I’m an English Ph.D. (Michigan ’14) currently teaching at Monmouth College. My research and teaching interests include early modern and medieval drama and prose (including Shakespeare); heraldry; historiography; book history and print culture; composition; and business writing.

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 have a piece on heraldic satire forthcoming in a supplemental volume of The Coat of Arms journal, and I’m currently writing an essay about heraldic beasts for a special issue of Early Modern Culture focused on fabulous animals.

My book project shows how the production and dissemination of heraldic images and texts–i.e., the heraldic economy–helped shape conversations about class, labor, gender, and ethnicity in early modern England. Using archival research and analyses of prose, drama, and popular verse, I show that this symbolic institution drew on multiple forms of literacy and historiography, making heraldic rhetoric appealing to communities beyond the English arms-bearing elite.

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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