Department of English

University of Toronto

Williams, Katherine

Katherine Williams k. Williams
Assistant Professor; Graduate Faculty, University of Toronto St. George
UTSG Office Phone: 416-978-0384
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 926
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Tuesdays 2:00pm-4:00pm, and by appointment

Teaching and Research Interests: 16th and 17th century English literature, especially Shakespeare and early modern drama; critical disability studies; Renaissance history of medicine; performance theory; Global Shakespeare.

B.A. (Arizona State University); M.A, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)


“‘More legs than Nature gave thee’: Performing the Cripple in The Fair Maid of the Exchange.” ELH 82.2 (Summer 2015): 491-519.

“‘Strange Virtue’: Staging Acts of Cure.” In Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body, edited by Sujata Iyengar (Routledge, 2014).

“Performing Disability and Theorizing Deformity.” In “Shakespeare and Theory” special issue, Vol. II, edited by François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory. English Studies 94.7 (Fall 2013): 757-772.

Reprinted in Shakespeare and the Future of Theory, edited by François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory (Routledge, 2016).

“Enabling Richard: The Rhetoric of Disability in Richard III.” In “Disabled Shakespeares” special section. Disability Studies Quarterly 29.4 (2009).

Other Writing
“Bedouin Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Tempest.’” Entry on Shakespeare production in the United Arab Emirates in the quatercentenary year for Performance Shakespeare 2016 (2017).

Richard III and the Performance of Disability.” Article commissioned by the British Library for “Discovering Literature: Shakespeare” web resource. (2016).

Work in Progress
I am currently completing a book on the staging of disability in the early modern theater, entitled Unfixable Forms: Disability and Performance in Early Modern England; I am also editing the 1605 play, Eastward Ho, by George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, for the forthcoming Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama (2019), edited by Jeremy Lopez.

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