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Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


James Knapp

Title/s: Associate Professor
Graduate Programs Director; Edward Surtz, S.J. Professor of English

Specialty Area: British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, Shakespeare, the history of the book, literature and visual culture, literary and aesthetic theory

Office #: Crown Center 423

Phone: 82241

E-mail: jknapp3@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://www.cornellroadrecords.com/knapp.html


Offices Held:

Discipline Representative (Literature), Renaissance Society of America; Editorial Board, Shakespeare Yearbook, Journal of Narrative Theory


B.A., Philosophy, Drew University (1990); M.A., English Literature, Temple (1994), Ph.D., English Literature, University of Rochester (1998)

Research Interests

British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries; Shakespeare; the history of the book; literature and visual culture; literary and aesthetic theory

Selected Publications

 “The Illustrations to the 1577 edition,” in The Oxford Handbook to Holinshed’s Chronicles, ed. Paulina Kewes, Ian Archer, Felicity Heal, and Henry Summerson (Oxford University Press, 2013), 111-32.

“Phenomenology and Images: Static and Transformative Images in Shakespeare’s Dramatic Art,” Criticism 54.3 (2012): 377-89.

“Penitential Ethics in Measure for Measure,” Shakespeare and Religion, ed. Ken Jackson and Arthur Marotti (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), 256-85.

“A Shakespearean Phenomenology of Moral Conviction,” in Shakespeare and Moral Agency, ed. Michael Bristol (New York & London: Continuum, 2010), 29-41.

“The Bastard Art: Woodcut Illustration in Sixteenth-Century England,” in Parenting and Printing in Early Modern England, ed. Douglas Brooks (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), 151-72.

“Visual and Ethical Truth in The Winter’s Tale,” Shakespeare Quarterly 55.3 (Fall 2004): 253-78.


Image Ethics in Shakespeare and Spenser (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Illustrating the Past in Early Modern England: The Representation of History in Printed Books (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003).

Work in Progress:

 “Mental Bodies in Much Ado About Nothing” in Embodied Cognition in Shakespeare’s Theatre: The Early Modern Body-Mind ed. Laurie Johnson, Lyn Tribble, and John Sutton (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

Shakespeare and the Power of the Face, edited collection (Ashgate, forthcoming).


Department of English
Crown Center for the Humanities
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

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