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Valerie Wayne

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Valerie Wayne

Valerie Wayne is completing an edition of Cymbeline for the Arden Shakespeare, third series, to be published in 2016. A specialist in early modern English literature, including Shakespeare and early modern women writers, she retired from the University of Hawai‘i in 2010 but is still active in research and working with graduate students. Her essay, “Don Quixote and Shakespeare’s Collaborative Turn to Romance,” appeared in The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play from Oxford University Press in 2012. Her collection of essays co-edited with Mary Ellen Lamb, Staging Early Modern Romance: Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare, was published by Routledge in 2009. She is an Associate General Editor of Thomas Middleton, The Collected Works, from Oxford University Press in 2007, for which she edited the play A Trick to Catch the Old One.

Earlier publications include an edition of Edmund Tilney’s The Flower of Friendship: A Renaissance Dialogue Contesting Marriage (Cornell UP, 1992), and a collection of essays called The Matter of Difference: Materialist Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare (Cornell UP and Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991). With colleagues from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa she co-edited Joseph Keene Chadwick: Interventions and Continuities in Irish and Gay Studies (2002) and two volumes of conference proceedings on gender and culture in film and literature, East and West, Translations/Transformations and Significant Others (both 1993). She also selected and introduced the writings of Anne Cooke Bacon for a volume in the series The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Worksthat appeared in 2000.

Wayne has been a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America (2007-10), served on the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly (2007-12), and was a member of the MLA’s committee on the New Variorum Shakespeare (2008-11, Chair, 2012). In 2000 she was president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Her essays have been published in Staging Early Modern Romance (2009), Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700 (2004), A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works, Vol. 4 (2003), Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (2002), Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Women’s Alliances in Early Modern England (1999), and elsewhere. Several more are forthcoming. In addition to UH, she has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago, the University of Liverpool, the University of Kansas, and the University of Szeged in Hungary.

At the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, Wayne served as Director of the Graduate Program in English in 1994-97 and as Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program in English in 1988-91.

Areas of Interest

early modern literature and culture, Shakespeare, early modern women writers, textual editing, feminism and culture


  • Shakespeare Association of America / Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, 2014
  • MLA’s Distinguished Scholarly Edition Award to the editors of Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works, 2009
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Senior Fellowship, 2003
  • Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1985
  • College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Excellence in Teaching Award, 1985


BA, DePauw University
MA, PhD, University of Chicago