June 28, 2011

What They’re Reading: Ellen Mackay

Book recommendations from experts in the fields of sexuality, gender, health, science and relationships

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Ellen Mackay, Associate Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty of Gender Studies at Indiana University, is reading Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011) by Will Stockton.

“Will Stockton, a recent graduate of IU’s English Doctoral Program, has just published his first book and it is a witty, subversive and utterly smart account of the erotics of scatology in English literature of the Renaissance and thereabouts.  It offers a completely new perspective on the purchase of psychoanalysis on early modern texts, and it shows us why we are wrong to keep the Great Writers (Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton) isolated from the ‘lesser’ lights (Nashe, Harrington) of the past.  Plus it has a hilarious cover.  Stockton is on his way to being one of the most readable and remarkable queer theorists of the Shakespearean period.”

–Ellen Mackay