Graduate Teaching Assistant

Anna Carleton Forrester is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, where she specializes in Renaissance and postcolonial literatures, and is especially interested in Shakespeare and appropriation. Her current dissertation project, "Shakespeare in Turkey: Migration, Translation, and Performance," examines textual and performance histories of Shakespeare plays in Turkish culture, from their arrival in the nineteenth century to their active legacy today. This project investigates the ways in which these literatures, in addition to the theatrical spaces made for them, created a decisive break with an Ottoman past, contributed to modernization, nation-building, and influenced Turkey’s national dramatic identity.

Beyond her teaching and research, Anna serves as the Book Review editor for the peer-reviewed online journal, Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, and is a contributor to Reviewing Shakespeare, a website dedicated to scholarly reviews on global Shakespearean performance. She is currently the Research Assistant for the interdisciplinary  Mellon-funded project, The Global Strategies of Early Modern Empires, which examines the ways in which Mediterranean world shaped what we construe of today as the American South. She has also served as the Project Manager for numerous conferences, including “Scenes in the Other’s Language / Scènes dans la langue de l’autre” (2018), “Bedchamber Scenes/Scènes de lit in European Early Modern Drama” (2017), and “Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare” (2015). 

She is a recipient of a 2017-2018 Fulbright Student Research Award to Istanbul, Turkey, where she was affiliated with Boğaziçi University and conducted research on textual and performance histories of Shakespeare in the country. 

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BA, English Literature, University of Tennessee (2014) 

Research Interests:

Early Modern Literary Studies 

Empire Studies

Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Shakespearean Studies


Selected Publications:

2018 - "'Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?': Alterity, Sameness and Irony in Venice." European Judaism. Volume 51, No. 2, Autumn 2018:36-43.  

2018 - "Fırtınıa: A Turkish Tempest." Reviewing Shakespeare. 

2018 - "Hamlet." Reviewing Shakespeare.

2018 - "1. Uluslararası Shakespeare Festivali: The First International Shakespeare Festival in Turkey." Reviewing Shakespeare. 

Of note:

2017 - Robert E. Park Essay Award, Department of English 

2019 - Alice C. Langdale Award for Exceptional Graduate Student, Department of English 


2017-18 -  Fulbright Student Research Award  to Istanbul, Turkey 

2016-17 -  Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Niğde, Turkey (program suspended, citing security)

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