Kristen Abbott Bennett

Fall 2019

As I revisit my long-neglected site this morning, I can’t help but think of the irony of trying to describe myself, or anyone, in a static page. One need think only of Heraclitus to remember that only flux is constant.

Since my last, I have spun along on lady Fortune’s wheel to settle, for as long as she lets me settle, at Framingham State University as an Assistant Professor teaching Shakespeare and all things early modern, Chaucer, and Drama. I have been lucky to land softly, surrounded by compassionate scholar-teachers and students who constantly inspire me.

I have a backlog of updates to post and aim to catch-up by 2020, at which point the future will have been written.


Spring 2018

I finished my PhD at Tufts University in 2013 and teach throughout Boston. Since graduation, I’ve been negotiating the gap between digital and conventional research and teaching methods. My dissertation was entitled Thomas Nashe and Early Modern Protest Literature. People have asked me countless times: why not Shakespeare? If one asked my students, they’d say I am obsessed with Shakespeare! But I performed the deep dive with Nashe because he is, frankly, more difficult to grapple with than Shax. My work with Nashe gave me great insight into the socio-cultural, political, performative, and collaborative contexts that both writers emerged from.

For more information about my publications discussing Nashe, Shakespeare, plus their medieval and classical predecessors, and DH research and pedagogical methods, here’s my CV.

In 2014, my colleague Jeff Kahan interviewed me for The Shakespeare Standard and filled in some of the gaps on my CV. I just re-read the piece before posting and realize how much I have learned in the past few years — and inexpressibility sets in.

Growing up with an average number of 4 dogs at any given time, I never thought I’d be a cat person. Yet I seem to be on my 5th of 6th life — and then there are the cats.

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