Office Hours: Spring 2014 Wednesday 3-4pm and by appointment
Renaissance/Early Modern Literature
Medieval Literature, Shakespeare, Ordinary Language Philosophy
Sarah Beckwith works on late medieval
religious writing, medieval and early modern drama, and ordinary language philosophy. She is the author of
Christ's Body: Identity, Religion and Society in
Medieval English Writing (London: Routledge, 1993, pbk 1996); Signifying God:
Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York's
Play of Corpus Christi (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001, pbk 2003), and Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011, pbk 2013).
She is currently working on a book about Shakespearean tragedy and about philosophy's love affair with the genre of tragedy and The Book of Second Chances, a book about versions of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. She co-edited JMEMS for several years, and co-founded the book series Re-Formations with the University of Notre Dame Press and is the editor of numerous collections of essays and journals.
King's College, London University,
B.A. with Honors,
English Language and Literature (Class awarded: Congratulatory First),
Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York's Play of Corpus Christi.
U of Chicago P,
2001, Paperback ed. 2003.
Christ's Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings.
with D. Aers, eds..
"Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern."
JMEMS, special issue
"The Cultural Work of Medieval Theatre: Ritual Practice in England 1350-1600."
JMEMS, special issue
"Catholicism and Catholicity: Eucharistic Communities in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives."
(based on conference being held at Duke, April 17-19, under auspices of the Homeland Foundation)
"Stephen Greenblatt's Hamlet and the Forms of Oblivion."
Readers may be divided into four classes: 1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. 2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. 3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. 4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge