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Kathryn Schwarz

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair of English

Kathryn Schwarz received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994.  Her teaching and research interests include early modern literature and culture; feminist, queer, and gender studies; relationships between embodiment and social subjectivity; and theories of community. 

She is the author of What You Will: Gender, Contract, and Shakespearean Social Space (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), and Tough Love: Amazon Encounters in the English Renaissance (Duke University Press, 2000), which was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for Literature in 2001. With Holly Crocker, she co-edited “Premodern Flesh,” a special issue of postmedieval (2013).

Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and Vanderbilt’s Research Scholar Grant Program and Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. She has served on the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly, the program committee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and executive committees of the Modern Language Association and the Folger Institute. She is currently working on a book titled Dying Social Subjects: Community and Mortality in the English Renaissance.