Sarah Beckwith

Sarah Beckwith

Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of English

External Address: 
302A Allen, Box 90014, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90014, Durham, NC 27708-0680
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(919) 684-2741
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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., King's College 1992
  • M.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1982
  • B.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1981

Beckwith, S., and J. Simpson. Premodern Shakespeare. Vol. 40, 2010, pp. 1–5. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10829636-2009-011. Full Text Open Access Copy

Beckwith, S. Reform and Cultural Revolution: Writing English Literary History 1350-1547. Edited by D. Aers and S. Beckwith, vol. 35, 2005.

Beckwith, S. Hermeneutics and Ideology: Reading Medieval and Early Modern Texts. Edited by D. Aers and S. Beckwith, vol. 33.1, 2003.

Beckwith, S. Sacrifice. Edited by D. Aers and S. Beckwith, vol. 31.3, 2001.

Beckwith, S. “Hamlet’s ethics.” Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Philosophical Perspectives, 2017, pp. 222–46. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oso/9780190698515.003.0009. Full Text

Bauer, N., et al. Introduction. Vol. 46, 2015, pp. v–xiii. Scopus, doi:10.1353/nlh.2015.0012. Full Text

Beckwith, S. “William Shakespeare and Stanley Cavell: Acknowledgement, Confession and Tragedy.” Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies, Continuum, 2011.

Beckwith, S. “Acknowledgement and Confession in Cymbeline.” Shakesepeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmeodern Perspectives, University of Notre Dame Press, 2011, pp. 97–126.

Aers, D., and S. Beckwith. “The Eucharist.” Cultural Reformations, edited by James Simpson and Brian Cummings, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Aers, D., and S. Beckwith. “The Eucharist.” Cultural Reformations, edited by Brian Cummings, 2010, pp. 153–65.

Beckwith, S. “Shakespeare’s Resurrections.” Shakespeare and the Middle Ages, edited by Curtis Perry and John Watkins, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Beckwith, S. “Middle English Drama.” The Cambridge Companion to Middle English Literature, edited by Larry Scanlon, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Beckwith, S. “Drama.” The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100-1500, 2009, pp. 83–94. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CCOL9780521841672.007. Full Text

Aers, D., and Sarah Beckwith. “Discerning the Body.” Collection on Medieval and ReformationCulture, edited by Brian Cummings and James Simpson, Oxford UP, 2008.

Pages

Aers, D., and S. Beckwith. “Conversions.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 48, no. 3, Sept. 2018, pp. 433–34. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10829636-7048535. Full Text

Beckwith, S. “Reading for our lives.” Pmla, vol. 132, no. 2, Mar. 2017, pp. 331–36. Scopus, doi:10.1632/pmla.2017.132.2.331. Full Text

Beckwith, S. “Are there any women in Shakespeare's plays?: Fiction, representation, and reality in feminist criticism.” New Literary History, vol. 46, no. 2, Mar. 2015, pp. 241–60. Scopus, doi:10.1353/nlh.2015.0018. Full Text

Bauer, Nancy, et al. “Introduction.” New Literary History, vol. 46, no. 2, Project Muse, 2015, pp. v–xiii. Crossref, doi:10.1353/nlh.2015.0012. Full Text

Beckwith, S. “Language goes on holiday: English allegorical drama and the virtue tradition.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 42, no. 1, Dec. 2012, pp. 107–30. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10829636-1473118. Full Text

Aers, D., and S. Beckwith. “Reform and cultural revolution: Introduction.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 35, no. 1, Jan. 2005, pp. 3–12. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10829636-35-1-3. Full Text

Beckwith, S., and D. Aers. “Reform and Cultural Revolution.” Jmems, 2005.

Beckwith, S. “Stephen Greenblatt's Hamlet and the forms of oblivion.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, Jan. 2003, pp. 261–80. Manual, doi:10.1215/10829636-33-2-261. Full Text

Pages

Aers, D., and S. Beckwith. “The fortunes of tragedy.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 49, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1–5. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10829636-7279600. Full Text

Selected Grants

Paper Dolls awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2002