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. Waldron received 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 Scale, takes up Shakespeare’s career-long exploration of the power of language to produce scalar effects, from concrete sensory experiences of space and time to complex models of collectivity and individuality. She recently completed a piece titled “Bare Stage and Manga Page: Scalar Mediation and Shakespeare’s Tempest,” for “Shakespeare and Comics,” a collection edited by Brandon Christopher and Jim Casey. She also co-edited, with Wendy Beth Hyman, a forthcoming special issue of the journal English Literary Renaissance, titled "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).
“Introduction: Interstitial Fictions” (co-written with Wendy Beth Hyman), 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.
- 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 Image
- Introduction to Literary Studies
- Genre and Genre Theory
- Shakespeare and Adaptation
- Literature, Media, and Science in the Age of Shakespeare
- Words and Images
- Project and Senior Seminars: Word and Image
- Introduction to Shakespeare
- Shakespeare’s Sexualities
- Shakespeare and Film
- Senior Seminar: Will & Jane
Service and Other Duties
- Director, Literature Program (2018 – 2021)
- Director, Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2006–2018)
Renaissance Drama, Post-reformation Religious Literature