Carla Mazzio

Carla Mazzio.

Carla Mazzio

Carla Mazzio

Co-Director, Science Studies Research Workshop
Associate Professor


Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Literature (poetry, drama, prose) and the History of Science (mathematics, medicine, meteorology), Histories of Speculative Thought, Rhetoric, Media Technologies, and Fictions of Incapacity, Sensory Studies, Queer Theory, Gender Studies, Environmental Humanities

Contact Information

513 Clemens Hall

Phone: 645-0702

Courses Taught

  • Histories of the Future, c. 1600
  • Shakespeare in the 21st Century
  • Elegiac Traditions from Sidney to Milton
  • Shakespeare, Science, Epistemology
  • Shakespeare and the Visible World
  • Shakespeare and the Senses
  • Shakespeare and Concepts of Value
  • Shakespeare: Anatomy, Analysis and the Archive
  • Woolf and Perils of Identity
  • Renaissance Tragedy
  • The Teaching of Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Literature and Science in the Renaissance
  • Literatures of Revenge: Antiquity to America
  • Shakespeare and Hybridity
  • Revenge Drama
  • Renaissance Drama: The Performance of Authenticity
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Reading Cultures
  • Forces of Nature: Shakespeare and the Environment
  • Shakespeare’s Rivals
  • Shakespeare and Film (upcoming Fall 2019)
  • Calculating Minds: Shakespeare & the Drama of Knowledge (upcoming Fall 2019)

Works in Progress

  • The Trouble with Numbers: The Drama of Mathematics in the Age of Shakespeare (monograph under advance contract with the University of Chicago Press)
  • Histories of the Future: On Shakespeare and the Arts and Sciences of Looking Ahead, 1500-1800, edited collection featuring new histories of “looking ahead” across disciplines and cultures

Selected Publications

  • “Circling the Square: Geometry, Masculinity, and the Norms of Antony and Cleopatra,” Staging Normality in Shakespeare’s England, eds. Rory Loughnane & Edel Semple (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Shakespeare Studies, 2019),
  • “Shakespeare: Arithmetic and the Arts of Calculation,” Shakespeare Encyclopedia: Life, Works, World, Legacy, ed. Patricia Parker (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • “Skepticism & the Spectacular:  On Shakespeare in an Age of Science,” Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare, eds. Sophie Chiari and Mickaël Popelard (Edinburgh University Press, Fall 2017).
  • "Writing in the Aftermath: Digital Humanities, c. 1600?" in Numbers in Early Modern Writing, Special Issue of Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 6 (2015).
  • “The Invisible Element in Art: Dürer, Shakespeare, Donne,” in Vision and its Instruments: Art, Science, and Technology in Early Modern Europe, ed. Alina Payne (Philadelphia: Penn State University Press, January 1, 2015).
  • "Shakespeare and Science, c. 1600Download pdf," Shakespeare & Science, SCR 26.1 & 2 (2009), 1-23.
  • "The History of Air: Hamlet and the Trouble with Instruments," Shakespeare & Science, SCR 26.1 & 2 (2009), 153-96.
  • "Anatomy of a Ghost: History as Hypothesis," Literature Compass 3.1 (January, 2006): 17-31.
  • "The Senses Divided: Organs, Objects and Media in Early Modern England," in Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Culture Reader, ed. David Howes (Oxford: Berg, 2005), 85-105.
  • "The Three Dimensional Self: Geometry, Melancholy, DramaDownload pdf," Arts of Calculation: Quantifying Thought in Early Modern Europe, eds. David Glimp and Michelle R. Warren (New York: Palgrave, 2004).
  • "Acting with Tact: Touch and Theater in the English Renaissance," Sensible Flesh: On Touch in Early Modern Culture, ed. Elizabeth Harvey (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2003), 159-186.
  • "The Melancholy of Print: Love’s Labour’s Lost," Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture(New York: Routledge, 2000), 186-227.
  • "Sins of the Tongue in Early Modern England," Modern Language Studies 28.4 (Autumn 1998): 93-124, Northeast MLA Graduate Caucus Essay Prize winner.
  • "Staging the Vernacular: Language and Nation in The Spanish Tragedy," Studies in English Literature 38 (Spring 1998) 2: 207-232.