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Katherine Rowe
Professor of English
Bryn Mawr
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19004
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Curriculum Vitae


                                   Detail from Webster Two Point Oh, Brian Dettmer, 2008. By permission of the artist.

Katherine Rowe


Professional History

Professor of English, Bryn Mawr 2004 - present
Associate Professor, Bryn Mawr 1998 - 2004
Assistant Professor of English. Yale University 1992 - 1998

Chair, Dept. of English, 2006-present (on leave 2009-10)
Director, Mellon Tri-College Faculty Forum for faculty development, at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore, 2002 – 2004


Tisch School of the Arts, NYU             Graduate coursework in Cinema Studies, 2005 - 2006
Harvard University                                  Ph.D. English and American Literature, 1992
Harvard University                                  M.A.  English and American Literature, 1987
Carleton College                                    B.A.  English and American Literature, 1984


New Wave Shakespeare on Screen. With Thomas Cartelli. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2007.

Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion. Edited and Introduced with Gail Kern Paster and Mary Floyd-Wilson. Philadelphia, PA: Penn Press, 2004.

Dead Hands: Fictions of Agency, Renaissance to Modern. Stanford: Stanford University Press, December, 1999.

Book series

Reproducing Shakespeare: New Studies in Adaptation & Appropriation. Palgrave MacMillan. 2009 --. Series co-editor with Thomas Cartelli. Books in production include:

Special journal issues

Shakespeare Quarterly 61:4: “Shakespeare and New Media,” guest editor. To be released Winter 2010.

Anglistica 'Shakespeare and/in the media: old and new', co-editor with Anna Maria Cimitile, University L'Orientale, Naples, Italy. To be released Summer 2011.


“Crowd-sourcing Shakespeare: Screen Work and Screen Play in Second Life™.” Forthcoming in Shakespeare Studies 38, “After Shakespeare on Film,” 2010.

“Shakespeare and Media History.” Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, ed. Margreta Degrazia and Stanley Welles. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

“Temporal Drag in Shakespearean Media Studies.” Western Humanities Review, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2008, 34-53.

“Medium-Specificity and other Critical Scripts for Screen Shakespeare.” In Diana Henderson, ed., Alternative Shakespeares 3. New York, NY: Routledge, 2007.

 “Inconstancy: Changeable Affections in Stuart Dramas of Contract.” In Mary Floyd-Wilson and Garrett Sullivan, eds. Environment and Embodiment in Early Modern England. New York, NY: Palgrave, 2007.

“A Lover’s Complaint.” The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Poems, ed. Patrick Cheney. Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2006.

Surviving Shakespeare: Kristian Levring’s The King Is Alive.” With Thomas Cartelli. Borrowers & Lenders, The Journal of Shakespeare Appropriation 1:2 (Fall) 2005.

“The Politics of Sleepwalking: American Lady Macbeths.” Shakespeare Survey 57, Macbeth and its Afterlife, ed. Peter D. Holland, 2004: 147-56.

“Humoral Knowledge and Liberal Cognition in Davenant’s Macbeth.” In Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion, ed. Gail Kern Paster, Katherine Rowe, and Mary Floyd-Wilson. Penn Press, 2004. 169-191.

“Minds in Company: Shakespearean Tragic Emotions.” In A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works, Vol. I, ed. Richard Dutton and Jean Howard. Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2003, 47-72.

“‘Remember Me’: Technologies of Memory in Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet.” In Shakespeare, the Movie, II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, Television, and DVD, ed. Richard Burt and Lynda Boose. New York: Routledge, 2003, 37-55.

—. "Online version of “‘Remember Me’” with playable clips, hosted by Critical Commons.

“Memory and Revision in Chapman’s Bussy plays” Renaissance Drama 31, “Performing Affect” (2002): 125-152.

“Finding the Biases in a Community of Scholars” with Alison Cook-Sather and Elliott Shore, Liberal Education, Winter, 2002:48-53.

“John Bulwer.” In British Rhetoricians and Logicians, 1500-1660, ed. Edward Malone.  Dictionary of Literary Biography series, Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, January, 2001.

 “‘God’s handy worke’: Divine Complicity and the Anatomist’s Touch.” In The Body in Parts: Rhetoric and Anatomy in Early Modern Europe, ed. David Hillman and Carla Mazzio. London: Routledge, 1997, 285-312.

 “Dismembering and Forgetting in Titus Andronicus,” Shakespeare Quarterly, 45:3. Fall (1994): 279-303.

        —. Reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism 43 (Winter, 1999).

        —. Reprinted in William Shakespeare: The Scholarly Literature, ed. Stephen Orgel. Ten volumes.  New York: Garland Publishing, October 1999.

Digital humanities projects

Open review collaboration, MediaCommons Press and Shakespeare Quarterly, for issue 61:4, “Shakespeare and New Media,” Spring 2010.

Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia, Editor for the online edition, under contract (2011 publication date), Cambridge University Press. General Editor: Bruce Smith.

“Writing with Film.” A website of pedagogical resources for working with film in English courses. Developed with colleagues in English, staff at Information Services, and BMC undergraduate.


Rev. of Victoria Kahn, et al. Politics and the Passions, 1500-1850. Shakespeare Survey, 2008.

Rev. of Adam Lowenstein, Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film. Screen, 2006.

Rev. of John Wilders, ed. Macbeth in Performance. Shakespeare Quarterly, Fall 2006

Rev. of Lisa Parks, Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual. Television & New Media 7:3, August 2006.

Rev. of Jonathan Gil Harris, Sick Economies: Drama, Mercantilism, and Disease in Shakespeare's England. Shakespeare Studies, 2005.

Rev. of Philippa Berry, Shakespeare’s Feminine Endings: Disfiguring Death in the Tragedies. Shakespeare Quarterly, Winter 2001.

Rev. of Katherine Duncan-Jones, Ungentle Shakespeare. Phila. Inquirer, June, 2001.

Rev. of Benjamin Woolley, The Queen’s Conjurer. Phila. Inquirer, February 25, 2001.

Rev. of Marina Leslie, Renaissance Utopias and the Problem of History.  Bryn Mawr Journal of Comparative Literature, 1:1 (1999).

Grants, fellowships, prizes

NEH Office for Digital Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Co-PI with Bruce Smith, USC. “The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia: An International Digital Resource for Study, Teaching, and Research.” $24,901, 2009-2011

Mellon New Directions Supplementary Fellowship for Humanistic Studies. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $50K, 2009           

Folger Shakespeare Library Short Term Fellowship: “Robert Hamilton Ball Papers: Exhibition and Theory,” $2500, 2009           

Mellon 23 Grant, Symposium on “The (new) Digital Archivalism, The Liberal Arts College, and the Humanities.” Co-PI with Laura McGrane, Haverford and Timothy Raylor, Carleton, $13,500, 2008

Tricollege Forum Fellowship, Symposium on “The (new) Digital Archivalism, The Liberal Arts College, and the Humanities.” Co-PI with Laura McGrane, Haverford, $2000, 2008

Mellon New Directions Fellowship for Humanistic Studies. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $250K, 2005-08

Tricollege Consortium Fellowship for Teacher-Scholars, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2004

Pennsylvania Dept. of Education: Improving Technology at Colleges and Universities. Co-PI with Juana Rodriguez and Jonathan Kahana, $106K, 2002

Tri-College Forum Fellowship (co-PI with Nora Johnson, Swarthmore), 2002

Madge Miller Fund Grant, Bryn Mawr College, 2002

Curricular Development Grant, Bryn Mawr: “Quoting Audio-Visual Texts”, 2002

Madge Miller Fund Faculty Grant, Bryn Mawr, 1999

Moore Foundation Grant for curricular innovation, Yale University (declined), 1997-8

Griswold Grant, Yale University, 1666-7

Morse Fellowship, Yale University, 1995

Mellon Grant for Dissertation Research, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1990

Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Directing an Undergraduate Thesis, Harvard, 1990

Danforth Prize for Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 1989

Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1986

Recent papers and invited lectures

Keynote address, “Architectures of Shakespearean Desire: Virtual Globe theaters from Hollar to Second Life.” “Love and Sight: Conference sponsored by the Early Modern Studies Seminar, University of Toronto, Canada, April, 2010       

“Shakespeare 2.0,” workshop leader, Shakespeare Association of America, annual convention, Chicago, IL, April, 2010  

"'On Your Imaginary Forces Work': Shakespeare's Globe and Taymor's Coliseum." Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater’s Scholarship and Performance series. Philadelphia, January, 2010         

 “Crowd-sourcing a Shakespeare Encyclopedia,” for the Special Session “Editing Beyond the Author Function. ” MLA annual convention Philadelphia, December, 2009

“Virtual Theater History: Teaching with Theatron.” With Mark Childs, Theatron, Coventry University UK. “Virtual Worlds and Pedagogy,” digital roundtable sponsored by the MLA Committee on Information Technology. MLA annual convention Philadelphia, December, 2009

“Shakespeare and Media Change,” La Salle University, October, 2009

Keynote address, “Screen Labor and Screen Play: Public Shakespeare in Second Life™.” Media Ecology Association annual convention, Walter J. Ong Center for Language and Culture, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, June 18-21

Respondent, Shakespeare and Cultural Value seminar. Shakespeare Association of America, annual convention, Washington, D.C., April, 2009

“Screen Play.” For Public Shakespeares, sponsored by the Shakespeare Division, Modern Language Association of America Annual Convention, San Francisco, December, 2008

“Screening Shakespeare.” Public lecture at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA April, 2008

Keynote address, “Newfangled / Oldfashioned,” Critical Renovations Conference, University of Utah, Salt Lake, November, 2007

Keynote address, “Shakespearean Media Scripts,” Ohio Shakespeare Conference, Akron, October, 2007

Round-table, “Shakespeare’s Audiences Now.” Shakespeare Association of America, San Diego, April, 2007

“Inconstancy and Contract,” International Shakespeare Association, Brisbane, Australia, July, 2006

“The Largest Audience.” Shakespeare Association of America, Seminar on Contextualizing Film, Philadelphia, April, 2006

“Cross-dressing on stage and screen: Twelfth Night to She’s the Man.” Lower Merion HS, March, 2006

“Screening Shakespeare.” BMC Alumni lecture, Bryn Mawr, March, 2006

“Almereyda’s Hamlet.” Friends Central HS film class, January, 2006

 “Vernacular Shakespeare: Riffing and Sampling Macbeth in Scotland, PA.” Penn State University, April, 2005

“Film Reception and its Discontents.” Shakespeare’s Audiences Now, sponsored by the Shakespeare Division, Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C., December, 2005

“Vernacular Shakespeare: Riffing and Sampling Macbeth in Scotland, PA.” December, University of Delaware, 2005

“Julie Taymor’s Ovidian Cinema.” Columbia Shakespeare Seminar. New York, November

“Managed Hearts: Genre and Emotion in Shakespearean Blason,” Renaissance Society of America, April, Cambridge, UK, 2005

“Shakespearean Film Theory.” Seminar leader, Shakespeare Association of America, March, Bermuda, 2005

“Almereyda’s Hamlet.” Friends Central HS film class, January, 2005

 “Tragedy, Melodrama, Romance: Competing Models of Contract in Early Stuart Drama.” For “What Kinds of History Do We Get from a History of Literary Kinds?” North American British Studies Conference, Philadelphia, October, 2004

 “Portable, Sustainable Ideas for Junior Faculty Development,” Mellon Foundation Conference for New Directions in Liberal Arts Colleges, June

 “Technologies of Memory.” Friends Central HS film class, April, 2004

 “Shot/reverse shot in the Shakespeare Classroom.” Master class for Secondary Teachers, Shakespeare Association of America, New Orleans, April, 2004

 “Inconstancy and Contract.” Seminar on Ecologies of the Early Modern Body, Shakespeare Association of America, New Orleans, April, 2004

 “Inconstancy and Contract.” Inhabiting the Body / Inhabiting the World Conference. UNC Chapel Hill, March, 2004

 “Almereyda’s Shakespeare.” Harvard University English Department Conference, “New Directions in English Studies,” Cambridge, MA, December, 2003

“Inconstancy in Renaissance City Tragedy.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, Newport Beach, October, 2003

“Shakespearean Emotion Scripts,” German Shakespeare Society, Bochum, April

“Technologies of Memory,” Harvard University, April, 2003

Recent professional activities

Executive Committee, Associated Departments of English, 2009-present

PhD Committee, Vanderbilt University, 2008-present

Editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly, 2006-present

Modern Language Association service: Ad Hoc Committee on the Structure of the Annual Convention, 2006-present; Convention Program Committee, 2001-2003, 2007

External department reviews, Amherst College, Carleton College, 2008

Junior Faculty Liaison, Bryn Mawr, 2007-2009 (mentoring and informal ombuds position, elected by the junior faculty)

Coordinator, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Bryn Mawr, 2006-2007

Treasurer, Lois Murphy For Congress. PA 6th Congressional District, 2004-2006        

“Saying Yes Strategically, Saying No Constructively in an Academic Culture.” Codesigner and leader, with Timothy Burke (Swarthmore) and Rob Fairman (Haverford). Tricollege Faculty Forum retreat for new faculty. October, 2002-07.


  • Lower Merion High School Girls Ultimate Frisbee, 2006-present. 2009 PA State Champions
  • Lower Merion Soccer Club, intramural team coach, 2003-2006
  • Bryn Mawr/Haverford Women’s Ultimate, 2001-2003

Reader, reviewer: Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Modern Philology, Borrowers & Lenders, Gesta, Shakespeare Survey, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Studies, and various academic presses, 1998-present         

Colloquia, symposia, workshops

“Saying Yes Strategically / Saying No Constructively." Designer and leader, a pre-convention workshop for newly hired faculty. Sponsored by the ADE Executive Committee, Philadelphia, December.

"Saying Yes Strategically / Saying No Constructively.” Designer and leader, workshop for newly hired faculty, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, October.

“The New (Digital) Archivalism,” Co-organizer, Mellon 23 faculty symposium, Haverford College, April, 2009

Philadelphia Working Group for Early Modern Studies. Co-founder, 1998-present.

 “New Formalism: a critical assessment.” Organizer, Trico Mellon seminar convened by the Philadelphia Area Working Group for Early Modern Studies, 2001.

“The Force of Memory in Late-Medieval and Renaissance Culture.” Seminar participant, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000.

 “Reading the Early Modern Passions,” Seminar participant, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000.

History of the Material Text, University of Pennsylvania. 1999-present.

Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, Yale University, 1993-98.

Ombuds 101: an introduction to dispute handling in organizations, The Ombudsman Association of America. Course completed, Boston, 1995.