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Claudia Ludwig

Current Research Interests:

  • The influence of classical literature upon early modern literature
  • 16th and 17th century literature about utopias and other ideal societies


  • Vanderbilt University, currently enrolled in the English PhD Program
  • Vanderbilt University, Master of Arts in English, December 2015
  • King’s College London, Master of Arts in Shakespeare Studies, January 2014
  • University of Toronto, Honors Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in English and Classical Civilizations, June 2012

Professional Development:

  • Participant in the London Critical Theory Summer School at Birkbeck, University of London, Summer 2016
  • Participant in “A Folger Introduction to Research Methods and Agendas” at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Spring 2015

Conference Papers:

  • “The Meaning of Play in Dido, Queen of Carthage,” UCSB Annual Early Modern Center Conference, March 2016
  • “The Sound of Sorrow in Ovid and Shakespeare: Men, Tears, and the Complaint Genre,” South Central MLA, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2015
  • “Child Actors and Child Characters: Studying the Children of the Chapel through Dido, Queen of Carthage,” Vanderbilt University Graduate Student Conference, September 2015
  • “Resurrecting Ophelia: Bringing Ophelia Back to Life in Young Adult Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet,” 25th Annual International Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Toronto, March 2015


  • ENGL 1210W.03 Prose Fiction: Forms and Techniques, Spring 2017

Theme: The Bildungsroman Genre

  • ENGL 1210W.08 Prose Fiction: Forms and Techniques, Fall 2016

Theme: The Odyssey and Modern Adaptations of It

  • ENGL 1230W.12 Literature and Analytical Thinking, Spring 2016

Theme: The Revenge Tragedy Genre

  • ENGL 1230W.05 Literature and Analytical Thinking, Fall 2015

Theme: The Gothic Genre


Participation in the English Department and Graduate School:

  • Graduate Student Council (GSC) Co-VP of Community Affairs, Spring 2016-Spring 2017
  • English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Representative to the GSC, Fall 2015-Spring 2016
  • EGSA Academic Committee Representative, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

EGSA Co-Social Chair, Fall 2014-Spring 2015