James W. H. Howard

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I am a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. My primary fields are medieval and early modern literature, with a focus in fifteenth and sixteenth century romances. My dissertation studies disguise as a self-fashioning mode in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. With this project, I am most interested in articulating early modes of individuality that don’t rely solely on conventional notions of the Renaissance as a “rebirth” or “swerve.” These romances impart an alternate vocabulary for understanding how ideas about nobility and gender relied on the incognito performances of single individuals.

 

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