Ph.D. • English • University of Pennsylvania • 2013
M.St. • English, 1550-1780 • University of Oxford • 2006
B.A. • English & French • Middlebury College • 2004
¶ I am assistant professor of English at Penn State University (PSU), where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare, early modern drama, the history of the book, and theater history. I previously taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
¶ I am completing monograph entitled Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England, which studies typographic experimentation and convention in plays printed between the early sixteenth and early eighteenth centuries. In chapters about special characters (¶, ☞, ❧, &c), punctuation (—, [ ], ✻, &c), scene division, and illustration, I focus on the difficulties and creativity involved in remediating modes of “theatricality” into readable matter and argues for the vitality of mise-en-page to our understanding of how plays by Marlowe, Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, Shakespeare, Dryden, and others were performed and read in the period. The book is an extension of my dissertation, which was awarded the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize in 2013 by the Shakespeare Association of America. I have received support for this project from the Folger Shakespeare Library (long-term fellowship, 2014-15), the Bibliographical Society of America (Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades, 2015-16), VCU's Humanities Research Center (residential fellowship, Spring 2016), and the Huntington Library (Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowship [short-term], 2016-17).
¶ My next book project, entitled Accidental Shakespeare, investigates how the New Bibliographic orthodoxy of distinguishing “substantive” features of early printed plays (words) from “accidental” ones (punctuation, spelling, and anything else affecting the "formal presentation” of the text) has shaped the editing and study of Shakespeare—and early modern drama more generally. I study the fact and concept of textual “accident” in a variety of pre-modern and modern contexts to show that conceptions of “Shakespeare” have always been contingent on the uses of and attitudes towards so-called “accidentals” in the printed texts of his plays. I was awarded a residential faculty fellowship at Penn State's Center for Humanities & Information (CHI), as well as fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, for AY 2018-19 to pursue work on this project.
¶ My work has been published or is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare, SHARPNews, and edited collections on Christopher Marlowe at the intersection of print and performance; Shakespeare in print after 1642; and early modern marginalia.
¶ A panel that I organized with Tara L. Lyons (Illinois State University) called “Shared Archives, New Methods: Book History & Theater History Across Media” featured on the program of the Shakespeare Association of America's 2017 meeting in Atlanta GA. You can read more about it over here. Last March, I spoke at the Folger Institute's annual spring symposium, “Shakespeare's Theatrical Documents,” which I wrote about here. Along with Megan Heffernan (DePaul University) and Scott Trudell (University of Maryland), I organized a special session for the 2016 Modern Language Association Convention entitled “Deranged Verse: Inter-Media Arrangements in Seventeenth-Century England.” You can read our proposal here. In April 2015, I ran a seminar with Jonathan P. Lamb (University of Kansas) entitled “Shakespeare and Book Design” at the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. You can read the Twitter stream of that seminar here.
¶ You can always find my updated C.V. here. You can also contact me by writing to roaringgirle [at] gmail [dot] com and follow me on Twitter [at] roaringgirle, where I mostly tweet about book history, typography, early modern drama, pedagogy, and (yes!) indoor cycling (which I also teach).