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Publications of Sarah Beckwith    :chronological  alphabetical  combined  bibtex listing:


  1. S. Beckwith. Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness. Cornell University Press.  April, 2011.
  2. S. Beckwith and James Simpson (eds). Premodern Shakespeares. JMEMS.  January, 2010.
  3. S Beckwith and J Simpson. Premodern Shakespeare.40  2010. 1-5 pp. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  4. S Beckwith. Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi. U of Chicago P, 2001, Paperback ed. 2003.
  5. S Beckwith. Christ’s Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings. Routledge, 1996.


  1. S. Beckwith and David Aers. Reform and Cultural Revolution. JMEMS  (2005).
  2.  JMEMS.  Jan. 2003
  3. S. Beckwith and A. Wharton, eds.. --. JMEMS 32.2 (Spring, 2002).
  4. with D. Aers, eds.. Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern. JMEMS, special issue 31.3 (Fall, 2001).
  5. S. Beckwith and A. Wharton, eds.. --. JMEMS 30.2 (Spring, 2000).
  6.  The Cultural Work of Medieval Theatre: Ritual Practice in England 1350-1600. JMEMS, special issue 29.1 (Winter, 1999).
  7.  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)
  8. S. Beckwith and A. Wharton, eds.. --. JMEMS 29.2 (Spring, 1999).
  9.  Catholicism and Catholicity: Eucharistic Communities in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Directions in Modern Theology, edited by Gregory Jones and James Buckley,  Blackwell, 1999.
  10. S. Beckwith and A. Wharton, eds.. Body, Matter, Spirit. JMEMS, special issue 28.3 (Fall, 1998).
  11.  Communities in Transition. JMEMS, special issue 28.2 (Spring, 1998).

Essays/Articles/Chapters in Books

  1. N Bauer, S Beckwith, A Crary, S Laugier, T Moi and L Zerilli. "Introduction."  46
  2. S. Beckwith. "Language Goes on Holiday: English Allegorical Drama and the Virtue Tradition." JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES Ed. Jennifer Herdt. 42.1 (2012): 107-130. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [author's comments]
  3. S. Beckwith. "William Shakespeare and Stanley Cavell: Acknowledgement, Confession and Tragedy." Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies. Continuum, September, 2011.
  4. with Beckwith/Aers. "The Eucharist." Cultural Reformations. Ed. James Simpson and Brian Cummings. Oxford University Press, 2010. 153-165.
  5. S. Beckwith. "Acknowledgement and Confession in Cymbeline." Shakesepeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmeodern Perspectives. University of Notre Dame Press, 2011. 97-126.
  6. S. Beckwith. "Shakespeare’s Resurrections." Shakespeare and the Middle Ages. Ed. Curtis Perry and John Watkins. Oxford University Press, October, 2009.
  7. S. Beckwith. "Middle English Drama." The Cambridge Companion to Middle English Literature. Ed. Larry Scanlon. Cambridge University Press, June, 2009.
  8. S Beckwith. "Drama."   [doi]  [abs]
  9. D Aers and S Beckwith. "Discerning the Body."  
  10. S. Beckwith. "Medieval Penance, Reformation Repentance and Measure for Measure." Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England. Ed. Gordon McMullan and David Matthews. Cambridge University Press, Spring, 2007. 193-204.  [author's comments]
  11. S Beckwith. "Long review essay on Catholic Shakespeares." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England  (Winter, 2006)
  12. S Beckwith. "Preserving, Conserving, Deserving the Past: A Meditation on Ruin in Postwar Britain in five Fragments.." A Place to Believe In: Locating Medieval Landscapes. Ed. Clare Lees and Gillian Overing. Penn State University Press, 2006, Winter, 2006. p. 191-210.
  13. "The Play of Voice: Acknowledgment, Knowledge and Self-Knowledge in Measure for Measure." Spectacle and Public Performance in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Ed. Robert Stilman. Brill, Spring, 2006.
  14. S. Beckwith. "The Play of Voice: Knowledge, Acknowledgment and Judgement in Measure for Measure." Spectacle and Public Performance in Medieval Europe. Ed. Robert Stillma. Brill, 2005. 
  15. S. Beckwith. "Repairs in the Dark: Medieval Penance and Reformation Repentance in Measure for Measure." Reading the Medieval in the Early Modern edited by David Mathews and Gordon MacMullan. Cambridge University Press, 2005. 
  16. Sarah Beckwith. "Office,Role,Persona: Martin Marprelate’s Contribution to Theater History." Image and Imagination of the Religious Self in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe edited by Walter Melion.  2005.  [author's comments]
  17. Beckwith. "Preserving, Deserving, Conserving the Past: A Meditation in Fragments on Ruin as Relic in Post War England." eds, Lees and Overing. Ed. Clare Lees and Gillian Overby. State Press, 2004. 
  18. "Stephen Greenblatt's Hamlet and the Forms of Oblivion." JMEMS  (Jan. 2003)  8000 words
  19. S Beckwith. "Absent Presences: Resurrection Theatre in York." Festschrift for Derek Pearsall. Ed. D. Aers, Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer.  2000. 
  20. S Beckwith. ""Pytussely beholde": Duffy, Consolation and the Contemporary Past." Assays. Ed. P. Knapp.  1997. 
  21. S Beckwith. "The Present of Past Things: The York Corpus Christi Theatre as a Contemporary Theater of Memory." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  (1996)
  22. S Beckwith. "Sacrum Signum: Sacramentality and Dissent in York’s Theatre of Corpus Christi." Dissent in the Middle Ages. Ed. Rita Copeland. Cambridge UP, 1996.
  23. S Beckwith. "Ritual, Theatre and Social Space in York’s Play of Corpus Christi." Bodies and Disciplines: Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth Century England. Ed. Barbara Hanawalt and David Wallace. U of Minnesota P, 1995.
  24. S Beckwith. "Passionate Regulation: Enclosure, Ascesis and the Feminist Imaginary." SAQ 93.4 (1994): 803-824.
  25. S Beckwith. "Making the World in York and the York Corpus Christi Cycle." Framing Medieval Bodies. Ed. Sarah Kay and Miri Rubin. Manchester UP, 1994. 254-276.
  26. S Beckwith. "Problems of Authority in Late Medieval English Mysticism: Language, Agency and Authority in The Book of Margery Kempe." Exemplaria 4 (1 Mar. 1992): 171-199.
  27. S Beckwith. "Ritual, Church and Theatre: Medieval Dramas of the Sacramental Body." Culture and History: Essays on English Communities, Identities and Writing 1350-1600. Ed. David Aers, Hemel Hempstead. Harvester, 1992. 65-90.
  28. S Beckwith. "The Power of Devils and the Hearts of Men: Notes Towards a Drama of Witchcraft." Shakespeare and the Changing Curriculum. Ed. Nigel Wheale and Lesley Aers. Routledge, 1991. 143-161.
  29. S Beckwith. "A Very Material Mysticism: The Medieval Mysticism of Margery Kempe." Medieval Literature: History, Criticism and Ideology. Ed. David Aers.  1986. 34-57.

Book Reviews

  1. S Beckwith. Are there any women in Shakespeare's plays?: Fiction, representation, and reality in feminist criticism.  New Literary History 46.2 (January, 2015): 241-260.
  2. N Bauer, S Beckwith, A Crary, S Laugier, T Moi and L Zerilli. Feminist Investigations and Other Essays Introduction.  NEW LITERARY HISTORY 46.2 (2015): V-XIII. [Gateway.cgi]
  3. D Aers and S Beckwith. Reform and cultural revolution: Introduction.  JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 35.1 (2005): 3-11. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  4. S Beckwith. Review of Michal Kobialka’s This is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages.  Theatre Journal (forthcoming).
  5. D Aers and S Beckwith. Hermeneutics and ideology: Introduction (Religious writing in the medieval and early modern periods).  JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 33.2 (2003): 211-213. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  6. S Beckwith. Stephen Greenblatt's 'Hamlet' and the forms of oblivion (Exploring the hermeneutics of the new historicism in early modern English literature).  JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 33.2 (2003): 261-280. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  7. D Aers and S Beckwith. Introduction - Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern.  JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 31.3 (2001): 443-444. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  8. S Beckwith. The body broken: The Calvinist doctrine of the Eucharist and the symbolization of power in sixteenth-century France.  CHURCH HISTORY 69.1 (March, 2000): 183-185. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  9. S Beckwith. Review of Covert Operations: Secrecy in Middle English Literature.  Studies in the Age of Chaucer. 1999.
  10. S Beckwith. Introduction - The cultural work of medieval theater: Ritual practice in England, 1350-1600.  JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 29.1 (1999): 1-5. [Gateway.cgi]
  11. S Beckwith. Review of The Body Broken: the Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth Century France.  Church History. 1998.
  12. S Beckwith. English communities in transition, 1350-1600 - Introduction.  JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 28.2 (1998): 257-262. [Gateway.cgi]
  13. S Beckwith. Review of Texts of the Passion: Latin Devotional Literature and Medieval Society.  Studies in Philology. 1996
  14. S Beckwith. Review of Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages by George Duby; Consent and Coercion to Sex and Marriage in Ancient and Medieval Societies, edited by Angeliki E. Laiou; Wife and Widow in Medieval England, edited by Sue Sheridan Walker.  Medievalia et Humanistica (1996).
  15. S Beckwith. Review of Feminist Approaches to the Medieval Body. ed. Sarah Stanbury and Linda Lomperis. Speculum. 1995
  16. S Beckwith. Review of The New Medievalism. ed. Marina Borwnlee, Kevin Brownlee and Stephen Nichols. Envoi: A Review Journal of Medieval Literature. 3.21993
  17. S Beckwith. Kingsley and the Women.  Review of Kingsley Amis’s ’The Old Devils,’ New Socialist.45 (Jan. 1987).
  18. S Beckwith. Women sing the Blues.  Review of Wilfrid Mellers’ Angels of the Night, Women’s Review.14/15 (Jan. 1987).
  19. S Beckwith. Steven Berkoff’s Theatre of the Grotesque.  Review of Sink the Belgrano, New Socialist.42 (Oct. 1986).
  20. S Beckwith. Schlock up your Daughters.  Review of recent ’exploitation’ cinema, New Socialist.40 (July, 1986).
  21. S Beckwith. Women beware Barker.  Review of Howard Barker’s Women Beware Women, New Socialist.39 (June, 1986).
  22. S Beckwith. Review of Geoff Dyer’s Ways of Telling: The Works of John Berger.  City Limits.276 (Jan. 1986).


  1. S Beckwith. "The Mind’s Retreat From the Face." (January, 2003).
  2. S Beckwith. "Skepticism and the Tasks of Theater: Stanley Cavell and the Commitments of Speech." SAQ (January, 2003).
  3. S Beckwith. "Program notes for Adrian Noble’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth for Barbican, Stratford, US tour.." (1993).
  4. "How to Do Words with Things: Medieval Theatre and the Sacrament of the Word." (). forthcoming; a book of essays on medieval theatre

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