Andrew Majeske

Andrew Majeske

Associate Professor
Phone number: 
646.557.4697 (office)
Room number: 
7.65.11NB

Education

PhD    University of California Davis
JD       Loyola University of Chicago   
MA      Duquesne University      
      

Bio

Andrew Majeske, associate professor of English, received his doctorate from the University of California Davis, where he worked at the intersection of law, literature & political philosophy, and studied under Margaret Ferguson and Larry Peterman. He also holds a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago, where he studied under George Anastaplo. He was a practicing attorney from 1986 to 1997. In 2006 his book entitled Equity in English Renaissance Literature: Thomas More and Edmund Spenser was published by Routledge Press. In 2009 his edited collection Justice, Women, and Power in English Renaissance Drama, was published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

 

Professor Majeske’s current scholarship directly connects literary texts with contemporary political-social developments. Essays arising out of this work include:

  • "Women, Power & the Decline of the West: Richard Sherwin’s Ethical Wisdom, Krzysztof Koslowski’s Tricolor-Red, & Machiavelli’s Mandragola.” Pólemos (2018) 12.1, 185-20.
  • “Donald Trump, American Caesarism & The Legacy of Leo Strauss” (forthcoming in American Studies Journal, volume 65 (Gottingen, Germany)) (Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer is the literary text dealt with in this essay--the title for this essay was proposed on the day before the New Hampshire Primary in February of 2016).

 

Professor Majeske is currently editing for publication three other such essays

  • “Shakespeare’s As You Like It & The Problems of Relativity”
  • “Affect Theory, The Decline of the West & The Peculiar Vitality of Law & Literature”
  • “Law, Literature & the Idea of Justice: The Case of Amartya Sen v. George Anastaplo.”

 

Professor Majeske has completed and is revising for eventual publication a fiction manuscript in which, within a scaffolding inspired by Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis, he weaves a narrative about Galileo's first public lecture, a 1588 address to the Florentine Academy on the assigned topic of comparing two competing geographies of Dante's Inferno.

Professor Majeske is based in the English Department, where the courses he teaches include Shakespeare and other Medieval and Early Modern literature offerings, various law and literature courses, Bible as Literature & Classical Literature. Professor Majeske also teaches in the Humanities and Justice Program where he has taught the Justice in the Western Tradition & Justice in the Non-Western Tradition courses. He has also taught the ‘Common Good’ themed seminar in John Jay’s Honor’s Program. Those students interested in going on to law school will be interested to know that in addition to his experience practicing law, he spent two years as one of the writers/test developers of the LSAT, and he has taught legal writing and appellate advocacy at Temple Law School.

Publications

Books:

Justice, Women, and Power in English Renaissance Drama. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009. Coeditor and contributor.

Equity in English Renaissance Literature: Thomas More and Edmund Spenser: Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory. New York: Routledge Press, 2006. (edited collection)

Symposium Volume:

Majeske, A (Ed) (2010). John Jay College of Criminal Justice 2008 Literature and Law Conference Symposium. Literature and Law. University of California Press. 22.2

Recent Articles:

(forthcoming Summer 2018) “Donald Trump, American Caesarism & The Legacy of Leo Strauss.” American Studies Journal (Gottingen, Germany)

"Women, Power & the Decline of the West: Richard Sherwin’s Ethical Wisdom, Krzysztof Koslowski’s Tricolor-Red, & Machiavelli’s Mandragola.”  Pólemos (2018) 12.1, 185-20.

“Unreliable Sources for Law: Dying Declarations in Shakespeare’s King John, Othello & King Lear,” Pólemos (2015)19.1, 51-60.

“The Transformation of Lady Justice in Renaissance Europe.” Turn pre-ordinance and first decree into the law of children: Sapienza giuridica nel teatro shakespeariano.) R. Ruggiero and E. Siciliani (eds) Lecce-Brescia, Pensa Multimedia, 2012 (series: "Mandala. Diogenes 'tub") pages 151-162

“Equity’s Absence: The Extremity of Claudio’s Prosecution and Bernardine’s Pardon in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Law and Literature. University of California Press. 21.2 (Summer 2009) 169-184.

“Striking a Deal: Portia’s Trial Strategy in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice,” Justice, Women and Power, eds Andrew Majeske and Emily Doetmer Goebel, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009, 153-173.

“Equity in Book V of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.” Law and Literature. University of California Press. 18:1 (Spring 2006) 69-99.

 

 

Course taught

John Jay College of Criminal Justice:

Lit 230 Classical Literature

Lit 231 Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Lit 260 Introduction to Literary Study

Lit 305 Foundations of Literature and Law

Lit 313 Shakespeare

Lit 314 Shakespeare and Justice

Lit 327 Crime & Punishment

Lit 362 The Bible as Literature

Lit 370 Topics in Ancient Literature: Plato’s Laws

Lit 372 Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Lit 405 Senior Seminar in Literature and Law

HJS 250 Justice in the Western Tradition

HJS 310 Justice in the Non-Western Tradition

Honors 201 The Common Good

 

CUNY Graduate Center:

Engl 71000/MALS 70500/WSCP 81000 English Early Modern/Renaissance Lyric Poetry

 

Drexel University (Pennoni Honor’s College):

Science, Math, and Literature

Machiavelli and Shakespeare

Law, Literature, and Film

 

Temple University Beasely School of Law:

Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy

 

Mill College:

Shakespeare

 

University of California Davis:

ENL 043 Introductory Topics in Drama

ENL 117 Shakespeare (Middle Period)

English 1 (Expository Writing)

English 3 (Introduction to Literature)

UWP 101 (Advanced Composition)

UWP 104b (Legal Writing)