Department of English

University of Toronto

Magnusson, Lynne

Lynne Magnusson Lynne Magnusson
Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)
Office Phone: 416-978-2726
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 922
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: On leave July 2018- December 2018

Teaching Interests
Shakespeare; Early Modern Literature and Culture; Language, Discourse Analysis, Rhetoric; Genre of the Letter; Early Modern Women Writers

B.A. (Manitoba), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), FRSC


Author of Shakespeare and Social Dialogue: Dramatic Language and Elizabethan Letters (Cambridge, 1999); co-author and co-editor, Reading Shakespeare’s Dramatic Language: A Guide (Arden Shakespeare, 2001; rpt. 2002); co-editor of The Elizabethan Theatre XV: Collaboration and Nation (P. D. Meany, 2002); The Elizabethan Theatre XIV: Women and the Elizabethan Theatre (1996); The Elizabethan Theatre XIII: Actors and Acting (1994); The Elizabethan Theatre XII: The Language of the Theatre (1992); The Elizabethan Theatre XI: The Theatre of the 1580s (1990).

Recent Chapters and Articles
“Language,” The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare, ed. Arthur Kinney (Oxford: Oxford University Press, December 2011), 239-57;
“Imagining a National Church: Election and Education in the Works of Anne Cooke Bacon,” The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women: 1558-1680, ed. Johanna Harris and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 42-56;
“Danger and Discourse,” The Oxford Handbook of John Donne. ed. Jeanne Shami, Dennis Flynn, and Thomas Hester (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 743-55;
“Letters,” The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610, ed. Caroline Bicks and Jennifer Summit (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 130-51;
“A Play of Modals: Grammar and Potential Action in Early Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Survey 62 (2009): 69-80;
“To ‘gase so much at the fine stranger’: Armado and the Politics of English in Love’s Labour’s Lost,” The Cultures of Performance, ed. Paul Yachnin and Patricia Badir (Aldershot, England and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008), 53-68;
“A Pragmatics for Interpreting Shakespeare's Sonnets 1 to 20: Dialogue Scripts and Erasmian Intertexts,” Methods in Historical Pragmatics: Approaches to Negotiated Meaning in Historical Contexts, ed. Susan M. Fitzmaurice and Irma Taavitsainen (Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007), 167-84;
“Donne's Language: The Conditions of Communication,” The Cambridge Companion to John Donne, ed. Achsah Guibbory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 183-200;
“Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Modern Perspective,” Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems, Folger Shakespeare Library, ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine (New York and London: Washington Square Press, 2006), 627-38 (reprint);
Janelle Jenstad, Peter Lichtenfels, and Lynne Magnusson (co-authors), “Text and Voice,” Shakespeare, Language and the Stage, ed. Lynette Hunter and Peter Lichtenfels (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2005), 10-37;
“Scoff Power in Love's Labour's Lost and the Inns of Court: Language in Context,” Shakespeare Survey 57 (2004): 196-208;
“A Rhetoric of Requests: Genre and Linguistic Scripts in Elizabethan Women's Suitors' Letters,” Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700, ed. James Daybell (Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2004), 51-66;
“Bacon [Cooke], Anne, Lady Bacon (c.1528–1610),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004);
“‘Voice Potential': Language and Symbolic Capital in Othello,’ Shakespeare and Language, ed. Catherine M. S. Alexander (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 213-25 (reprint);
Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Modern Perspective,” Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Folger Shakespeare Library, ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine (New York and London: Washington Square Press, 2004), 355-69;
“Shakespeare's Non-Dramatic Poetry,” Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide, ed. Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 286-299;
“Reading: Shakespeare's Sonnets,” Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide, ed. Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 300-7;
“Language and Comedy,” The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy, ed. Alexander Leggatt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 156-78;
“Widowhood and Linguistic Capital: The Rhetoric and Reception of Anne Bacon's Epistolary Advice,” English Literary Renaissance 31 (2001): 3-33
“Rhetoric, Linguistics and Early Modern Women's Writing: Sentences for a Woman's Use,” Palgrave Advances in Early Modern Women's Writing, ed. Suzanne Trill (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)
“Shakespeare's Sonnets,” The Shakespeare Encyclopedia, ed. Patricia Parker (Greenwood Publishing, forthcoming)

Current Research
Works in progress include a book on The Transformation of the English Letter, 1500-1620, a second book on ways to rethink Shakespeare’s language historically, and an edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

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