Biography

Dr. Vin Nardizzi teaches Renaissance literature, ecocriticism, and queer and disability studies. His book, Wooden Os: Shakespeare’s Theatres and England’s Trees (University of Toronto Press, 2013), brings into view the forest and the trees of Renaissance drama: it explores the surprising connections among Shakespeare’s theatre, drama set “in the woods,” and an environmental crisis that propagandists claimed would to lead to an eco-political collapse – an unprecedented scarcity of wood and timber. His next project, Vaster Than Empires: The Lives of Early Modern Vegetables, investigates the surprising array of vegetable capacities, deprivations, desires, essences, and materialities that shaped ideas of humanness in Renaissance letters and the visual arts. With Stephen Guy-Bray and Will Stockton, he has edited Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze(Ashgate, 2009), and with Jean E. Feerick has co-edited The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He received a Killam Teaching Prize in 2011

Selected Publications

Book

Wooden Os: Shakespeare’s Theatres and England’s Trees.

Edited Collections

The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature. Co-edited with Jean E. Feerick.

Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze. Co-edited with Stephen Guy-Bray and Will Stockton.

Published Articles

“‘No Wood, No Kingdom’: Planting Genealogy, Felling Trees, and the Additions to The Spanish Tragedy.”
Modern Philology 110.2 (November 2012): 202-25.

“Shakespeare’s Globe and England’s Woods.” Shakespeare Studies 39 (2011): 54-63.

“Guest Column: Wooden Slavery.” PMLA 126.2 (March 2011): 313-15.

“Shakespeare’s Penknife: Grafting and Seedless Generation in the Procreation Sonnets.” Renaissance and Reformation 32.1 (Winter 2009): 83-106.

Published and Forthcoming Book Chapters

“On Crutches: Disability, Genealogy, and Masculinity in Richard III.” In Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race, ed. Valerie Traub (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

“Greener.” In Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory Beyond Green, ed. Jeffrey J. Cohen (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press).

“Swervings: On Human Indistinction.” Co-authored with Jean E. Feerick. In The Indistinct Human in
Renaissance Literature
, pp. 1-12.

“The Wooden Matter of Human Bodies: Prosthesis and Stump in A Larum for London.” In The Indistinct Human, pp. 119-36.

“The Secrets of Grafting in Wroth’s Urania.” Co-authored with Miriam Jacobson. In Ecofeminist Approaches to Early Modernity, eds. Jennifer Munroe and Rebecca Laroche (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 175-94.

“Felling Falstaff in Windsor Park.” In Ecocritical Shakespeare, eds. Lynne Bruckner and Dan Brayton (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 123-38.

“Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze.” Co-authored with Stephen Guy- Bray and Will
Stockton. In Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze, pp. 1-11.

“Grafted to Falstaff and Compounded with Catherine: Mingling Hal in the Second Tetralogy.” In Queer Renaissance Historiography, pp. 149-69.

Encyclopedia Articles

“William Percy.” In The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, eds. Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. and Alan Stewart (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2012), pp. 777-79.

“Thomas Randolph.” In The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, eds. Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. and Alan Stewart (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2012), pp. 820-21.