Pangallo, Matteo

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Matteo Pangallo earned his PhD in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 and his MA in Shakespearean Studies from King’s College London in 2006. He holds a BA in English from Bates College (2003). His graduate and doctoral studies were funded by a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Matteo specializes in early modern drama and Shakespeare, theater history and dramatic literature, and the history of the book.

At Bates, Matteo is teaching courses in early modern drama and theater history, dramatic literature, the history of the book, and a First Year Seminar on banned books and literary censorship.

Matteo has published in journals such as Notes & QueriesTranslation and Interpreting Studies,The Shakespeare Newsletter, and Review of English Studies. He has contributed chapters to the collection Divining Thoughts: Future Directions in Shakespeare Studies and The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare. Matteo is the assistant editor for the New Variorum Shakespeare’sTitus Andronicus and is currently editing plays for the Malone Society, Digital Renaissance Editions, and, as general editor, for the early modern drama anthology Stages of Transition.

His current book, Playwriting Playgoers in the Shakespearean Theater, demonstrates that a group of early modern dramatists in the professional playhouses of London were not members of the theater industry but were, rather, working- and middle-class playgoers translating their love of the stage into their own written plays. The neglected work of these playwriting playgoers reveals how audience members saw the theater, how they thought the industry worked, and, more broadly, what they thought a “play” was supposed to be. Using manuscript and printed plays, his book shows how these playgoers wrote and revised to address the needs of actors, readers, and the censor, how they viewed materials and practices of the playhouse, and how they crafted poetry for theatrical effects. Rather than resort to the customary critical practice of attempting to read the early modern audience through plays by professional dramatists, this project reads the professional theater through the plays of the audience.

Matteo is also an award-winning book collector and, as founding artistic director of a semi-professional theater company, a director of both modern and early modern plays.

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