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B.A. Political Science, CUNY, Brooklyn College, 2012
B.F.A. Creative Writing, CUNY, Brooklyn College, 2012
M.A. English Literature, New York University, 2015
Christina M. Squitieri is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at New York University focusing on early modern drama. Her dissertation, “Theatrical Transformation and the Limitation of Identity on the Early Modern English Stage,” challenges the assumption that theater presents identity creation by arguing that early modern plays present the way theatricality—analyzed through costume, speech, and gesture—is able to impose a recognizable identity onto a character that is difficult to remove at the end of the play, limiting their identity in the process. Her research also proposes a deeper early modern interest in identity’s malleability than has been previously considered, as well as who—and what—was able to shape identity beyond the playhouse. Her other research interests include global Shakespeares, particularly within the Arab world, classical literature and its early modern influences, the senses, law and literature, and female power and agency in the early modern period, particularly within the history play. She is the recipient of the 2015 Sixteenth Century Society and Conference's Carl S. Meyer Prize for the best paper presentation by a graduate student or a scholar who has received their PhD in the last five years; an article version of the paper for which she received the award is forthcoming in the journal Shakespeare. She has also presented her research at MLA, SAA, RSA, and NeMLA, and has organized sessions at MLA 2017, NeMLA 2017, RSA 2018, and co-organized a session at RSA 2019. Other than teaching at Gallatin, she has taught in the English and Core Curriculum departments at the College of Arts and Science at NYU, in the Drama department of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and in the Humanities and Social Science department at The Cooper Union.
early modern/Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare and his contemporaries; western theater from antiquity to the present; early modern theater and performance practices; law and literature; early modern science and theories of the body; classical literature, including its influence on early modern drama; the history play; materiality; the place of women in early modern literature
AWARDS & HONORS
Christina Squitieri was awarded the 2019 Dean’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in the Humanities by New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Christina M. Squitieri's "Oh Loyal Father? Aumerle, Treason, and Feudal Law in Shakespeare's Richard II" is forthcoming in the journal Shakespeare.
Squitieri’s article, “Jane Shore’s Political Identity in Thomas Heywood’s Edward IV” was included in the journal, Studies in English Literature 1400-1700 (Spring 2020, 60.2).
CONFERENCES AND TALKS
Squitieri co-organized the panel session “Transforming Bodies in Early Modern English Drama” for the Renaissance Society of America Conference, which will be held in Toronto, Canada, in March 2019.
Squitieri organized the panel "Self-Representation and (Mis)Recognition in Early Modern English Drama," for the Renaissance Society of America's 2018 Conference, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in March. Professor Squitieri will present "Clothing and the Failure of Refashioning in As You Like It" at the same conference.