The American Civil War impacted America greatly in many ways. One group of people heavily impacted were American women reading Shakespeare. My project looks at Shakespeare's Transatlantic influence, focusing on his influence on women of the American South. I am looking at Shakespeare Reading Groups founding by women in the American South and their shift from hobbyist groups to philanthropic groups post American Civil War. My project also looks at trans-historical attitudes present in both Shakespeare's works and works of the American South by examining Othello and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee alongside each other. I aim to explain the importance of these trans-historical attitudes by examining two works that on first glance may seem to have nothing to do with each other, but as we examine these attitudes, it allows us to understand our society and how things change and remain the same.
I began my academic career in Athens, West Virginia, where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in English Literature with minors in History and Philosophy from Concord University. After graduation I worked at my local newspaper, The Princeton Times before I moved to Everett, WA where I worked in childcare. I returned to academia in 2017, where I obtained an MA in Shakespeare from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Shakespeare and the American South are my passions and I love researching the ties between the two, but in my spare time outside of research, I enjoy reading, creative writing, sewing and enjoying the outdoors.