Patricia Cahill, Associate Professor

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B.A., Wellesley College
M.Phil., Columbia University
Ph.D., Columbia University 



Unto the Breach


Patricia Cahill

Patricia A. Cahill is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English. She received a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MS, MA, MPhil, and PhD, with distinction, from Columbia University.

A specialist in early modern English literature (especially drama) and culture, Cahill has additional teaching and research interests in critical theory and gender studies and is a member of the Associated Faculty of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. A recipient of grants from the Whiting Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Huntington Library, she is the author of Unto the Breach: Martial Formations, Historical Trauma, and the Early Modern Stage (Oxford University Press, 2008). She has also authored articles and book chapters on such subjects as military technology and mathematics, trauma theory, and the staging of the senses. She is currently completing a book provisionally entitled Shakespeare's Skins: Vibrant Things and Haptic Aesthetics, which explores the remarkably tactile narratives summoned by early modern stage properties, especially textiles, glass, and animal skins.

Cahill regularly teaches undergraduate courses focusing on Shakespeare, Marlowe, and other Renaissance poets and playwrights and also enjoys working with students who work to bring Shakespeare into Atlanta's elementary schools. At the graduate level, she enjoys leading seminars in early modern literature; convening the graduate colloquium on the pedagogy of literature; and directing and serving on PhD dissertations.