Katherine Larson’s research and teaching centre on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, with particular interests in early modern women’s writing, gender and language, rhetoric and embodiment, and music (especially opera and song). Her first monograph, Early Modern Women in Conversation (Palgrave, 2011), considers how gender shaped conversational interaction in England between 1590 and 1660. She has also co-edited two essay collections, Re-Reading Mary Wroth (Palgrave, forthcoming 2015) and Gender and Song in Early Modern England (Ashgate, forthcoming 2014), as well as special issues of Renaissance and Reformation and the University of Toronto Quarterly. Katherine’s articles have examined topics ranging from early modern games to the songs pervading Moulin Rouge. Her current book project integrates her training as a singer in its exploration of song performance, gender, and rhetorical affect in the early modern context.
Katherine’s work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Connaught Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Bodleian Library, and the Renaissance Society of America. She is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2008 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature and a Rhodes Scholarship. In 2014-2015, Katherine is in residence at the Jackman Humanities Institute as a Chancellor Jackman Research Fellow.