Katherine W Scheil

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, University of Toronto.
  • M.A.: English, University of Toronto.
  • B.A.: English and Music, Florida State University.


  • Shakespeare
  • early modern literature
  • theatre history and performance studies
  • archival study
  • history of reading
  • women's studies/feminist criticism/history of women
  • 18th-century literature
Courses Taught
  • Global Shakespeare
  • Women in Early Modern England
  • Shakespeare's Comedies
  • Gender and Genre in Renaissance Drama
  • Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare's Women
  • Shakespeare and After
  • Comedy
  • Restoration/Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Writing Women's Lives
  • Literary Landscape of Britain
  • Imagining Shakespeare's Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America. Cornell University Press, 2012.
  • Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama: Essays in Honor of Jill L. Levenson. Co-edited with Randall Martin, University of Toronto Press, 2011.
  • The Taste of the Town: Shakespearian Comedy and the Early Eighteenth-Century Theatre. Bucknell University Press, Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, 2003.
  • “Hathaway Farm: Commemorating Warwickshire Will Between the Wars,”Shakespeare Survey 71 (forthcoming 2018).
  • "New Places for Civic Shakespeare in America," New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity, ed. Paul Edmondson and Ewan Fernie. (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).
  • “Writing and Re-writing Shakespeare’s Life,” co-authored with Margreta de Grazia, James Shapiro, and Stanley Wells, edited by Paul Edmondson, Shakespeare Survey 70 (2017).
  • “Adapting the Comedies,”The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy, (2017).
  • “Shakespeare and Non-Fiction,”The Shakespearean World, ed. Jill Levenson and Rob Ormsby, (Routledge, 2017).
  • “Shakespeare Biography and the Geography of Collaboration,”Journal of Early Modern Studies 5 (2016), 69-90.
  • “Anne Shakespeare and the Hathaways,”The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography, ed. Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • “Between the Jubilees (1916): American Shakespeare Clubs,”Shakespeare Jubilees, 1864-2014, ed. Christa Jansohn and Dieter Mehl (Münster: LIT Verlag, 2015), 275-290.
  • “Cultural Diplomacy, Local Tourism and Romantic Myth: The Afterlives of Anne Hathaway Cottage,”Celebrating Shakespeare: Commemoration and Cultural Memory, ed. Coppelia Kahn and Clara Calvo (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • “Comedy,”Blackwell-Wiley Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, ed. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), 296-302.
  • “The Shakespeare Courtship in the Millennium,”Critical Survey: Special Issue on Shakespeare and Biography, edited by Paul Edmondson and Paul Franssen 25:1 (2013), 6-18.
  • “Importing Stratford,”Critical Survey: Special Issue on “Stratford” 24.2 (2012), 71-87.
  • “Shakespeare and Memoir,” in Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama: Essays in Honor of Jill L. Levenson (University of Toronto Press, 2011), 110-124. Image
  • “Introduction: Theorizing Shakespeare and Adaptation,” in Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama: Essays in Honor of Jill L. Levenson (University of Toronto Press, 2011), 3-21. Co-written with Randall Martin.
  • Contributor, The Shakespeare Encyclopedia, ed. Patricia Parker (Greenwood Press). Wrote the major entry on “Women Reading Shakespeare” covering early modern women to the present; wrote 39 entries on nineteenth- and twentieth-century women critics, writers, actresses in connection with Shakespeare; and 25 entries on eighteenth-century adaptors and adaptations of Shakespeare.
  • “Commemorating Shakespeare and Domestic Practices,”Critical Survey 22.2 (2010), 62-75.
  • “Filling in the ‘Wife-Shaped Void’: The Contemporary Afterlife of Anne Hathaway,”Shakespeare Survey 63 (2010), 225-36.
  • “Women Reading Shakespeare in the Outpost: Rural Reading Groups, Literary Culture, and Civic Life in America,”Reading in History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition (Pickering & Chatto, 2010), 91-9.
  • “The Second Best Bed and the Legacy of Anne Hathaway,”Critical Survey 21.3 (2009), 41-53.
  • “Shakespeare’s Comedies and American Club Women,”Shakespeare’s Comedies of Love: Essays in Honour of Alexander Leggatt (University of Toronto Press, 2008), 55-64.
  • “Public and Private Reading: Shakespeare and American Women’s Reading Groups,”Reader: Issues in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy 55 (Fall 2006), 36-55.
  • “‘Rouz’d by a Woman’s pen’: The Shakespeare Ladies’ Club and Reading Habits of Early Modern Women,”Critical Survey 12 (2000), 106-27; Special Issue: Reading in Early Modern England, ed. Sasha Roberts.
  • “Early Georgian Politics and Shakespeare: The Black Act and Charles Johnson’s Love in a Forest (1723),”Shakespeare Survey 51 (1998), 45-56.
  • “Sir William Davenant’s Use of Shakespeare in The Law Against Lovers (1662),”Philological Quarterly 76 (1997), 369-86.
  • Sauny the Scott: or, the Taming of the Shrew: John Lacy and the Importance of Theatrical Context in the Restoration,”Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture 1660-1700 21 (1997), 66-81; reprinted in The Taming of the Shrew, ed. Lawrence Trudeau (Columbia, SC: Layman Poupard, 2017).
  • “Samuel Johnson's Henry V and Modern Editorial Practice,”LUMEN 13 (1994), annual publication of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, 2017
  • Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota, Faculty Fellowship, 2017 - 2018
  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2014 - 2017
  • McKnight Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2007 - 2009