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Marie A. Plasse

Ph.D., Boston University

Marie A. Plasse (professor, Ph.D. Boston University) specializes in Shakespearean and Renaissance drama and teaches courses that emphasize the interaction between the literary and theatrical dimensions of drama. Her scholarly work focuses on the ways in which the human body makes meaning in Shakespeare’s plays. Her publications include articles on Shakespeare, Shakespeare pedagogy, and theatricality in contemporary popular culture. In addition to her ongoing work on Shakespeare, Dr. Plasse has recently presented conference papers in the area of Italian American Studies and developed a new course on Italian American Women Writers.  She has also published on Italian American women writers in VIA: Voices in Italian Americana.  Dr. Plasse has been involved in the development of Merrimack’s Women’s and Gender Studies program since its inception and regularly teaches courses cross-listed in that program.


  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Studies in Shakespearean Drama
  • Studies in Renaissance Drama
  • 20th-Century Drama and Performance by Women
  • World Drama
  • Shakespeare’s Corporeal Art: The Human Body in Shakespearean Drama (seminar)
  • Italian American Women Writers
  • Senior Seminar