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Todd Landon Barnes

Professor of Literature

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7180
  • Email:
  • Office: B-141
  • Office Hours: MR 1:00-2:15pm, 5:50-6:05 pm


  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Rhetoric  (Designated Emphasis in Film Studies)
  • M.A.  University of California, Berkeley, Rhetoric
  • B.A.   University of California, Berkeley, English
  • CV

Courses Offered:

  • Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Senior Seminar: The Performance of Everyday Life
  • Shakespeare on Film
  • American Drama
  • Survey of British Literature I
  • Critical Reading and Writing

Teaching Interests:

  • Shakespeare,
  • rhetorical theory,
  • film studies,
  • dramatic literature in performance,

Research Interests:

  • performance studies
  • race and gender studies
  • literary theory
  • critical theory
  • philosophies of history and difference

Scholarly Activity:



  • “Macbeth’s ‘Strange Garments’: Borrowing Africa’s Robes,” Guide to the Season’s Plays: 2016-2017. Shakespeare Theatre Company. 2016. An excerpt of this essay appeared in Asides, the playbill for Macbeth, directed by Liesl Tommy.

  • Shakespeare in 2016,” Public Books, May 1, 2016. Public Books is an online multimedia site affiliated with the print journal Public Culture (Duke University Press). Public Books is an initiative of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.
  • Striking Our Debt to Moral Tragedy: Retributive Economics in Julius Caesar,” in Julius Caesar: A Critical Reader. Ed. Andrew J. Hartley. Arden Shakespeare Early Modern Drama Guides (Bloomsbury, 2016).
  • The Tempest’s ‘Standing Water’: Echoes of Early Modern Cosmographies in Lost,” in Shakespearean Echoes. Eds. Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. and Adam Hansen (Palgrave Macmillian 2015)
  • “Hamlet on the Potomac: Anti-Intellectualism in American Political Discourse Before and After ‘the Decider’,” in Hamlet Handbook: Subject Matter, Adaptations, Interpretations (Hamlet Handbuch: Stoffe, Aneignungen, Deutungen). Ed. Peter W. Marx (Stuttgart/Weimar: Verlag J.B. Metzler, March 2014)
  • “The African-American Shakespeare’s Company’s Macbeth Project,” Shakespeare Bulletin Special Issue: African-American Shakespeares, Ed. Ayanna Thompson. 27.3 (Fall 2009) Washington: Johns Hopkins University Press, 462-468
  • “Hip Hop Macbeths, “Digitized Blackness,” and the Millennial Minstrel: Illegal Culture Sharing in theVirtual Classroom” in Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance. Eds. Ayanna Thompson and Scott Newstok. New York: Palgrave, 2009
  • “George W. Bush’s ‘Three Shakespeares’: Macbeth, Macbush, and the Theater of War,” Shakespeare Bulletin 26.3 (Fall 2008) Washington: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1-29
  • “The White Christian Shakespeare Complex: or, Why Neoliberal Redemption Dramas are an Emotional Drain,” Paper presented at the “Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies Conference,” Department of Performance Studies, New York University, April 11-13, 2014
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