Department of English


Jonathan Baldo

Research Interests

A specialist in Shakespeare and early modern studies, Jonathan Baldo regularly offers courses in Elizabethan and Jacobean Shakespeare and Shakespeare's history plays. A secondary interest in twentieth-century literature and culture has led him to develop courses in modern and contemporary poetry and film studies, and seminars on James Joyce, William Faulkner, and Toni Morrison at the Eastman School of Music. At the River Campus, he has offered graduate courses in the romantic movement and the theory of the novel for the departments of English and Modern Languages and Cultures, respectively.

He recently completed a book on nationhood and memory in Shakespeare. His other recent work links parliamentary and theatrical representation in Shakespeare's history plays.

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

  • Four-time winner, open submissions competition, Shakespeare Association of America and the International Shakespeare Association
  • Senior Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2000-01
  • Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2011
  • University of Rochester’s nominee for the Robert Cherry Foster Award for Great Teaching (a national competition), 2012

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • Contemporary American Poetry (spring 2013)
  • Modern American Poetry (fall 2012)
  • Film Noir (spring 2012)
  • Faulkner and His Heirs (spring 2012)
  • Dickinson and Frost (fall 2011)
  • The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (spring 2011)
  • James Joyce (spring 2011)
  • Lyric Poetry (fall 2010)
  • The Elizabethan Shakespeare (spring 2009)
  • The Jacobean Shakespeare (spring 2008)
  • Kafka and His Heirs (spring 2007)

Selected Publications

Books and Journal Articles
  • Memory in Shakespeare's Histories: Stages of Forgetting in Early Modern England, Routledge 2012
  • "Shakespeare's Historical Sublime," in Forgetting Faith? Negotiating Confessional Conflict in Early Modern Europe, ed. Isabel Karremann, Cornel Zwierlein, and Inga Mai Groote, Pluralisierung und Autorität 29, De Gruyter 2011, 81-98
  • “'A rooted sorrow': Scotland's Unusable Past,” in Macbeth: New Critical Essays, ed. Nick Moschovakis, Routledge 2008, 88-103
  • “‘Into a thousand parts’: Representing the Nation in Henry V,” in English Literary Renaissance 38 (2008), 55-82
  • “The Greening of Will Shakespeare,” in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 3.2 (spring/summer 2008) [online journal]
  • The Unmasking of Drama: Contested Representation in Shakespearean Tragedy, Wayne State 1996
  • “Forgetting Elizabeth in Henry VIII,” in Resurrecting Elizabeth I in Seventeenth-Century England, ed. Elizabeth H. Hageman and Katherine Conway, Fairleigh Dickinson 2007, 132-48
  • “Necromancing the Past in Henry VIII,” in English Literary Renaissance 34.3 (autumn 2004), 359-86
  • “Solitude as an Effect of Language in Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad,” in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Modern Critical Interpretations Series, ed. Harold Bloom, Chelsea House 2003
  • “Wars of Memory in Henry V,” in Shakespeare Quarterly 47 (1996), 132-59
  • “The Reader on Trial: Or, Is Reading Necessarily an Injudicious Act?” in Critical Essays on Franz Kafka, ed. Ruth V. Gross, G.K. Hall 1990
Recent conferences
  • "Working with Shakespeare," invited participant, Thirty-Fifth International Shakespeare Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, 6-10 August 2012
  • "Shakespeare et la mémoire," invited talk, Congrès 2012 de la Société Française Shakespeare, Paris, 22-24 March 2012
  • "'This Distracted Globe': Theater and Globalization as Forms of Distraction in Early Modern England," invited participant, Richard Wilson’s Seminar on "Shakespeare and Globalization," World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, July 2011
  • "There’s Something About 'Merry':  or, What 'Merry' Meant in Early Modern England," invited participant, James Bulman's seminar on 2 Henry IV, Shakespeare Association of America, Bellevue, WA, April 2011
  • "Birth of a Nation out of the Spirit of Tragedy: Shakespeare's Richard II," invited speaker, International Conference on "Forgetting Faith?: Negotiating Confessional Conflict in Early Modern Europe," Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 15-17 July 2010
  • "Shakespeare's Historical Sublime?: The Politics of Forgetting in Richard II," Shakespeare Association of America, Chicago, April 2010