Aaron W. Kitch

Affiliation: English
Associate Professor of English

Professor Kitch has published numerous articles on Renaissance and early modern literature—particularly drama—in England.  His first book focused on discourses and practices of political economy as they reshaped English literature, with a particular focus on Spenser’s Faerie Queene, minor epics by Shakespeare and Marlowe, satirical prose by Thomas Nashe, merchant plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe, and Ben Jonson’s Stuart court masques.  His current book project focuses on the shaping influence of natural philosophy on the emergence of new forms of theater by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  It approaches the permanent, professional playhouses that were built around London beginning in 1567 as forums for observing and interpreting what natural philosophers called the “Book of Nature.” 

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The Secret History of Magnets: Finding The Humanities in the History of Science

Curriculum Vitae

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  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MA, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • BA, Yale University