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Janet Adelman

237 Wheeler
(510) 642-4036

Professional Statement
My dominant interests are in psychoanalysis, gender, and race, usually practiced somewhere in proximity to Shakespeare, although I have been planning a long essay on Toni Morrison for some time. At the moment I am writing a book about issues of conversion, race, identity, and blood as they inflect the anxiety-fraught relation of Christian to Jew in The Merchant of Venice and elsewhere in the culture.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

The Common Liar.- An Essay on Antony and Cleopatra (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973), 235 pp.

Creation and the Place of the Poet in Paradise Lost, in The Author in His Work: Essays on a Problem in Criticism, ed Louis L. Martz and Aubrey Williams (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978), pp. 51-69.

'Anger's My Meat: Feeding, Dependency and Aggression in Coriolanus, in Representing Shakespeare.- New Psychoanalytic Essays, ed. Murray M. Schwartz and Coppelia Kahn (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980), pp. 75-91.

Male Bonding in Shakespeare's Comedies, in Shakespeare's Rough Magic : Renaissance Essays in Honor of CL. Barber, ed. Peter Erickson and Coppelia Kahn (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1985), pp. 73-103.

'This Is and Is Not Cressid': The Characterization of Cressida, in The Mother Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation, ed. Shirley Nelson Gamer, Claire Kahane, and Madelon Sprengnether (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985), pp. 119-41.

'Born of Woman': Fantasies of Maternal Power in Macbeth, in Cannibals, Witches, and Divorce: Estranging the Renaissance (Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1985, New Series no. 11), ed Majorie Garber (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987), pp. 90-121.

Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare, Hamlet to The Tempest (New York: Routledge, 1992), 339 pp.

lago's Alter Ego: Race as Projection in Othello, Shakespeare Quarterly 48 (1997): 125-44.

Making Defect Perfection: Shakespeare and the One-Sex Model, Enacting Gender of the English Renaissance Stage, ed. Viviana Comensoli and Anne Russell (Urbana- University of Illinois Press, 1999), pp. 23-52.

"Her Father's Blood: Race, Conversion, and Nation in The Merchant of Venice,"Representations 81 (2003): 4-30.

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