Sharon O'Dair is Hudson Strode Professor of English and the Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. She grew up in southern California in a city adjacent to Disneyland and completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley.
Currently, she is working on The Eco-Bard: The Greening of Shakespeare in Contemporary Film.
“Shakespeareans in the Tempest: Lives and Afterlives of Katrina.” A special issue of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, 2010. http://www.borrowers.uga.edu/7160/toc
Class, Critics, and Shakespeare: Bottom Lines on the Culture Wars. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.
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The Production of English Renaissance Culture. With D. L. Miller and H. Weber. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1994.
Articles and Essays
"Water love." postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 4. (Spring 2013): 55-57.
“Saving Tenure, or Helping to Kill it?: A Few Words about ‘Publish, then Filter’.” A Forum on Open Review. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies (2012): http://postmedieval-forum.com/forums/forum-ii-states-of-review/odair/
“‘Pretty much how the Internet works’; or, Aiding and Abetting the Deprofessionalization of Shakespeare Studies.” Shakespeare Survey 64. Ed. Peter Holland. Cambridge UP, 2011. 83-96.
“‘To fright the animals and to kill them up’: Shakespeare and Ecology.” Forum: Shakespeare and Ecology. Shakespeare Studies 39. Ed. Susan Zimmerman and Garrett Sullivan. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2011. 74-83.
“Is it Ecocriticism if It Is Not Presentist?” Ecocritical Shakespeare. Ed. Lynne Bruckner and Daniel Brayton. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. 71-85.
“Superserviceable Subordinates, Universal Access, and Prestige-Driven Research.” Over Ten Million Served: Gender, Service, and Academic Workplaces. Ed. Katie Hogan and Michelle Massé. SUNY Press. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010. 35-53.
“Conduct (Un)Becoming or, Playing the Warrior in Macbeth.” Shakespeare’s Moral Agents, Ed. Michael D. Bristol. London: Continuum, 2010. 71-85.
“Clueless about Class in Academe.” symploke 17 1-2 (2009): 27-39.
“‘Working My Way Back to You’: Shakespeare and Labor.” Selected Papers of The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, Volume 2, 2008. (2009, 43-63). http://www.marietta.edu/departments/English/OVSC/Select_Papers/2008/index.html.
“Laboring in Anonymity.” symploke 16, 1-2 (2008): 7-19.
"Virtually There: Shakespeare and Tourism in the 21st Century." Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal v. 27 (2008): 5-23.
"The State of the Green: A Review Essay on Shakespearean Ecocriticism." Shakespeare 4.4 (December 2008): 474-492.
"Slow Shakespeare; An Eco-Critique of 'Method' in Early Modern Literary Studies." Early Modern Ecostudies: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare. Ed. Ivo Kamps, Karen Raber, and Thomas Hallock. Palgrave, 2008. 11-30.
"Timon of Athens: A Critical Introduction." The Complete Works of Thomas Middleton. Ed. Gary Taylor. Oxford University Press, 2008. 292-294.
“‘philosophy in a gorilla suit’: Do Shakespeareans Perform or Just Perform-a-tive?” Shakespeare Survey 60. Ed. Peter Holland. Cambridge UP, 2007. 141-153
“Marx Manqué: A Brief History of Marxist Shakespeare Criticism in North America, ca. 1980-ca. 2000.” Shakespeare Under Communisms and Socialisms. Ed. Joseph G. Price and Irena Makaryk. University of Toronto Press, 2006. 349-373.
“The Tempest as Tempest: Does Paul Mazursky ‘Green’ William Shakespeare?” Special cluster on Shakespeare and Ecocriticism. ISLE 12. 2 (Summer 2005): 165-178.
"Horror or Realism? Filming 'Toxic Discourse' in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres." Textual Practice 19, 2 (June 2005): 263-282. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism, v. 236. Ed. Jeff Hunter. London: Thomson, 2007. 323-334.
"A way of life worth preserving? Identity, Place, and Commerce in Big Business and the American South." Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, Spring 2005.
"Class Work: Site of Egalitarian Activism or Site of Embourgeoisement?" College English 65 (July 2003): 593–606. Rpt. in If Classrooms Matter: Progressive Visions of Educational Environments. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Walter Jacobs. New York: Routledge, 2004. 149-163. Rev. version in English: the Condition of the Subject. Ed. Phillip W. Martin. London: Palgrave, 2006. 142-158.
"Toward a Postmodern Pastoral: Another Look at the Cultural Politics of My Own Private Idaho." Journal x 7 (Autumn 2003): 25–40.
"Affiliation, Power, and Tenure in the Academy." Affiliations: Identity in Academic Culture. Ed. Jeffrey Di Leo. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. 191–208.
"What About Me? Memoirs of an Academic Reading Academic Memoirs." The Baffler no. 15 (2002): 39–44.
"On the Value of Being a Cartoon, in Literature and in Life." Harold Bloom's Shakespeare. Ed. Christy Desmet and Robert Sawyer. New York: Palgrave, 2001. 81–96.
"Academostars are the Symptom; What's the Disease?" the minnesota review n.s. 52–54 (Fall 2001): 159–174.
"Teaching Othello in the Schoolhouse Door: History, Hollywood, Heroes." The Massachusetts Review 41 (Summer 2000): 215–236.
"Beyond Necessity: The Consumption of Class, the Production of Status, and the Persistence of Inequality." New Literary History 31 (Spring 2000): 337–354.
"The Status of Class in Shakespeare; or Why Critics Love to Hate Capitalism," Discontinuities: New Essays on Renaissance Literature and Criticism, Ed. Viviana Comensoli and Paul Stevens. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998. 201–223.
"Stars, Tenure, and the Death of Ambition." Michigan Quarterly Review 36 (Fall 1997): 607–627. Rpt. in Day Late, Dollar Short: The Next Generation and the New Academy Ed. Peter C. Herman. Albany: SUNY Press, 2000. 45–61.
"Class Matters: Symbolic Boundaries and Cultural Exclusion." This Fine Place So Far From Home. Ed. L. L. Barney Dews & Carolyn Leste Law. Philadelphia: Temple U P, 1995. 200–08. Rpt. in States of Rage. Ed. Terry Allison and Renee Curry. New York: New York U P, 1996. 219-29.
"Still No Respect: Capitalism and the Cultural Choices of the Working-Class." symploke 2 (Summer 1994): 159–76.
"Social Role and the Making of Identity in Julius Caesar." SEL 33 (1993): 289-307. Rpt. in Shakespearean Criticism . Ed. Joseph Tardiff. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. 153–62.
"Theorizing as Defeatism: A Pragmatic Defense of Agency." Mosaic 26 (Spring 1993): 111–21.
"Vestments and Vested Interests: Academia, the Working Class, and Affirmative Action." Working-Class Women in the Academy. Ed. Michelle Tokarczyk and Elizabeth Fay. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1993. 239–50.
"Freeloading Off the Social Sciences." Philosophy and Literature 15 (1991): 260–67.
"Justifying Subsidizing; or Literature and Social Process." The Centennial Review 34.4 (Fall 1990): 595–603.
"'The Contentless Passion of an Unfruitful Wind': Irony and Laughter in Endgame." Criticism 28.2 (Spring 1986): 165–78.
Notes and Reviews
In Shakespeare Quarterly, PMLA, The Comparatist, American Literature, South Atlantic Review, Environmental History, and symploke.