Sarah BeckwithSarah Beckwith  
Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of English and Professor of Theater Studies and Chair and Bass Fellow and Professor of Religion

Office Location: 302A Allen, Box 90014, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3342, (919) 684-2741
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Ph.D., King's College

M.A., University of Oxford (UK)

B.A. with Honors, Oxford University

B.A., University of Oxford (UK)

Medieval Literature
Renaissance/Early Modern Literature
Sarah Beckwith works on late medieval religious writing, medieval and early modern drama, and ordinary language philosophy. She is the author of Christ's Body: Identity, Religion and Society in Medieval English Writing (London: Routledge, 1993, pbk 1996); Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York's Play of Corpus Christi (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001, pbk 2003), and Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011, pbk 2013). She is currently working on a book about Shakespearean tragedy and about philosophy's love affair with the genre of tragedy and The Book of Second Chances, a book about versions of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. She co-edited JMEMS for several years, and co-founded the book series Re-Formations with the University of Notre Dame Press and is the editor of numerous collections of essays and journals.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. S Beckwith. Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi. manual. University of Chicago Press, 2001, Paperback ed. 2003.
  2. S Beckwith. Christ’s Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings. manual. Routledge, 1996.
  3. S Beckwith. Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern. JMEMS 31.3 (Fall, 2001).
  4. S Beckwith. The Cultural Work of Medieval Theatre: Ritual Practice in England 1350-1600. JMEMS 29.1 (Winter, 1999).
  5. S Beckwith. "Catholicism and Catholicity: Eucharistic Communities in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives." Directions in Modern Theology Ed. G. Jones and J. Buckley. 15.2Blackwell, (March, 1999)  [abs]
  6. "Stephen Greenblatt's Hamlet and the Forms of Oblivion." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  (Jan. 2003)  8000 words  [abs]
  7. S Beckwith. "Absent Presences: Resurrection Theatre in York." manualFestschrift for Derek Pearsall. Ed. D Aers and B Woodbridge and Brewer.  (2000) 2000.