Katherine Walker, PhD
I am a Visiting Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College for 2019-2020 and will join the faculty of the University of Nevada Las Vegas as an Assistant Professor starting Fall, 2020. I earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. My book project, Instinct, Knowledge and Science on the Early Modern Stage, situates instinctive, intuitive, or embodied ways of knowing in sixteenth and seventeenth century culture. I explore a constellation of concepts regarding knowledge of and through the body by examining theatrical dramaturgy and performance alongside vernacular science. I am particularly interested in how marginalized figures adopt or advance methods of reading the environment on the stage. My work appears in the journals Prose Studies, Comitatus, Early Modern Literary Studies, Studies in Philology, and Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural and is forthcoming in English Literary History. I have also co-edited a special issue of postmedieval titled “Prophetic Futures” and am completing two editorial book projects, one on early modern almanacs and the other, with Arden, on a classroom and research resource titled Shakespeare and Science: A Dictionary.