I’m a University of Michigan English Ph.D. currently teaching at Monmouth College. My research and teaching interests include early modern and medieval literature, especially Shakespeare; heraldry; historiography and the chronicle; book history and print culture; and composition.

My work on early modern heraldry–the practice of granting and regulating coats of arms–appears in the Folger-affiliated collection Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare’s England, edited by Nigel Ramsay (check out the TLS review here). I also have a piece on heraldic satire forthcoming in a supplemental volume of The Coat of Arms journal.

My research focuses on heraldry, the practice of granting and regulating coats of arms. In my current book project, I show that the production and dissemination of heraldic images and texts helped shape various early modern communities’ views of class, labor, gender, and ethnicity. Using archival research and analyses of prose, drama, and popular verse, I argue that the conflicts surrounding this symbolic institution drew on multiple forms of literacy and helped shape early modern historiography.

In July 2014, I 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!

Contact me anytime at kwill@monmouthcollege.edu.


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