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Profile: Valerie Traub

Title: Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies
Ph.D., Massachusetts-Amherst  1990

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Early modern literary and cultural studies; gender studies, queer studies, and the history of sexuality; feminist and historical methods.

Secondary Interests

Early modern anatomy and cartography; feminist theory


Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns (2015).

Co-editor, Gay Shame (2009).

“The Nature of Norms: Anatomy, Cartography, King Lear” (2009).
“The Joys of Martha Joyless:  Queer Pedagogy and the (Early Modern) Production of Sexual Knowledge,” (2008).
“The Past is a Foreign Country? The Times and Spaces of Islamicate Sexuality Studies" (2008).
“The Present Future of Lesbian Historiography” (2007).
“Friendship’s Loss: Alan Bray’s Making of History,” (2004).
“Sequence, Sexuality, and Shakespeare’s Two Loves" (2003).

The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England (2002).

“Mapping the Global Body” (2000).
“Sex Without Issue: Sodomy, Reproduction, and Signification in Shakespeare’s Sonnets” (1998).
“Gendering Mortality in Early Modern Anatomies” (1996).
Co-editor, Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects (1996).
Desire & Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama (1992).
  • The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment
  • Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns
  • Gay Shame

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Administrative Experience:
Chair, Department of Women's Studies (6 years)
Graduate Director, Department of English (3 years)

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