Santa Clara University

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Phone: 408-554-4001
Fax: 408-554-4837
Room number: 315

Dr. Mary Judith Dunbar

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Judith Dunbar, received her Ph.D. in English and Humanities from Stanford University and has also studied in England at the University of Bristol and the University of London.

She specializes in teaching and research in Shakespeare, to which she brings over eleven years’ study and teaching in England, including her work as a Fulbright Scholar and later full time teaching in a college then part of the University of London Institute of Education.

As her teaching and publications reflect, she is keenly interested in relating the performance of Shakespearean drama to its critical interpretation. She was also one of the first faculty in the Women’s Studies Program, teaching courses in women and literature, especially poetry.

Courses Taught

  • Critical Composition II: Honors
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies
  • Shakespeare's Comedies
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Women & Literature
  • Modern British Literature
  • Senior Seminar

Research Interests

  • Shakespearean drama
  • Poetry
  • Women and Literature

Representative Publications

  • "Critical Practice Through Performance: The Nunnery and Play Scenes." Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet. Ed. Bernice W. Kliman. Approaches to Teaching Masterpieces of World Literature Series. New York: Modern Language Association, 2002. 81-5.
  • "Denise Levertov: 'The Sense of Pilgrimage.'" America 178 (1998). 22-25.
  • "Richard III." Theater Journal 50 (1998). 240-42.
  • "Excellence in the Service of Justice and Compassion." The Future of Prophetic Christianity: Essays in Honor of Robert McAfee Brown. Ed. Denise Lardner Carmody and John Tully Carmody. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1993. 111-17.
  • "To the judgement of your eye': Iconography and the Theatrical Art of Pericles." Shakespeare, Man of the Theater. Ed. Kenneth Muir, Jay l. Halio, and D.J. Palmer. Newark: U of Delaware P, 1983; London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1983. 86-87
  • In Celebration: Anemos. Poems presented to Denise Levertov. Ed. Mary Judith Dunbar, with Carolyn Ann Mitchell and Abby Niebauer. Palo Alto: Matrix Press, 1983. Poets include: Alice Walker (Pulitzer Prize, 1983), Galway Kinnell (Pulitzer Prize, 1983), Robert Creeley, Dennis Lee, James Loughlin, Michael Harper, Carolyn Forche, Margaret Avison, Carolyn Kizer (Pulitzer Prize, 1985), Al Young, Robert Hass (Poet Laureate 1997), Hilda Morley, Sam Hamill.
  •  “Excellence in the Service of Justice and Compassion.” The Future of Prophetic Christianity: Essays in Honor of Robert McAfee Brown. Ed. Denise Lardner Carmody and John Tully Carmody. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1993. 111-17.
  •  Denise Levertov: “The Sense of Pilgrimage.” America 178 (1998): 22-25.
  •  “Richard III.” Theater Journal 50 (1998): 240-42.
  • Book accepted for publication: entitled The Winter’s Tale. Manchester University Press. Distributer in the United States: Palgrave/Macmillian. To be published in 2009. In an internationally distinguished series on Shakespeare in Performance.
  • Who’s Who of American Women, 2007—present
 
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