Vin Nardizzi specializes in English Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare. He also has research interests in ecotheory, plant studies, queer studies, and disability studies. His first book, Wooden Os: Shakespeare’s Theatres and England’s Trees (University of Toronto Press, 2013), brings into view the forest and the trees of Renaissance drama: it explores the surprising connections among Shakespeare’s theatre, drama set “in the woods,” and an environmental crisis that propagandists claimed would lead to an eco-political collapse – an unprecedented scarcity of wood and timber. The Society for Theatre Research short-listed it for the 2013 Theatre Book Prize. His current project, Marvellous Vegetables in Renaissance Poetry, investigates the surprising array of vegetable capacities, deprivations, desires, essences, and materialities that shaped ideas of humanness in Renaissance poetry and the visual arts. With Stephen Guy-Bray and Will Stockton, he has edited Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze (Ashgate, 2009); with Jean E. Feerick, he has co-edited The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and with Robert W. Barrett Jr., he is co-editing a special issue of postmedieval called “Premodern Plants.” He was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize in 2011 and was in residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in 2014-15. He has received research funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Insight Development), the Shakespeare Association of America, and the Huntington Library. With colleagues at UBC and Simon Fraser University, he currently co-convenes “Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds.”

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Degrees: BA (Penn.), PhD (Duke)
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