Jennifer Feather

Jennifer Feather

Jen Feather

Office: MHRA 3110


Ph.D. Brown University-2006
M.A. Brown University-2002
B.A. Columbia University-1998

Research Interests

Early Modern Literature; Gender Studies; Theories of Trauma and Violence; Masculinity; Queer Theory; Public Humanities


Writing Combat and the Self in Early Modern English Literature: The Pen and the Sword. (New York: Palgrave, 2011).

Articles and Book Chapters

Religious Emotion and Racialization: Marlowe’s Sigismund and the Making of Europe. In England’s Asian Renaissance, edited by Su Fang Ng and Carmen Nocentelli. (University of Delaware Press, 2021) 99-125.

“Power, Sympathy, and Cruelty in the Tristia and Henry V.” In Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theater, edited by Lisa S. Starkes-Estes. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020) 147-63.

“’Every drop of blood / That Every Roman Bears’: Contagion and Cultural Difference in Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus.”  In Contagion and the Shakespearean Stage, edited by Mary Floyd Wilson and Darryl Chalk.  (New York NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019): 169-87.

“Shakespeare and Masculinity,” Literature Compass (April 2015): 1-12.

“’O blood, blood, blood’: Violence and Identity in Othello,Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 26 (2013): 240-63.

To ‘Tempt the Rheumy and Unpurged Air’: Contagion and Agency in Julius Caesar.” In Shakespeare and Moral Agency, ed. Michael D. Bristol (New York, NY: Continuum Books, 2010): 86-99.

Edited Collections

Violent Masculinities: Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts and Culture, eds. Jennifer Feather and Catherine Thomas, with an afterword by Coppélia Kahn (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Awards and Honors

National Awards

“Humanities Work and Worth: Place Making and Holding Space in North Carolina,” grant to sustain humanities infrastructure, Social Sciences Research Council, 2022.

“Environmental Justice in North Carolina: Storytelling for Positive Change,” grant for oral history project with the Town of Princeville, NC, Humanities Action Lab, 2022.

Humanities Working Groups for Community Impact Mini-Grants, provided a small grant to deepen collaboration between community partners, National Humanities Alliance, 2016.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Marc Friedlaender English Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG, 2019.

Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Award, competitive, university-wide grant that provides money for research in Women’s and Gender Studies, UNCG, 2019.

Summer Excellence Grant, competitive, university-wide grant that provides money for research to faculty over the summer, UNCG, 2011.

New Faculty Research Grant, UNCG, 2009-2010.

Public Humanities

“Mixed Feelings and Untenable Choices”

Mentioned in Newsom, John “The Syllabus: Back on campus during COVID-19, as told by UNCG faculty and students” Greensboro News and Record, August 31, 2020.

“Finding the Courage to Write”

Excerpted in Newsom, John “The Syllabus: Life in the time of COVID-19, as told by UNCG professors” Greensboro News and Record, May 14, 2020.

Reprinted in “Reflections in the Midst of COVID-19,” Greensboro News and Record, May 31, 2020.