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I’m an English Ph.D. specializing in early modern English literature. I’ll be starting as an Instructor in English at Louisiana State University in August of 2016.

My research and teaching interests are early modern & medieval drama, prose, and poetry (including Shakespeare); heraldry and historiography; and book history/print culture.

My work on early modern heraldry–the practice of granting and regulating coats of arms–appears in the current issue of Early Modern Culture and in the Folger-affiliated collection Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare’s England.

My book project explores how the production and dissemination of heraldic images, texts, and material goods, i.e. the heraldic economy and its attendant literacies, 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.

You can contact me at kwill@lsu.edu.

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