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Sarah BeckwithSarah Beckwith  
Katherine Everett Gilbert Distinguished Professor and Bass Fellow

Office Location: 302A Allen, Box 90014, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 684-2741
Email Address: ott@duke.edu

Office Hours:

Fall 2022 Semester:

Mondays between 1:00-3:00 pm and by appointment (315A Allen)


Ph.D., King's College London (United Kingdom)

M.A., University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

B.A. with Honors, Oxford University

B.A., University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

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. Beckwith, S. Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi. University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  2. Beckwith, S. Christ’s Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings. Routledge, 1996.
  3. Beckwith, S. Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern. ed. Aers, D; Beckwith, S. Jmems 31.3 (Fall, 2001).
  4. Beckwith, S. The Cultural Work of Medieval Theatre: Ritual Practice in England 1350-1600. ed. Beckwith, S. 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. Beckwith, S. "Absent Presences: Resurrection Theatre in York." Festschrift for Derek Pearsall. Ed. Aers, D; Woodbridge, B; Brewer,.  2000. 

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