McEachern, Claire


Kaplan 295
Tel: 310.825.5209 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



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 Believing in Shakespeare: Studies in Longing (CUP, 2018), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy (CUP, 2003; second edition 2014Religion and Culture in the English Renaissance, ed. with Debora Shuger, (CUP 1997), and The Poetics of English Nationhood 1590-1612, (CUP 1996), 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, 2004) 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  “Hot Protestant Shakespeare” in The Book in History, The Book as History (Yale, 2016); “From Pity and Terror to Pity and Charity: Shakespeare’s Reformed Characters,” in Cordery, Lindsey, ed., Cervantes, Shakespeare: Prisma Latinamericano, Lecturas Refractados (Montevideo, Uruguay, 2017)  “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).

Interest Areas
• Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
• Sexuality & Gender Studies