BiographyCristina León Alfar is the author of Fantasies of Female Evil: The Dynamics of Gender and Power in Shakespearean Tragedy (Delaware 2003). In Women and Shakespeare’s Cuckoldry Plays: Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal (Routledge 2017) she examines a structure of accusation and defense that unravels the authority of husbands to make and unmake wives. Forthcoming 2021, Reading Mistress Elizabeth Bourne: Marriage, Separation, and Legal Controversies, edited with Emily G. Sherwood, documents Mistress Bourne’s petition for divorce, its resolution, and legal disputes. She is co-editor, with Helen Ostovich, of the series "Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture" for MIP. Currently, Alfar is at work on women parrhesiasts in early modern English drama.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Early Modern English drama, particularly Shakespeare; women's and gender studies; feminist ethics, parrhesia; the intersections between literature, culture, gender, sexuality, marriage law, and politics.
By: Cristina León Alfar
Subjects: Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Literature, Theater, Theatre & Performance Studies
Cristina León Alfar is co-editor with Helen Ostovich of the
series "Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and
Material Culture" for Medieval Institute Publications. This
series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that
investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and
performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration
Stuart periods (c. 1550–1650). Contact Tyler Cloherty to
submit your proposal, [email protected].