Coppelia Kahn Professor Emerita of English

She is the author of Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (1981) and Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997). She has published articles on Shakespeare's plays and poems, and on gender theory, Freud, Jacobean drama, and questions of race and nation in 20th century constructions of Shakespeare. She is co-editor of Representing Shakespeare: New Psychoanalytic Essays (1980); Shakespeare's Rough Magic: Essays in Honor of C.L. Barber (1985); Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985); and Changing Subjects: The Making of Feminist Literary Criticism (1993). Her current research concerns the creation of Shakespeare as a cultural icon in the 19th and early 20th centuries in discourses of race and empire. In 2009, she was president of the Shakespeare Association of America.

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research overview

Coppélia Kahn was among the first to introduce the question of gender into Shakespeare studies, in her book Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (1981) and many articles. She also wrote Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997), and co-edited Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985), which was translated into Japanese and Chinese. Her current research concerns race and national identity in 20th c. English and American constructions of Shakespeare.

research statement

My current research concerns the creation of Shakespeare as a cultural icon in the 19th and early 20th centuries in discourses of race and empire.

funded research

McEnerney Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley, 1965-66

ACLS travel grants, 1981, 1986

Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 1988

UTRA Grant, Brown University, summer 1989

Shakespeare Society of Japan travel grant, 1991

UTRA Grant, Brown University, 1991

Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, January-June 1993

UTRA Grant, Brown University, 1993

Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, March 1996

Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities, Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, awarded for 1997-98, deferred to 1998-99

UTRA Grant, Brown University, summer 2000

NEH Summer Stipend for Research ($5000), July-August 2003

Brown University Departmental Research Fund grant ($1500),
May-June 2003

Brown University Dean of the Faculty travel grant ($2,000),
for travel to Shakespeare Society of India meeting, March
2003

Folger Shakespeare Short Term Library Fellowship, January and
May, 2004

Research grant, English Department, $1,000, 2004

Research grant, English Department, $1,000, 2005 Research Grant, English Department, $1150, 2006

Folger Shakespeare Library, research grant for "Shakespeare in American Education, 1607-1934," conference held March 16-17, 2006, Washington, D.C.

Faculty Fellow, Pembroke Seminar 2007-8 (one-course relief, Fall 2007)

Humanities Research Grant, English Department, $777.00, 2009

International Travel Fund Grant, Brown University, to speak at conference in Simla, India, co-sponsored by Shakespeare Society of India and Indian Institute for Advanced Study, $750.00