McEachern, Claire


Humanities 295
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PhD University of Chicago (1991)

MA University of Chicago (1986)

BA Dartmouth College (1985)



Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century British Literature, Reformation religions and politics; gender/sexuality; early modern women’s writing; Shakespeare editing; humanism.


Selected Publications

Professor McEachern’s books include The Poetics of English Nationhood 1590-1612, (CUP 1996), Religion and Culture in the English Renaissance, ed. with Debora Shuger, (CUP 1997, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy (CUP, 2003; second edition 2014), as well as several editions of Shakespeare’s plays, including the Arden 3 , Much Ado About Nothing (Thomas Nelson, 2005; second edition 2015), Twelfth Night (Barnes and Noble, 2007), King Lear (Longman) and for the Penguin series, All’s Well that Ends Well (2001) King John (2000) Henry IV part one (2000) Henry IV part two (2000) and Henry V (1999).  Recent articles include –“Dramatic Irony in Shakespeare and Calvin,” Oxford Handbook of Calvinism, (OUP, forthcoming); “Two Loves I have”: Of comfort and despair in Shakespearean genre,” British Journal of Aesthetics, 2014 (54) 2 191-211; “Shakespeare, Religion and Politics,” in the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (CUP, 2010), “Spenser and Religion, in The Spenser Handbook (OUP 2010) and “Why do cuckolds have horns?” Huntington Library Quarterly, 71 (2009).


Additional Information

Professor McEachern has been teaching at UCLA since 1990, chiefly courses in Shakespeare, Milton and other early modern literature. Her current project, titled “Believing in Shakespeare” is a study of what believing in salvation and believing in plays might have had to do with each other in the wake of the Reformation. She is also undertaking a biographical study of ‘the intellectual daughters of Sir Anthony Cooke”– Mildred Cecil, Anne Bacon, Elizabeth Hoby, and Katherine Killegrew– who as humanist-trained translators, authors, mothers, wives, and royal ladies-in-waiting influenced the formation of ‘hot Protestant’ Elizabethan religion and whose multiple identities shed light on the complex identities of early modern women and early modern religion alike.