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

Office Location: 302A Allen, Box 90014, Durham, NC 27708
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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.  JMEMS.  Jan. 2003
  2. with D. Aers, eds.. Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern. JMEMS, special issue 31.3 (Fall, 2001).
  3.  The Cultural Work of Medieval Theatre: Ritual Practice in England 1350-1600. JMEMS, special issue 29.1 (Winter, 1999).
  4.  Catholicism and Catholicity: Eucharistic Communities in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Modern Theology 15.2 (Mar. 1999). (based on conference being held at Duke, April 17-19, under auspices of the Homeland Foundation)
  5. "Stephen Greenblatt's Hamlet and the Forms of Oblivion." JMEMS  (Jan. 2003)  8000 words