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"Wearable Techne: Dressing Knowledge in Early Modern England"
This dissertation examines how clothes intersected with job performance in the early modern
period, operating, in effect, as “wearable technology.” I detail numerous possibilities of professional interaction with wearable media technologies with each chapter examining a different nuance of clothing performance as it relates to professional identity.The early modern texts I analyze, including poetry, prose, and drama, show clothing functioning as a wearable discourse to produce professional subjectivity. Through analysis of these texts, I argue that early modern professions relied heavily on garments’ interactions with bodies to mediate professional legibility and market availability. I focus on professions, as opposed to other kinds of occupations, because professionals operate in markets of knowledge exchange and performance; they rely on dress to imbue, embody, and transmit knowledge. To analyze the relationships between clothes and the bodies that labor through and with them, I engage current conversations in media and performance studies, fields that have explicated usefully how bodies and clothing intermingle. By approaching early modern costume as wearable technology, I aim to expand our understanding of how clothing and bodies “worked” together to create early modern professional subjects. Dressing knowledge was a (contested) part of professional knowledge.
Early Modern Literature and Culture
Dress, Costume, Fashion, Material Culture
Performance and Media and Technology Studies
Conferences and Presentations:
"Margaret Cavendish's Material Poetics" for "Old and New Materialism" seminar; Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles March 28-31 2018
"The Material Poetics of Margaret Cavendish," The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies 2016 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Chicago January 28-30 2016
Workshop Organizer (With Samantha Snively and Matthew Chacko): "Cavendish And . . . : Critical Receptions of "Mad Madge" in the 17th and 21st Centuries and the Questions of Historiography and Temporality," Attending to Early Modern Women: It's About Time, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, June 18-20 2015
"'Give Me My Gown': Performance, Professional Identity, and Material Culture in Early Modern Theatre and Law," "A Local Habitation and a Name" Locality and the English Theatre Conference hosted by the Early Modern Reading Group, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, April 24-25 2015
Graduate Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Research Initiative in Early Modern Studies 2013-2014
Winner of The Ohio State University Libraries' Undergraduate Research Prize (2012)
For "Recovering George D. Prentice: The Lost Mentor of Sarah Piatt"
Honorable Mention for The Ohio State University English Department's Robert E. Reiter Prize in Critical Analysis (2012) For "Recovering George D. Prentice: The Lost Mentor of Sarah Piatt"
Positions Held & Academic Service:
Theatre Survey, Book Reviews Assistant Editor, published by Cambridge University Press (2015 - 2017)
Norton Anthology of Poetry, Editorial Assistant to Margaret Ferguson (2016-2017)
English Graduate Student Association MLA Representative (2018)
English Graduate Student Association Co-Chair (2016-2017)
English Graduate Student Association Vice Chair (2015-2016)
English Graduate Student Association Treasurer/Secretary (2014-2015)