William C. Carroll

Professor of English Emeritus, Boston University



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William C. Carroll is Professor of English¬†Emeritus at Boston University, where he regularly taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare, English drama, and other topics in the early modern period. Among his publications are The Great Feast of Language in Love’s Labour’s Lost (1976) and The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy (1985), both from Princeton University Press; Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare (Cornell University Press, 1996); and Adapting Macbeth: A Cultural History (Bloomsbury, 2022). He has also published the following scholarly editions of English plays: Thomas Middleton, Women Beware Women (New Mermaids Series, 1994); Shakespeare, Macbeth: Texts and Contexts (Bedford Shakespeare Series, 1999); Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden Third Series, 2004);¬† Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series, 2009); and Thomas Middleton: Four Plays (New Mermaids Series, 2012). He has co-chaired the Shakespearean Studies Seminar at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities at Harvard University since 1992. In 2005-6 he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America.