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 three theatrical elements—costume, speech, and gesture—as able to impose an ongoing, recognizable identity onto a character that is difficult to remove at the end of the play, limiting that character’s identity in the process. Her other research interests include western theater more broadly, classical literature (and its influence on the early modern world), early modern science, 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, and RSA 2018. Other than teaching at Gallatin, she has taught in the English and Core Curriculum departments at the College of Arts and Science at NYU and is teaching in the Humanities and Social Science department at The Cooper Union.
Teaching and Research Interests
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.
Professor Christina M. Squitieri's "Oh Loyal Father? Aumerle, Treason, and Feudal Law in Shakespeare's Richard II" is forthcoming in the journal Shakespeare.
CONFERENCES AND TALKS
Professor 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.