Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


James A. Knapp

Title/s: Professor
Graduate Programs Director

Specialty Area: British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, Shakespeare, the history of the book, literature and visual culture, literary and aesthetic theory

Office #: Crown Center 423

Phone: 82241

E-mail: jknapp3@luc.edu


Offices Held:

Discipline Representative (Literature), Renaissance Society of America; Editorial Board, Shakespeare Yearbook, Journal of Narrative Theory, Renaissance Quarterly


B.A., Philosophy, Drew University (1990); M.A., English Literature, Temple (1994), Ph.D., English Literature, University of Rochester (1998)

Research Interests

British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries; Shakespeare; the history of the book; literature and visual culture; literary and aesthetic theory

Selected Publications


Shakespeare and the Power of the Face, ed. (Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2015).

Image Ethics in Shakespeare and Spenser (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Illustrating the Past in Early Modern England: The Representation of History in Printed Books (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003).

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Beyond Materiality in Shakespeare Studies,” Literature Compass 11/10 (2014): 677-690.

“Richard II’s ‘Silent, Tortured Soul’,” in Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy, ed. Jennifer Bates and Richard Wilson (Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press, 2014), 94-118.

“’Tis insensible then’?: Language and Action in 1 Henry IV,” in The Return of Theory in Early Modern Studies, vol. 2, ed. Paul Cefalu, Gary Kuchar, and Bryan Reynolds (New York: Palgrave, 2014), 185-206.

 “Mental Bodies in Much Ado About Nothing” in Embodied Cognition in Shakespeare’s Theatre: The Early Modern Body-Mind ed. Laurie Johnson, Lyn Tribble, and John Sutton (New York: Routledge, 2014), 86-103.

“The Illustrations to the 1577 edition,” in The Oxford Handbook to Holinshed’s Chronicles, ed. Paulina Kewes, Ian Archer, Felicity Heal, and Henry Summerson (Oxford University Press, 2013), 111-32.

“Phenomenology and Images: Static and Transformative Images in Shakespeare’s Dramatic Art,” Criticism 54.3 (2012): 377-89.

“Penitential Ethics in Measure for Measure,” Shakespeare and Religion, ed. Ken Jackson and Arthur Marotti (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), 256-85.

“A Shakespearean Phenomenology of Moral Conviction,” in Shakespeare and Moral Agency, ed. Michael Bristol (New York & London: Continuum, 2010), 29-41.

“Visual and Ethical Truth in The Winter’s Tale,” Shakespeare Quarterly 55.3 (Fall 2004): 253-78.

Work in Progress:

“Time and the Other in Cymbeline.

A book on Shakespeare and Immateriality.