William C. Carroll F'07, G'95, F'85

William C. Carroll
Professor
English
Boston University

ACLS Fellowship Program 2007
Professor
English
Boston University
The Tragedy of Succession: Shakespeare in History

This project engages Shakespearean drama in the context of the central political issue of early modern England—the theory and practice of monarchical succession. It argues that Shakespearean tragedy can be understood as a theatrical response to, and intervention in, the anxieties and conflicts attending contemporary struggles to define the theory as well as the outcome of royal succession. The heart of this project is a study of the tragedies written between 1599-1607—especially Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth—as representations of succession crises of the family and of the state. Succession is an inherently tragic trope, for succession requires death; it is a process premised on the necessity of the death of the father, real or symbolic.

Travel Grants 1995
Boston University
Conference, Fourth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas: The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms
Graz, Austria

ACLS Fellowship Program 1985
Associate Professor
Boston University
The Spectacle of Violence: Rituals of execution in the English Renaissance