Renaissance Colloquium

Nov 14, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description
Sawyer Kemp

Sawyer Kemp is a scholar of Shakespeare, early modern drama, and performance. Kemp's first book project, “Shakespeare and the Paradox of Access” investigates the rhetoric and industry of “accessibility” in contemporary Shakespeare performance. Exploring access as a tool for feminist and queer critique, this project analyzes theater’s impact on and outreach to communities of trans and gender non-conforming people, sexual assault survivors, and people with disabilities. Kemp's other ongoing research project, “Trans Methodologies for Early Modern Texts” imagines how contemporary social justice issues like homelessness, state violence, and dysphoria could inform and situate historical investigations of early and pre-modern gender nonconforming figures. Kemp's work has appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and the edited collection Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare. Kemp's most recent article, “Two Othellos: Transitioning Anti-Blackness” was published in a social justice-themed special issue of Shakespeare Bulletin edited by David Sterling Brown and Sandra Young.

Department of English