Shakespeare Garden in San Francisco

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

I’m an English Ph.D. teaching writing at Monmouth College. My graduate studies at the University of Michigan focused on early modern English literature, and my research and teaching interests include Shakespeare, heraldry, historiography and the chronicle, book history and print culture, and composition.

My 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 historiography that encompassed multiple forms of literacy and supported the aspirations and memories of different communities. 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.

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.

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


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