Andrew D. McCarthy teaches Shakespeare, medieval and Renaissance drama, early modern literature and culture, and humanities in the interdisciplinary honors program. Other research and teaching interests include the reception of classical writers in early modern England and gender studies. He is co-editor of Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe (Ashgate) and his work has recently appeared in Marlowe Studies. McCarthy is currently completing a book-length study that examines masculine performances of grief in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
PhD Washington State University
MA Washington State University
BA University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Research and/or Creative Interests
My current book project examines masculinity and grief in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. As one of my research interests is novel adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, I'm really intrigued by the current Hogarth Shakespeare project. I'm also currently researching how Shakespeare's plays have been implemented by American social movements.
My teaching interests include Shakespeare, medieval and early modern drama, early modern literature and culture more broadly, the contemporary novel, and gender studies.
My teaching approach is discussionbased and studentled. I typically begin each class by asking students what they want to discuss and construct the course from there. While there are certain concepts I make sure to convey, I try to get out of the way as much as possible. Teaching is about the student, it isn't about me and how much I know.
Why did you become an English professor?
I became an English professor because I was once the vocalist in a punk rock band and I knew there was no way I was going to make a living driving around in a disgusting van, playing shows in bowling alleys and basements. I figured being an English professor was the next most punk rock thing to do. I was partly right and partly wrong. But que saisje?
Why teach X?
I teach Shakespeare because it is the only thing I'm good at. Besides Splatoon. I'm really good at Splatoon.
What are your expectations of students?
I expect my students to read, to think, to write, and to work hard. To have an open mind and be willing to engage with difficult texts and have uncomfortable discussions. To question everything.
What's something about you that might surprise your students?
I'm the captain of my hockey team, Manchesthair United.