Duke University Linguistics Program

    Sarah T Beckwith
  • Sarah T Beckwith

  • English
  • Allen Building
  • Campus Box 90015
  • Phone: (919) 684-8705
  • Fax: (919) 684-8906
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014
    Wednesday 3-4pm and by appointment
  • Specialties

    • Medieval Literature
    • Renaissance/Early Modern Literature
  • Research Summary

    Medieval Literature, Shakespeare, Ordinary Language Philosophy
  • Research Description

    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.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • English,
      • King's College, London University,
      • 1992
      • B.A. with Honors,
      • English Language and Literature (Class awarded: Congratulatory First),
      • Oxford University,
      • 1981
  • Selected Publications

      • 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.
      • Routledge,
      • 1996.
      • "JMEMS."
      • Jan. 2003.
      • with D. Aers, eds..
      • "Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern."
      • JMEMS, special issue
      • 31
      • .3
      • (2001)
      • .
      • "The Cultural Work of Medieval Theatre: Ritual Practice in England 1350-1600."
      • JMEMS, special issue
      • 29
      • .1
      • (1999)
      • .
      • "Catholicism and Catholicity: Eucharistic Communities in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives."
      • Modern Theology
      • 15
      • .2
      • (Mar. 1999)
      • .
      • (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."
      • JMEMS
      • (Jan. 2003)
      • .
      • (8000 words)
      • "Absent Presences: Resurrection Theatre in York."
      • Festschrift for Derek Pearsall.
      • Ed. D. Aers, Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer.
      • 2000.
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  • PhD Students

    • Jill Sirko,
    • George Vahamikos,
    • George T. Vahamikos
  • Teaching

    • ENGLISH 184S.01
      • READINGS IN GENRE
      • Soc/Psych 128
      • MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    • ENGLISH 890S.01
      • SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR
      • Allen 317
      • W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM