Jane Hwang Degenhardt
W333 South College
Jane Hwang Degenhardt received her BA from Hamilton College and her PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on early modern drama, but is often informed by and in conversation with questions that lie at the heart of critical race and gender studies. She approaches Shakespeare’s plays trans-historically and places them in conversation with writers of color and theoretical discussions of race and gender. Her undergraduate courses focus on Renaissance drama, ethnic American literature, and racial and inter-generational trauma. Her recent graduate teaching addresses the historical underpinnings of race as well as its development in relation to changing definitions of the human and emerging templates for the post-human. She is the author of Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage (2010). She is completing a book entitled Fortune’s Empire: Chance, Providence, and Overseas Ventures in Early Modern English Drama that explores the meaning of chance, luck, and risk--and how these concepts develop in relation to emergent capitalism--in the context of early English global expansion. She is also beginning a new book project with Henry Turner on pluralistic understandings of the concept of “world” that sources its arguments in Shakespeare’s plays as well as in contemporary creative fiction and non-fiction writing, in visual and performance art, and in film and digital media.
- "The Reformation, Inter-imperial World History, and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus," PMLA 130.2 (2015): 401-11.
- “Purifying the Pursuit of Gold in Thomas Heywood’s Fair Maid of the West,” Historical Affects and the Early Modern Theater, eds. Michelle Dowd, Ronda Arab, and Adam Zucker (Routledge, 2015), 152-68.
- “The Metatheatrical Mediterranean: Theatrical Contrivance and Miraculous Reunion,” Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean, eds. Barbara Fuchs and Emily Weissbourd (University of Toronto Press, 2015), 221-48.
- “Cracking the Mysteries of ‘China’: China(ware) in the Early Modern Imagination,” Studies in Philology 110.1 (Spring 2013): 133-68.
- “Foreign Worlds,” The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare, ed. Arthur Kinney (Oxford University Press, 2011), 433-57.
- Introduction to Religion and Drama in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2011).
- “Catholic Prophylactics and Islam’s Sexual Threat: Preventing and Undoing Sexual Defilement in Massinger’s The Renegado,” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 9.1 (Spring/Summer 2009): 62-92.
- “Situating the Essential Alien: Sui Sin Far’s Depiction of Chinese-White Marriage and the Exclusionary Logic of Citizenship,” Modern Fiction Studies 54.4 (Winter 2008): 654-88.
- “Virgin Martyrdom in Dekker and Massinger’s The Virgin Martyr and the Contemporary Threat of Turning Turk,” ELH 73.1 (Spring 2006): 83-118.
Courses Recently Taught
Recent graduate courses
- The Human, the Post-Human, and Race: From The Tempest to The Shape of Water
- Early Modern Political Economy and Discourses of Fortune
- Renaissance Discourses of Fate, Luck, and Human Will
- Early Modern Drama and the World Stage: Transnationalism, Inter-imperialism, Globalization
- New Directions in Shakespeare Studies: Disability, Eco-criticism, Materialism, Sexuality Studies