Email: janice.valls-russell[at]

Janice Valls-Russell is Project Coordinator of A Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Classical Mythology and Early English Mythological Texts Series, both hosted on this website. She is employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). She is a member of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) at Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier. She holds a doctorate on Pyramus and Thisbe in English Literature (from Chaucer to Cowley) from Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier. Reviews Editor of Cahiers Élisabéthains, she has co-edited (with Peter J. Smith and Kath Bradley) Cahiers Élisabéthains, Complete Works Special Issue (2007), and (with Peter J. Smith and Paul Prescott) Cahiers Élisabéthains, 40th Anniversary Special Issue, “Nothing if not critical”: International Perspectives on Shakespearean Theatre Reviewing (2012). She is co-editor of the online bilingual theatre journal, Arrêt sur Scène/Scene Focus.

Recent publications include Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, co-edited with Charlotte Coffin and Agnès Lafont (see select bibliography below).


Contributions to this website

• Annotated edition of Thomas Heywood, Troia Britanica (1609), Canto II.  2014.  A Textual Companion to A Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Classical Mythology (2009-), ed. Yves Peyré.

Review of Katherine HeaveyThe Early Modern Medea: Medea in English Literature, 1558–1688. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


Select bibliography

Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (ed. with Agnès Lafont and Charlotte Coffin). Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.

• “Trojan shadows in Shakespeare’s King John”. In Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (ed. Janice Valls-Russell, Agnès Lafont and Charlotte Coffin). Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017: 86-108.

• “Erotic Perspectives: when Romeo and Juliet meet Hero and Leander”.  In Shakespeare’s Erotic Mythology and Ovidian Renaissance Culture, ed. Agnès Lafont. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013, 77-90.

• Entry on Pyramus and Thisbe. In Le Dictionnaire littéraire de la nuit, ed. Alain Montandon. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2013.

• “‘As she had some good, so had she many bad parts’: Semiramis’ Transgressive Personas”, Échanges et transformations: le Moyen Âge, la Renaissance et leurs réécritures contemporaines / Exchanges and transformations: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Contemporary Reworkings, Anglophonia 29 (2011).  Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2011, 103-17.

• “So pale did shine the moon on Pyramus”: Biblical Resonances of an Ovidian Myth in Titus Andronicus.  In Anagnórisis, Revista de Investigación Teatral, 2 Mitos paganos y bíblicos en el Teatro / Pagan and Biblical Myths in the Theatre (2010), 57-82.

• “Pourquoi Pyrame et Thisbé?”.  In Autour du Songe d'une nuit d'été de William Shakespeare, Proceedings of the conference organised in Rouen (22-23 November 2002), ed. Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin. Rouen: Publications de l'Université de Rouen, 2003, 137-46.