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Eggert, Katherine Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment, and Professor


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  • Katherine Eggert is a scholar of the European Renaissance and particularly English Renaissance literature. Her publications have focused primarily on Renaissance science and alchemy; on literary representations of queenship and of England's Queen Elizabeth I; on film adaptations of Shakespeare; and on the authors William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Margaret Cavendish, and John Milton, among others. Her current interests include Renaissance science, the history of emotion, and the way Renaissance intellectual history is portrayed in English Renaissance literature. Her most recent book is on alchemy, literature, and the end of humanism in the English Renaissance. Current projects include a book on Renaissance happiness.


  • English Renaissance literature, English Renaissance drama, English Renaissance poetry, Renaissance culture and society, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Milton, English metaphysical poetry, Renaissance science, Renaissance alchemy, Renaissance philosophy, Renaissance occult philosophy, feminist theory, feminist film theory, feminist performance theory, Shakespeare on film, Renaissance literary genres


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