special issue), (39) 1 1-23.
  • McJannet, L. (2011). Purchas His Pruning: Refashioning the Ottomans in Seventeenth-Century Travel Narratives . Huntington Library Quarterly, (74) 2 219-43. (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2009). Islam and English Drama: A Critical History (Introduction to a special section, co-edited by me). Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with the Records of Early English Drama, (12 (2009)) 2 183-93, 194-249. (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2006). "History Written by the Enemy": The Reception of Eastern Sources about the Ottomans on the Continent and in England. English Literary Renaissance, (36) 3 394-427.
  • McJannet, L. (1999). Bringing in a Persian. Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England (Oxford University), (12 (1999)) 0-8386-4000-1 236-67.
  • McJannet, L. (1996). Mapping the Ottomans on the Renaissance Stage. Journal of Theatre and Drama (University of Haifa), (2) 9-34.
  • McJannet, L. (1993). Antony and Alexander: Imperial Politics in Plutarch, Shakespeare, and Some Modern Historical Texts. College Literature, (20) 3 1-18. (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (1993). Gesta Romanorum: Heroic Action and Stage Imagery in 'Antony and Cleopatra'. Shakespeare Bulletin, (11) 1 5-9. (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (1990). Reading the Script: Some Aims and Assumptions of Performance-Oriented Criticism. Shakespeare Bulletin, (9) 1 31-33. (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (1987). 'Sit by Us':Gesture and Characterization in 'Henry VIII'. Shakespeare Quarterly, (38) 4 452-466. (Link)

    Books


  • McJannet, L., Andrea, B. (2011). Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds. xv + 272. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan (Link)
  • Hattersley, M. E., McJannet, L. (2008). Management Communication (Chinese translation). 288. Singapore: McGrawHill
  • Hattersely, M. E., McJannet, L. (2007). Management Communication: Principles and Practice. 3rd. Ed 310. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • McJannet, L., Hattersley, M. E. (2004). Management Communication. 2nd editionNew York, NY: McGraw-Hill
  • McJannet, L. (1999). The Voice of Elizabethan Stage Directions: The Evolution of a Theatrical Code. 230. Newark, NJ: University of Delaware Press
  • Hattersley, M., McJannet, L. (1996). Management Communication: Principles and Practice. 1st edition 318. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • McJannet, L. (1988). Henry VIII: An Annotated Bibliography. 444. New York: Garland Publishing Company (The Garland Shakespeare Bibliographies)

  • Book Chapters


  • McJannet, L., Andrea, B. (2011). Islamic Worlds in Early Modern English Literature (Introduction to an edited collection) In , (Eds.) Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds. 1-20. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2011). 'Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement's': Domesticating Eastern Commodities in London Plays In Bernadette Andrea and Linda McJannet, (Eds.) Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds. 215-38. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2009). The Translator as Emissary: Continental Works about the Ottomans in England In Charry, Brinda S; Shahani, Gitanjali, (Eds.) Emissaries in Early Modern Literature and Culture. 147-166. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2008). Pirates, Merchants, and Kings: Oriental Motifs in English Court and Civic Entertainments, 1510-1659 In Ostovich, Helen M.; Silcox, Mary; Roebuck, Graham, (Eds.) The Mysterious and Foreign in Early Modern England. 249-65. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press
  • McJannet, L. (1998). Genre and Geography: The Eastern Mediterranean in 'Pericles' and 'The Comedy of Errors' In Gillies, John; Vaughan, Virginia Mason, (Eds.) Playing the Globe: Genre and Geography in English Renaissance Drana. 86-106. Rutherford NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • McJannet, L. (1998). 'The Scene Changes'?: Stage Directions in Eighteenth-Century Acting Editions of Shakespeare In Gondris, Joanna, (Eds.) Reading Readings: Essays on Shakespeare Editing in the Eighteenth Century. 86-99. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson Univesity Press
  • McJannet, L. (1996). Elizabethan Speech Prefixes: Page Design, Typography, Mimesis In Bergeron, David, (Eds.) Reading and Writing in Shakespeare. 45-63. Newark DE: University of Delaware Press

  • Book Reviews


  • McJannet, L. (2016). [Review of the book Shakespeare Valued: Education Policy and Pedagogy, 1989-2009 ]. Radical Pedagogy, (13) 1 (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2013). [Review of the book English Women Staging Islam: Delarivier Manley and Mary Pix ]. Renaissance Quarterly, (66) RBDChicago, IL: (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2010). [Review of the book Early Modern Drama and the Eastern European Elsewhere: Representations of Liminal Locality in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries ]. Renaissance Quarterly, (63) 1University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL: (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2009). [Review of the book Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature ]. Shakespeare Quarterly, (60 (Summer 2009)) 2Baltimore, MD: (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (2008). [Review of the book Borders and Travelers in Early Modern Europe ]. Seventeenth Century News, (66, Fall 2008) 3 & 4College Station, TX: (Link)
  • McJannet, L. (). [Review of the book Hamlet's Arab Journey: Shakespeare's Prince and Nasser's Ghost ]. Shakespeare Studies, (41 (2013)) n/aPlainsboro, Nj: (Link) Forthcoming.

  • Conference Papers


  • McJannet, L. (2013). Choreography for the Devil: the Deed Scene in Doctor FaustusThe Marlowe Society of America, Seventh International Marlowe Conference.
  • McJannet, L. (2011). “And ginger shall be hot i’ th’ mouth too”: Eastern Spices in London ComediesInternational Shakespeare Association, 9th World Shakespeare Congress.
  • McJannet, L. (2010). Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement's: Domesticating Eastern Commodities in London Comedies, Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America.
  • McJannet, L. (2009). Islam and Early Modern England: A ReassessmentShakespeare Association of America, Shakespeare Association of America.
  • McJannet, L. (2009). ’Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s’: Domesticating Eastern Commodities in London ComediesHumanities Center, Harvard University, Shakespearean Seminar, Harvard University.
  • McJannet, L. (2007). An Emissary and his Translators: The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de BusbecqGroup for Early Modern Studies, Reconstructing Histories, 1550-1850.
  • McJannet, L. (2007). Purchas His Pruning: Refashioning-17th Century Travel Narratives about the Ottomans, North East Conference on British Studies.
  • McJannet, L. (2006). Bayazid I in "Tamburlaine" and Richard Knolles's "General Historie of the Turkes": "Citing the Turkes' own Chronicles"Inaugural Conference of IDEA, Studies in English (Istanbul, Turkey).
  • McJannet, L. (2005). Knolles vs. Marlowe: Citing “the Turkes’ own chronicles”Group for Early Modern Cultural Stuidies, Group For Early Modern Cultural Studies.
  • McJannet, L. (2003). Early Modern ‘Shock and Awe’?: Tamburlaine, the Turks, and Henry V Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts, Terrorism in the Early Modern Period.
  • McJannet, L. (2002). Exotica Eclectica: Turks, Persians, Moors, and Indians in Dramatic Entertainments, 1510-1659McMaster University, The Mysterious and Foreign in Early Modern England.
  • McJannet, L. (2001). Angles of Influence: Marlowe's Tamburlaine and Knolles' Generall Historie of the Turkes (1603)International Shakespeare Association, World Shakespeare Congress.

  • Presentations

  • McJannet, L., Winerock, E. (2016). “Approaches to Shakespeare and Dance: Workshop” Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting New Orleans
  • McJannet, L., Rodgers, A. (2016). “Shakespeare and Dance Research Seminar” Presented at the International Shakespeare Association World Shakespeare Congress Stratford-upon-Avon & London
  • McJannet, L. (2015). “Timur's Theatrical Journey, or When Did Tamburlaine Become Black?” Presented at the The Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies SEDERI 26: Commerce, Communities, and the Global Early Modern Baeza, Jaen, Spain
  • McJannet, L. (2015). “"'A hall, a hall!': Realizing the Dance Scene in Romeo and Juliet” Presented at the Renaissance Society of America RSA Annual Meeting Berlin, Germany
  • McJannet, L. (2014). “Realizing the Dance Scene in Romeo and Juliet” Presented at the Society of Dance History Scholars/ Congress of Research on Dance Joint Annual Meeting of SDHS and CORD Iowa City, IA
  • McJannet, L. (2014). “Dancing on her Grave? Adding Dance for the Heroine in Shakespeare's Tragedies” Presented at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University Women and Culture in the Early Modern World Cambridge, MA
  • McJannet, L. (2014). “Dancing on Her Grave? Adding Dance for the Tragic Heroine” Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting St. Louis, MO
  • McJannet, L. (2014). “The Shakespeare and Dance Project ” Presented at the Shakespeare Assoication of Ameria SAA Annual Meeting St. Louis, MO
  • McJannet, L. (2013). “Choreography for the Devil: the Deed Scene in Doctor Faustus” Presented at the The Marlowe Society of America Seventh International Marlowe Conference Staunton, VA
  • McJannet, L., Andrea, B. (2013). “Nomadic Subjects and Objects: Research Seminar” Presented at the The Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting Toronto, ONT, Canada
  • McJannet, L. (2012). “Present(ist) Mirth?: Work, Wit, and Metadrama in Jonsonian Comedy and The Office” Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting Boston, MA
  • McJannet, L. (2011). “Muslims, Jews, and Renegados in Early Modern English Drama” Presented at the North East Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting of the NECBS College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA
  • McJannet, L. (2011). ““And ginger shall be hot i’ th’ mouth too”: Eastern Spices in London Comedies” Presented at the International Shakespeare Association 9th World Shakespeare Congress Prague, Czech Republic
  • McJannet, L. (2010). “Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement's: Domesticating Eastern Commodities in London Comedies” Presented at the Renaissance Society of America RSA Annual Meeting Venice, Italy
  • McJannet, L. (2009). “’Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s’: Domesticating Eastern Commodities in London Comedies” Presented at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University Shakespearean Studies Seminar Cambridge, MA
  • McJannet, L. (2009). “Islam and Early Modern England: A Reassessment” Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting Washington, D.C.
  • McJannet, L. (2008). “’Purchas his Pruning’: Refashioning 17th –Century English Travel Narratives about the Ottomans” Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting Dallas, TX
  • McJannet, L. (2007). “An Emissary and his Translators: The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq” Presented at the Group for Early Modern Studies Reconstructing Histories, 1550-1850 Chicago, IL
  • McJannet, L. (2007). “Purchas His Pruning: Refashioning-17th Century Travel Narratives about the Ottomans” Presented at the North East Conference on British Studies NECBS Annual Meeting Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • McJannet, L. (2007). “The African Connection: "Lo[o]sing" and "Loathness" in The Tempest” Presented at the The Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting San Diego, CA
  • McJannet, L. (2006). “"Telling one's story": Poloyphonic Narrators and Early Modern Dramatic Selves” Presented at the International Shakespeare Association World Shakespeare Congress Brisbane, Australia
  • McJannet, L. (2006). “Bayazid I in "Tamburlaine" and Richard Knolles's "General Historie of the Turkes": "Citing the Turkes' own Chronicles"” Presented at the Inaugural Conference of IDEA Studies in English (Istanbul, Turkey) Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • McJannet, L. (2005). “Knolles vs. Marlowe: Citing “the Turkes’ own chronicles”” Presented at the Group for Early Modern Cultural Stuidies Group For Early Modern Cultural Studies San Antonio, TX
  • McJannet, L. (2005). “Other Muslims, Other Christians in Renaissance Ethnography and Travel Writing” Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting Southampton, Bermuda
  • McJannet, L. (2003). “Early Modern ‘Shock and Awe’?: Tamburlaine, the Turks, and Henry V ” Presented at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts Terrorism in the Early Modern Period Amherst, MA
  • McJannet, L. (2002). “Exotica Eclectica: Turks, Persians, Moors, and Indians in Dramatic Entertainments, 1510-1659” Presented at the McMaster University The Mysterious and Foreign in Early Modern England Hamilton, ONT, Canada
  • McJannet, L. (2002). “Women of the Seraglio: Female Power in Some Plays on Ottoman Themes” Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America SAA Annual Meeting Minneapolis, MN
  • McJannet, L. (2001). “Angles of Influence: Marlowe's Tamburlaine and Knolles' Generall Historie of the Turkes (1603)” Presented at the International Shakespeare Association World Shakespeare Congress Valencia, Spain
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Chair for Summer Grant Review Committee 2011 - 2015
  • Committee Chair for Peer Evaluation Committee 1998 - 2014
  • Committee Member for Research Committee 2012 - 2013
  • Committee Chair for ESOL Hiring Committee 2010 - 2011
  • Committee Chair for Long Range Planning Committee 1997 - 2000
  • University Service


  • Department Chair for EMS Department 2014 - 2015
  • Other for LSM Mentor 2007 - 2015
  • Committee Chair for Curriculum Policy Committee 2010 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Faculty Senate 2013 - 2014
  • Committee Member for Honors Council 2013 - 2014
  • Co-chair with President Larson for NEASC Mission and Purpose Sub-Commitee 2011 - 2012
  • Committee Member for Search Committee, Dean of Arts and Sciences 2009 - 2010
  • Committee Member for Promotion and Tenure Committee 2005 - 2008
  • Director of new university-wide program for Honors Program, Innaugural Director 2000 - 2005
  • Committee Member for Liberal Studies Major Design Task Force 2004 - 2004
  • Committee Chair for Search Committee for inaugural dean of Arts and Sciences 2001 - 2002
  • Committee Chair for Promotion and Tenure Committee 1992 - 1995
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Book for Shakespeare Studies 2012 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for Early Modern Literary Studies 2012 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 2009 - Present
  • Reviewer, Book for Renaissance Quarterly 2007 - Present
  • Outside evaluator for tenure and promotion applicants for Various universities 2006 - Present
  • Committee Member for Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference 2003 - Present
  • Reviewer, Book for Shakespeare Quarterly 1989 - Present
  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference 2014 - 2015