I’m an English Ph.D. (Michigan ’14) currently teaching at Monmouth College. My main research and teaching interests are early modern & medieval drama, prose, and poetry (including Shakespeare); heraldry and historiography; and book history and print culture.

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’ve got several essays forthcoming: an essay on heraldic satire in a supplemental volume of The Coat of Arms journal, and one on heraldic beasts for a special issue of Early Modern Culture: An Electronic Seminar.

My book project explores how the production and dissemination of heraldic images, texts, and material goods–i.e., the heraldic economy–shaped conversations about 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 its attendant discourses both appealing and effective for readers, writers, and viewers outside 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!

You can also contact me anytime at kwill@monmouthcollege.edu.


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