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Jeanette Tran

Associate Professor of English
Office Location: 221 Howard Hall

I received my B.A. in English from UCLA, and my Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to coming to Drake, I taught and advised students at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

At Drake, I teach classes on Shakespeare and other early modern writers. I am fascinated by how theater, by continually recasting our world, invites us to see the everyday in increasingly nuanced ways. I enjoy engaging students in conversations related to theater history, canon formation, high and low culture, the politics of encounters with difference, and the ways in which identities are shaped by both social and theatrical conventions.

My research focuses on decorum and ideas of fitness. My work considers the ways in which theatrical decorum became a key mediating concept for recognizing, and misrecognizing, the foreign on the early modern English stage. I explore the interconnection between decorum and the foreign in order to articulate a literary pre-history for the interrogation of the modes of cultural perception that produce knowledge. I have published on John Fletcher’s The Island Princess and am now dabbling in theories of gambling and risk-taking.

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