English Department at UNLV



Evelyn Gajowski

Evelyn Gajowski
Evelyn Gajowski

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  • BA - Cleveland State U
  • MA - Case Western Reserve U
  • PhD - Case Western Reserve U (1987)

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Professor Gajowski has published three books on Shakespeare, her area of specialization: Presentism, Gender, and Sexuality in Shakespeare; Re-Visions of Shakespeare: Essays in Honor of Robert Ornstein; and The Art of Loving: Female Subjectivity and Male Discursive Traditions in Shakespeare's Tragedies. One of her most recent articles, “Lavinia as ‘blank page’ and the presence of feminist critical practices,” was published by Routledge in Presentist Shakespeares, edited by Hugh Grady and Terence Hawkes.

An active member of the Shakespeare Association of America, the International Shakespeare Association, and the International Shakespeare Conference, she has organized, chaired, and co-chaired a number of paper sessions and research seminars: “The Presence of the Past” (upcoming 9th World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011); “Beyond Historicism” (upcoming ISC, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, 2010); “Presentism: Shakespeare, Sexuality, and Gender Now” (SAA, Washington, DC, 2009); “The Presence of Shakespeare and War” (SAA, San Diego, CA, 2007); "Performing Shakespeare and Gender in the Present" (8th World Shakespeare Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 2006); "Shakespeare, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in the Present" (SAA, Bermuda, 2005); “Postmodern Pedagogies/Early Modern Classrooms” (SAA, Atlanta, GA, 1993); and “Crossdressing” (SAA, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1991).

Professor Gajowski has delivered the Keynote Address at the annual Shakespeare Symposium of the California State University system, as well as more than 50 invited and refereed papers on Shakespeare and related subjects at UCLA’s annual Shakespeare Symposium and international, national, and regional conferences. She has served as President and Executive Board member of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association and on the Board of Trustees of Nevada Shakespeare in the Park.

As the Shakespearean in the Department of English, she is primarily responsible for teaching graduate seminars and upper-division undergraduate courses in Shakespeare, but she also teaches courses in early modern English drama, literature, and culture; gender issues; and literary theory. She has chaired or served on more than 60 PhD, MFA, and MA student committees in the US and abroad, having directed the dissertations of PhD students now employed in tenured or tenure-track positions across the country.