Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of English
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.
- Ph.D., King's College 1992
- M.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1982
- B.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1981
Beckwith, S. Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness. April 2011.
Beckwith, S. Reform and Cultural Revolution: Writing English Literary History 1350-1547. Ed. D Aers and S Beckwith. 2005.
Beckwith, S. Hermeneutics and Ideology: Reading Medieval and Early Modern Texts. Ed. D Aers and S Beckwith. 2003.
Beckwith, S. Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi. University of Chicago Press, 2001.
Beckwith, S. Sacrifice. Ed. D Aers and S Beckwith. 2001.
Beckwith, S. Christ’s Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings. Routledge, 1996.
Beckwith, S. "William Shakespeare and Stanley Cavell: Acknowledgement, Confession and Tragedy." Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies. Continuum, September 2011.
Beckwith, S. "Acknowledgement and Confession in Cymbeline." Shakesepeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmeodern Perspectives. University of Notre Dame Press, 2011. 97-126.
Aers, D, and Beckwith, S. "The Eucharist." Cultural Reformations. Ed. J Simpson and B Cummings. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Aers, D, and Beckwith, S. "The Eucharist." Cultural Reformations. Ed. B Cummings. 2010. 153-165.
Beckwith, S. "Shakespeare’s Resurrections." Shakespeare and the Middle Ages. Ed. C Perry and J Watkins. Oxford University Press, October 2009.
Beckwith, S. "Middle English Drama." The Cambridge Companion to Middle English Literature. Ed. L Scanlon. Cambridge University Press, June 2009.
Aers, D, and Beckwith, S. "Discerning the Body." Collection on Medieval and ReformationCulture. Ed. B Cummings and J Simpson. Oxford UP, 2008.
Beckwith, S. "Are there any women in Shakespeare's plays?: Fiction, representation, and reality in feminist criticism." New Literary History 46.2 (March 1, 2015): 241-260. (Review) Full Text
Beckwith, S. "Language Goes on Holiday: English Allegorical Drama and the Virtue Tradition." JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 42.1 (2012): 107-130. Full Text
Beckwith, S. "William Shakespeare and Stanley Cavell: Acknowledgement, Confession and Tragedy." (September 2011). (Academic Article)
Beckwith, S, and Aers, D. "Reform and Cultural Revolution." JMEMS (2005). (Introduction)
Beckwith, S. "Stephen Greenblatt's Hamlet and the forms of oblivion." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 33.2 (January 29, 2003): 261-280. Full Text
Beckwith, S. "Skepticism and the Tasks of Theater: Stanley Cavell and the Commitments of Speech." SAQ (January 2003).
Aers, D, and Beckwith, S. "Hermeneutics and ideology: Introduction (Religious writing in the medieval and early modern periods)." JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 33.2 (2003): 211-213. Full Text
Beckwith, S. "Review of Michal Kobialka’s This is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages." Theatre Journal (January 2003).
Beckwith, S. "Program notes for Adrian Noble’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth for Barbican, Stratford, US tour." (January 2003).
Beckwith, S. "The Mind’s Retreat From the Face." (January 2003).
Forms of Conversion: Religion, Culture, and Cognitive Ecologies in Early Modern Europe and its Worlds awarded by Mcgill University, Montreal (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2019
Paper Dolls awarded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2002