Jennifer Waldron

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Contact Information

Associate Professor

jwaldron@pitt.edu

CL 517H

Jennifer Waldron specializes in the fields of Renaissance drama and post-Reformation religious controversy in England. Her interests include comparative media studies, ritual and performance theory, and histories of gender and the body. Waldronreceived her BA in Comparative Literature (French, Spanish, and English) from Oberlin College, her MA in English Literature from New York University, and her PhD from Princeton University. Her first book, Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater, reexamines secularization narratives about Elizabethan and Jacobean drama in light of Protestant investments in the sacramental and symbolic powers of the human body. Her current book project, Shakespeare and the Sense of Scaletakes up Shakespeare’s career-long exploration of the power of language to produce effects of scale, from concrete sensory experiences of space and time to complex models of collectivity and individuality. She also co-edited, with Wendy Beth Hyman, a forthcoming special issue of the journal English Literary Renaissancetitled "Theorizing Early Modern Fictions."

Research and Publications

“The Politics of Scale in Shakespeare’s Henry V: Fiction, History, Theater,” forthcoming in “Theorizing Early Modern Fictions,” a special issue of English Literary Renaissance 52.3 (Autumn 2022).

“Then Face to Face: Timing Trust in Macbeth,” in Face to Face in Shakespearean Drama: Ethics, Performance, Philosophy, edited by Matthew Smith and Julia R. Lupton (Edinburgh University Press, 2019). 

“Dead Likenesses and Sex Machines: Shakespearean Media Theory,” for A Handbook of Shakespeare, Gender, and Embodiment (Oxford, 2016), edited by Valerie Traub.

Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

“Shakespeare, Synaesthesia, and Post-Reformation Phenomenology,” Criticism 54.3 (2013): 403–417, in a special issue on “Shakespeare and Phenomenology,” ed. James Kearney and Kevin Curran.


Teaching

Graduate Courses

Early Modern Mass Media: Print, Performance, Publics 
Gender and the Body on the Early Modern Stage 
Shakespeare and Adaptation 
Theory/Technology/Media from Plato to Video Games (co-taught with Dan Morgan) 
Word and Image

 

Undergraduate Courses

Early Modern Literatures in English
Introduction to Critical Reading 
Introduction to Shakespeare
Junior Seminar: Word and Image
Junior Seminar: Tragedy
Lectures in Literature
The Renaissance in England

Courses

Graduate Courses

Early Modern Mass Media: Print, Performance, Publics

Gender, Technics, and Media from Plato to Video Games

Gender and the Body on the Early Modern Stage

Word and ImageIntroduction to Literary Studies

Genre and Genre Theory

Shakespeare and Adaptation

Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Shakespeare

Shakespeare and Social Justice

Shakespeare’s Sexualities

Shakespeare and Film

Senior Seminar: Will & Jane

Projectand Senior Seminars: Word and Image

ProjectSeminar: Tragedy

Service and Other Duties

Director, Literature Program (2018 – 2021)

Director, Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2006–2018)


Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater
Jennifer Waldron. Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013