Associate Professor of English
Areas of expertiseShakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare through Performance
Michael Saenger, Associate Professor of English, teaches and writes on Shakespeare from a wide variety of perspectives. He is the author of two books, The Commodification of Textual Engagements in the English Renaissance (Ashgate, 2006), and Shakespeare and the French Borders of English (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and editor of Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare (McGill-Queen's UP, 2014), as well as numerous articles on Renaissance and other literature. He has been a Finalist for the Southwestern Teaching Award, and he teaches courses on such subjects as Medieval literature, Shakespeare in film and Shakespeare through Performance. He is interested in exploring how Shakespeare crossed linguistic barriers, and how modern students must cross similar barriers, both to read Shakespeare and to participate in the modern world. This interest, emerging from the culture of Texas in general and of Southwestern students in particular, has encouraged him to find intersections between fields as various as book history, literary theory, language acquisition, comparative theology and poetic nationalism.
M.A., Ph.D., Univerisity of Toronto 2000
A.B., University of California, Berkeley 1991
Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare. Edited with an introduction by Michael Saenger. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.
Shakespare and the French Borders of English. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly.
The Commodification of Textual Engagements in the English Renaissance. Ashgate, 2006. Reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly, Review of English Studies, Sixteenth Century Journal, Times Literary Supplement.
Co-authored with Sergio Costola, "Shakespeare's Venice and the Grammar of the Modern City." Forthcoming in Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance: Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition. Edited by Michele Marrapodi. Ashgate, 2014.
"Apocryphal Agency: A Yorkshire Tragedy and Early Modern Authorship." Shakespeare Yearbook (2005).
"The Birth of Advertising," in Printing and Parenting in Early Modern England. ed. Douglas Brooks. Ashgate, 2005.
"Pericles and the Burlesque of Romance." Pericles: Critical Essays. Ed. David Skeele. New York: Garland, 2000. Book reprinted by Routledge, 2009. Saenger essay reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism 90.
"Ah ain't heard whut de tex wuz: The (Il)legitimate Textuality of Old English and Black English." Oral Tradition 14 (1999).
"Did Sidney Revise Astrophil and Stella?" Studies in Philology 96 (1999).
"The Costumes of Caliban and Ariel qua Sea-Nymph." Notes and Queries 240 (1995).
Review article on Hackett Publishing's editions of Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene. Comitatus. 38 (2007)
"Nashe's Pamphletarie Periwigge." Notes and Queries 246 (2001).
"Dekker's Shoemaker's Holiday." Explicator 57 (1999).
"Nashe, Moth and the Date of Love's Labour's Lost." Notes and Queries 243 (1998).
"A Reference to Ovid in Coriolanus." English Language Notes 34 (1997).
"Will Stephen Wrest Bombast from Falstaff?" James Joyce Quarterly 35 (1997).
"Shakespeare's Macbeth." Explicator 53 (1995).
"Manningham on Malvolio." Shakespeare Newsletter 43 (1993).
Seminars & Presentations
Keynote Lecture at the University of London's conference "Adapting, Performing and Reviewing Shakespeare in a European Context."
Interviewed on Belarus television regarding Hamlet, directed by Igor Kazakov in Mogilev.
Honors & Awards
2010 Visiting Fellow, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
2008 Finalist for Southwestern University Teaching Award
2002-2009 Cullen Faculty Development Awards
2000 A.S.P. Woodhouse Prize (outstanding dissertation in English, University of Toronto)
1998-1999 University of Toronto Department of English Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award