Welcome! I’m the CLIR Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto (2019-20). I received my PhD in English from Yale University, where I worked on early modern theatre and culture.
My first book-length project, Artificial Persons: Fictions of Representation in Early Modern Drama, asks: how did the stage contribute to the idea that we can authorize people not just to speak and act on our behalf, but to stand in for us and take on aspects of our personhood? Examining plays alongside imaginative prose, legal texts, corporate documents, and theological treatises, I argue that Renaissance drama can reinvigorate our sense of what it means (and how it feels) to be represented and to represent others in turn.
As a Postdoctoral Fellow, I’ve also started a second long-term project titled Water, Waste, and Rising Seas in the Early Modern Atlantic World. Here, I use methods from both digital humanities and the history of the book to explore how early modern English literature, law, and cartography developed a new concept of water as a vital form of infrastructure—a concept that extended across the Atlantic, and which continues to shape disputes over water rights today.
Other research interests include gender and sexuality studies, law and literature, religious toleration, and the history of Shakespearean performance and editing. I’ve written on these topics for the journals Studies in Philology, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Milton Studies, and Early Theatre; the edited collection Shakespeare and Consciousness; and the Marginalia Review of Books. A full list of publications and awards can be found in my CV.
For news about recent and upcoming talks (including audio recordings), see Presentations, or visit my Teaching page for information on my courses. Follow me on Twitter @andrew_s_brown for other updates, and feel free to email me with any questions!