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Michael D Bristol

Professor (retired)
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Email Address: 
michael [dot] bristol [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Mailing Address: 

McGill University Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Degrees and Academic Title(s): 

BA (Yale); PhD (Princeton); Professor

Teaching and Research Areas: 

Renaissance literature (esp. Shakespeare), sociology of literature.

Awards and Fellowships: 
  • David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision.
Selected Publications : 

Big Time Shakespeare (1996)

Shakespeare's America / America's Shakespeare (1990)

Carnival and Theatre: Plebian Culture and the Structure of Authority in Renaissance England (1985)

"Funeral Baked Meats: Carnival and the Carnivalesque in Hamlet," in William Shakespeare: Hamlet Case Studies (1994): 348-368.

"Where Does Ideology Hang Out?" in Shakespeare Right and Left (1991): 31-43.

"Chivarari and the Comedy of Abjection in Othello," in True Rites and Maimed Rites (1992): 75-98.

"In Search of the Bear: Spatio-Temporal Form and the Heterogeneity of Economies in The Winter's Tale," Shakespeare Quarterly, 41 (Summer 1991): 145-68.

"Lenten Butchery: Legitimation Crisis in Coriolanus," in Shakespeare Reproduced: The Text in History and Ideology (1987).

Current Research: 

Shakespeare and contemporary popular culture; questions of moral agency in Renaissance drama. Member of the Making Publics team.