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Jennifer Holl

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 144​
(401) 456-4653

Academic Background

Ph.D., M.Phil. City University of New York Graduate Center
M.A. Virginia Tech
B.A. James Madison University

I joined the RIC English Department in 2013, after completing my Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York the same year. At CUNY, my studies focused on Shakespeare and early modern English literature and culture, the history of the early English theater, celebrity studies, and film, economic, and postmodern theories. In my research, I am primarily interested in the social construction of knowledge and the ways in which variously defined communities collaboratively craft, revise, and perpetuate cultural narratives—whether through the everyday forum of gossip, the elevation of stars as cultural symbols, or in the practice of adaptation and appropriation. I am currently working on a book project based on my dissertation, Stars Indeed: The Celebrity Culture of Shakespeare’s London.

Here at RIC, I teach courses in Shakespeare, British literature, film and adaptation, and literary and cultural theory. Additionally, I serve as the English Department liaison to the Shinn Study Abroad Program. As an undergraduate, I spent a semester in London and was fortunate enough to study at Shakespeare’s Globe, so I can attest to the transformative benefits of studying abroad. I encourage any interested English majors to contact me.

My outside interests are much the same as my professional ones: I love to write, travel, and go to the theater.

Courses Taught

English 345: Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies
English 325: Film and Literature
English 205: Backgrounds in British Literature to 1800
English 202: Literary Studies: Theory and Criticism
English 201: Literary Studies: Analysis
English 123: Studies in Literature and Genre
English 122: Studies in Literature and the Canon
FYS 100: Gossip, Scandal, and Social Knowledge

Selected Publications

YouShakespeare: Shakespearean Celebrity 2.0.” Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare. Eds. Christy Desmet, Natalie Loper, and Jim Casey. (Forthcoming, 2016)

“‘if this be worth your hearing’: Gossip on the Early Modern Stage.” Who Hears in Shakespeare? Auditory Worlds on Stage and Screen. Eds. Laury Magnus and Walter Cannon. Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2011.

Page last updated: January 18, 2019