Richard Finkelstein is interested in how the intellectual traditions generated by Roman dramatists, poets, and philosophers influenced Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists. His research also addresses how the unstable transition from Catholicism to Protestantism within sixteenth-century England shaped both dramatic form and the inquiries made by early modern playwrights. He often brings to his classes an appreciation of Shakespearean appropriations, which are contemporary movies, stories, and political narratives that adapt Shakespearean plots or characters for their own cultural imperatives.
B.A., Williams College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago. UMW Directory Profile.