Graduate Students in Rennaisance
I am an incoming first year in the UMass MA/PhD program for English Literature. My main area of curiosity is Renaissance literature, and specifically gender, sexuality and queer theory in Shakespeare’s comedies and in early print research. Another area that has recently become of interest to me is Medieval literature and the connections between medieval and Renaissance texts. My undergraduate research and Thesis at Union College was focused on Romanticism and Modern Dystopic literature, which has been important to me for some time. I hope to continue to draw on these areas in my graduate study, and I look forward to teaching students so that I can share my passion of literature with others.
I am a fourth year MA/PhD beginning work on my area exams this summer and fall. My areas are currently loosely defined as domesticity and the household in seventeenth century British drama and literature, and the history of the book, focusing on women in the book trade and manuscript culture. I am interested in the transmission of knowledge through networks of women, particularly the exchange of culinary, medical, and scientific knowledge that originates in the household. I can most frequently be found at the Renaissance Center, where I am an editorial assistant for the Sidney Journal and for the Massachusetts Studies in Early Modern Culture book series, and a co-chair of the Renaissance graduate conference held at the Center each October. Beginning this year I am also one of four Graduate Employee Organization Stewards for the English department.
BA, Honors, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2009; MA, UMass Amherst, 2011. Interests include poetry and prose of British Renaissance, especially the reception of classical ideas and transmission of classical texts in the period.
A first-year Doctoral Student with a primary focus in Renaissance Literature and secondary foci in Textual Studies and the Digital Humanities.
I am a PhD Candidate in the process of writing my dissertation. My research interests include English Renaissance Drama, Dramatic Genre, Metatheatricality, and Theatrical Efficacy.
Lauren L. Rollins
I am a second year doctoral student and will complete my coursework in Early Modern English literature in the fall. My areas of specialization are early modern theater, particularly the work of Thomas Heywood, and the role of piracy in empire formation, especially as demonstrated through literary representations of the diplomatic relationship between England and Spain.