I am a Graduate Fellow at Emory University’s Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry where I am completing my dissertation, “Killing Time on the Early Modern Stage: Tempo, Judgment, and the Art of Defense.” As the title of my dissertation suggests, the expression “killing time” captures a model of time as embodied and adversarial that would have been familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. More than an abstract unit of measurement, time for early moderns incorporated timing, and, by extension, ethical questions of appropriateness and opportunity. I use discussions of temporality featured in fencing manuals, a crucial but under-researched source, to demonstrate the centrality of embodied time to early modern theater. The keywords tempo and judgment guide my analysis of the dissertation’s objects of study, Every Man in His Humor, Bartholomew Fair, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, and Arden of Faversham. On the granular level, I examine how common temporal tactics taught in fencing manuals inform the dramatic structure of early modern plays. More broadly, I explore the broader questions of aesthetics and cognition that considering time as an embodied skill opens.
You’ll find details here about my literature and academic writing classes, such as “Shakespeare and Games,” “Hobbies and the Self: From Greeks to Geeks,” and “Bad Influences.” I also coach fencing at the Decatur School of Arms alongside my husband, Master-at-Arms David Coblentz. We focus on Italian rapier, and are interested in curriculum development for Renaissance fencing.