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Shakespeare Garden in San Francisco

At the Shakespeare Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

I’m an English Ph.D. teaching business writing and first-year writing at Monmouth College. My graduate studies focused on early modern English literature, particularly drama and prose.

I recently gave a lecture on Shakespeare’s coat of arms & the heraldry wars at the Folger Shakespeare Library in conjunction with its exhibition on heraldry and family history in Shakespeare’s England. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in receiving the the audio file and accompanying PowerPoint. The exhibit runs through October, so check it out if you’re in D.C.

My research and teaching interests include Shakespeare, heraldry, historiography and the chronicle, book history and print culture, and composition. My dissertation (which is now a book project) focuses on heraldry, a centuries-old symbolic system that was undergoing great change during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. The project explores early modern heraldry as a form of visual and verbal literacy that supported the aspirations and memories of different communities. Following a history of heraldry and its regulation, I discuss official and unofficial responses to the rise of heraldic texts, including readers’ marginalia and early modern drama’s treatment of the topic. My research shows that heraldry was much more than medieval nostalgia or status symbol. Rather, both in text and onstage, it created and thrived on contemporary relationships and conflicts.

Feel free to get in touch with me at kwill@monmouthcollege.edu!

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