Randolph-Macon College English Professor Marisa
Cull had one of her essays published in a new book. The essay, titled Contextualizing
1610: Cymbeline, The Valiant Welshman, and the Princes of Wales, is one
of twelve essays in Shakespeare and Wales (Ashgate, 2010), which was edited
by two leading scholars in the field of British national identity. The book, which
features important essays on Shakespeare’s work as it relates to Wales, will be
released on February 1, 2010.
Cull’s essay explores two plays that were produced against the backdrop of the installation
of Henry, James I’s eldest son, as the Prince of Wales in 1610. She argues that
each play, though similar in subject matter and historical context, chooses to represent
Welshness in distinct ways, owing to the split in public opinion about the young
Prince Henry. While one play celebrates the valiant martial spirit so embodied by
the young Henry, and so connected to ancient Welsh tradition, the other portrays
the Welsh tradition as dangerously uncivilized, ultimately endorsing a more pacifist
perspective—one that would be pleasing to the conflict-averse King James. These
plays not only demonstrate the unique perspective on Wales and its importance to
the English nation at a particularly pressured moment in history, they also shed
a new light on how playing companies adapted their material to reflect the particular
interests of their patrons and their audiences.
Cull teaches courses in Renaissance literature at the college, as well as first-year
writing and a course in the short novel. She is involved in the Washington Literary
Society and is the faculty advisor for R-MC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international
honors society for English studies.
Cull joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College in 2008. She earned her B.A. from
Capital University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.