"I am interested in the intersections of personal experience and social life, the private and the public. My current research project examines representations of physical pain in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries to investigate how the body becomes a point of contact between the personal and the cultural in early modern narratives of suffering. And as a teacher, I encourage my students to use the classroom as an experimental space where they can develop new ideas through conversation and collaborative thinking."
Years at Knox: 2013 to present
Ph.D., 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
M.A., English, 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
B.A., English, summa cum laude, 2003, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature; dramatic literature; major figures (including Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, Sidney, Spenser, and Milton); genre, poetry, comedy, tragedy; Tudor and Stuart prose writing; early modern biography/autobiography; Medieval literature; history of sensation and emotion; phenomenology and cognitive science; connections between science and literature; literary and film adaptations; performativity; peer tutoring; composition.
CIC Summer Institute in Advanced Graduate Studies, August 2008: One of two graduate students chosen from UW-Madison to participate in a week-long intensive institute on performative theory, held at Northwestern University.
Pass with Distinction, Preliminary Examination, August 2006.
University Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2003-2004.
Ithaca College Dean's Award in the Humanities: Awarded to the graduating senior in the Humanities with the highest overall GPA.
"‘Have Not They Suffer'd?': Pain and Comedic Structure in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor." Cahiers Élisabéthains 82 (Autumn 2012): 11-19.
"Come Live with Me and Feed My Sheep: Invitation, Ownership, and Belonging in Early Modern Pastoral Literature." Studies in Philology 108.1 (Winter 2011): 44-69.
"The Affective Experience of Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus." National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC, March 2013.
"'I am return'd your soldier': Memories of War and Affective Response in Shakespeare's Roman Plays." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Durham, NC, November 2012.
"William Shakespeare's Eminent Life." Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, April 2012.
"Twice Wounded: Figurative Language and Sensory Mediation in Early Modern Tragedy." Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, March 2012.
"Perverting Rome." Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, April 2010.
Respondent to William West, "Non Plus, or a Peculiar or Proper Kind of Fight." Phenomenal Performances Conference. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, May 1-2, 2009.
"Assailing the Eyes and Ears: The Embodied Audience in Astrophil and Stella." Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., April 2009.
"Sporting with the Fat Knight: Revenge and the Festive Community of The Merry Wives of Windsor." Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Dallas, TX, March 2008.
"Voluntarily Upon the Rack: Donne's Bodily Confession in Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions." Madlit: Sex, Lies, and Literature. University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2008.
"Come Live With Me and Feed My Sheep: Invitation and Ownership in Pastoral Literature." Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Chicago, IL, February, 2007.
"‘Wailing Eloquence': The Persuasive Power of Pain in Sidney's Astrophil and Stella." The 48 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. Chicago, IL, November, 2006.
"Adversarial Epistemologies and the Drama of Knowledge in Paradise Lost." The 47 Modern Language Association Convention. Milwaukee, WI, November 2005.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Modern Language Association.
Member, Shakespeare Association of America.
Member, Renaissance Society of America.
Member, South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
Member, Popular Culture Association.
Co-President, Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, (2002-2003), Ithaca College.
Michael Cooke and Ritu Gyawali are chosen for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, which awards up to $5,000 for costs related to studying abroad.
John Podesta, a Knox College graduate and member of the Board of Trustees, will join the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama, according to media reports.
Music and writing students collaborated and performed with renowned bassist and composer Ben Allison, as jazz fans got a live, free preview of Allison's new album, during Knox's inaugural Mirza Jazz Residency.