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



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, editor. (Ashgate, 2015).

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

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

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Beyond Materiality in Shakespeare Studies.” Literature Compass, vol. 11, no.10, 2014, pp. 677-690.

“Richard II’s ‘Silent, Tortured Soul'" in Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy. Edited by Jennifer Bates and Richard Wilson. Edinburgh University Press, 2014, pp. 94-118.

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

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

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

“Phenomenology and Images: Static and Transformative Images in Shakespeare’s Dramatic Art.” Criticism, vol.54, no. 3, 2012, pp. 377-89.

“Penitential Ethics in Measure for Measure,” Shakespeare and Religion. Edited by Ken Jackson and Arthur Marotti. University of Notre Dame Press, 2011, pp. 256-85.

“A Shakespearean Phenomenology of Moral Conviction,” in Shakespeare and Moral Agency. Edited by Michael Bristol. Continuum, 2010, pp. 29-41.

“Visual and Ethical Truth in The Winter’s Tale,” Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3, Fall 2004, pp. 253-78.

Work in Progress:

“Time and the Other in Cymbeline.

A book on Shakespeare and Immateriality.