Jennifer Feather

Contact Information

Office: MHRA 3110
At UNCG Since: 2008


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

Research Interests

Dr. Feather’s research looks at depictions of violence and their relationship to constructions of identity primarily in what one colleague called “the long sixteenth century”. Specifically, she is interested in how violence impacts shifting notions of embodiment and aristocratic male identity. Her scholarly and pedagogical interests include theories of violence and trauma, theories of embodiment, gender, and sexuality, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century British historical writing, interdisciplinary and historical approaches to literature, and early modern anatomies.

Selected Publications

  • Monographs:
    Writing Combat and the Self in Early Modern English Literature: The Pen and the Sword.(New York: Palgrave, 2011).
  • Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

    “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

  • Summer Excellence Grant, UNCG, 2011.
  • Marc Friedlaender English Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG, 2010-11.
  • New Faculty Research Grant, UNCG, 2009-2010.
  • Undergraduate Student Government Teaching Excellence Award for Inspiring Students, Case Western Reserve University, 2008.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Seminar Approaches to General Education and Scholarship Program, Case Western Reserve University, 2006-2008.
  • Graduate Student Fellowship, to participate in the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women Research Seminar, entitled “The Language of Victimization,” Brown University, 2005-2006.
  • Mellon Workshop Grant, workshop entitled “Sex and Violence: the Experience of Embodiment,” Brown University, 2005-2006.
  • Grant-in-Aid, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2004.


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