About


Yale_GSASI’m a PhD candidate in English at Yale University, where I research, teach, and write about early modern literature.

My work examines how English playwrights from William Shakespeare to John Milton helped to develop the concept of representation: the idea that the words and actions of one person, group, or thing could stand in for those of another with affective, social, legal, and political force. With an emphasis on emerging theories of representative government, it charts how these authors explored the rights and powers one gives up when one is represented in this way—and the strange new forms of voice, access, and collective agency or selfhood one might gain in return.

Other research interests include book history, the history of Shakespearean performance and editing, gender and sexuality studies, and law and literature. My writing on some of these topics appears in the journals Eighteenth-Century Studies, Milton Studies, and Early Theatre; the edited collection Shakespeare and Consciousness; and the Marginalia Review of Books. A full list of my publications and awards can be found in my CV.

My approach both to working with students and to my own research sits at the intersection of two fields: the history of the book and the digital humanities. See the pages on my DH and book history scholarship for more details, or visit my Teaching page for information on my courses.

For news about recent and upcoming talks, see my Presentations page. Follow me on Twitter @andrew_s_brown for other updates, or feel free to email me with any questions!