Katherine Larson

Katherine Larson

Associate Professor and Chair


Mondays 3-4 PM, Thursdays, 1-2 PM, or by appointment


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). She is the author of Early Modern Women in Conversation, which considers how gender shaped conversational interaction in England between 1590 and 1660. She has also co-edited two essay collections, Re-Reading Mary Wroth and Gender and Song in Early Modern England. Katherine’s articles have examined topics ranging from early modern games to the songs pervading Moulin Rouge. Her most recent book, Texts in and of the Air: The Matter of Song in Early Modern England, which features a companion recording, situates song as a multi-dimensional form that demands to be considered in embodied, gendered, and performance-based terms. She is currently collaborating on the development of Early Modern Songscapes, a digital project that aims more fully to animate song’s least tangible, yet essential facets: its generic fluidity; its ability to register multiple meanings and permeate boundaries in unexpected ways; and its rootedness in the air. 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, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Jackman Humanities Institute. She is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2008 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature and a Rhodes Scholarship.

Research Interests: 

Early modern literature and culture; women’s writing; gender and language; music and literature.