Katherine Romack


Romack is co-editor of “Cavendish and Shakespeare, Interconnections,” a book that analyzes the plays of William Shakespeare and the writings of Margaret Cavendish. She is currently working on two book projects, “Women and the Poetics of Dissent in the English Revolution” and “Gender, Politics and Play on the Interregnum Stage,” which explores the dynamic performance traditions that flourished in England after the outbreak of the Civil War. Although the theatres were closed, the Interregnum had a proliferation of dramatic activity that illuminates the rapid transformation of gendered ontology that occurred between the decline of the boy actor and the rise of the actress.

Her work on 17th century women and culture includes essays on the drama and criticism of the prolific Cavendish, the deployment of tropes of monstrous maternity in women’s political writings and the poetics of early Quaker female pamphleteers. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Journal of Semiotics, Feminist Formations, and Genders.

In 2010, she received the Mary F. Rogers Women’s Studies Faculty Award, given annually to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the field of women’s and gender studies at UWF. From 2003 through 2005, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in drama in the Stanford Humanities Fellows Program.

Degrees & Institutions:

Romack received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in English from Syracuse University.

Keywords: women’s writing, gender theory, performance theory, Cavendish, Milton, Shakespeare