Sarah Case

B.A. Wellesley College (2010)
M.Phil. University of Cambridge, Christ’s College (2011)

Sarah's dissertation, “Increase of Issue: Poetry and Succession in Elizabethan in England” investigates the role that poetry played in debates about the succession during the reign of Elizabeth I. Focusing on works by Elizabeth I, George Puttenham, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare, it explores how the crisis of the uncertain succession provided an opportunity for poetic innovation, as well as the reciprocal influence that poetry and other forms of rhetoric had on debates about gender and monarchical power in the sixteenth century and beyond.

In the 2017-18 AY, Sarah will be a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow in the Princeton Writing Program, where she teaches an interdisciplinary Writing Seminar on landscape. She has also been an AI for courses on Shakespeare, science fiction, and the role of words and music in twentieth-century song.

Sarah’s research has been supported by the Harriet A. Shaw Graduate Fellowship and the Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship. In the past, Sarah has coordinated the Graduate Colloquium on Contemporary Poetry and the Renaissance Colloquium, served as the English Department's Graduate Recruitment Assistant, and served on the Princeton Research Day Outreach Committee.

Selected Publications: 


Review of "Sonia Hernandez-Santano (ed.). William Webbe. A Discourse of English Poetry," The Review of English Studies 68 (2017): 373-75.