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)
Katherine Schaap Williams is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in ELH, English Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, Early Theatre, and several edited collections. Most recently, she edited the 1605 play Eastward Ho by George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, for The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, edited by Jeremy Lopez (Routledge, 2020). Her forthcoming monograph, which brings together early modern English drama, critical disability studies, and performance theory, is entitled Unfixable Forms: Disability, Performance, and the Early Modern English Theater (Cornell UP, 2021). She is currently at work on essays about dramatic character, repetition, and disability in modern performance, and is beginning a new project on disability and early modern discourses of sovereignty.

Unfixable Forms: Disability, Performance, and the Early Modern English Theater. Forthcoming from Cornell University Press, 2021.

Edition and scholarly introduction, George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Ho (1605). The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, edited by Jeremy Lopez (Routledge, 2020).

"Disability Studies." The Arden Research Handbook of Contemporary Shakespeare Criticism, edited by Evelyn Gajowski (Arden, 2020).

"Demonstrable Disability." Early Theatre 22, no. 2 (2019): 185-97.

"‘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, edited by Allison Hobgood and David Houston Wood. Disability Studies Quarterly 29.4 (2009).

Other Writing
"Representations of Richard." Program note for the Donmar Warehouse production of Teenage Dick by Mike Lew. World premiere in London, UK. 6 December 2019 - 1 February 2020.

Co-author of "Come Hither, Actors: Textuality/Temporality/Materiality/Physicality." Linked series of collaborative posts by members of the "What Acting Is" seminar, led by Joseph R. Roach, at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Collation. 14 February - 6 March 2019

"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 Staging of Disability." Article commissioned by the British Library for "Discovering Literature: Shakespeare" web resource. (2016).

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