Dr. Richard Grinnell
Professor of English
I grew up in Canada and California, got a degree in biology, then moved to Minnesota, where I got a masters and PhD in early modern English drama and literature. I teach Shakespeare and other early modern literatures, including an annual Shakespeare course that spends two weeks in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon in the UK. I also have interests in environmental literature, post-apocalyptic literature, and speculative fiction. I am a beekeeper and a canoe camper, and I have twice been chair of the English Department.
BS, Biology, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California
MA, English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota
PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
English Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, and the dramatic literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England, Literature and the Environment, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction.
Science and Society. Longman Topics Reader. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007.
"Shakespeare's Keeping of Bees." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (ISLE). 23: 4 (Autumn) 2016. 835-54. Print.
"Teaching Nature Writing and the American Environmental Movement: The Case for Sigurd F. Olson." Modern Language Studies. 45: 2 (Winter) 2016. 40-53. Print.
"'All in Such Rare Disorder': The Witches of Lancashire (1634) in the Undergraduate Classroom." This Rough Magic: A Peer-Reviewed, Academic, Online Journal Dedicated to the Teaching of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. June 2015. Web.
"Through an Un-weeded Garden: Teaching the Unsustainable Hamlet." Moderna Språk 106: 1 (2012). 97-114. Web.
“Witchcraft, Race, and the Rhetoric of Barbarism in Othello and 1 Henry IV.” The Upstart Crow: a Shakespeare Journal XXIV (2004): 72-80. Print.
"'And Love Thee After': Necrophilia on the Jacobean Stage." Between Anthropology and Literature: Interdisciplinary Discourse. Ed. Rose DeAngelis. Routledge, 2002. 82-98. Print.
"Naming and Social Disintegration in The Witch of Edmonton.” Essays in Theatre 16: 2 (May 1998) 209-223. Print.
"Witchcraft and the Theater in Richard III." The Upstart Crow: a Shakespeare Journal XVII (1997). 66-77. Print.
"The Witch, the Transvestite, and the Actor: Destabilizing Gender and the Renaissance Stage." Studies in the Humanities 23: 2 (Dec. 1996). 163-184. Print.