Julia Mix Barrington

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Director, Willing Suspension Productions

My dissertation project conceptually organizes contact with the sea in early modern literature through a set of five major binary possibilities: profit and loss, security and vulnerability, legality and illegality, masculinity and femininity, and community and isolation. Because of the unpredictability inherent in an early modern sea voyage, many potentially contradictory outcomes hover simultaneously for the duration of the voyage–for example, shipwreck or a safe harbor; a successful trading voyage or financial ruin; a new life or a watery grave. Fittingly then, the most prominent trend in early modern discourse surrounding the sea is its contradictions. By organizing literary contact with the sea into binary oppositions, I am able to analyze major trends without reducing, ignoring, or misrepresenting these contradictory impulses.

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Education

PhD, English literature, Boston University, expected May 2019
M.A., English literature, Boston University, 2013
B.A., English literature, Barnard College of Columbia University, 2012

Publications

Phantom Bark: The Chronotope of the Ghost Ship in the Atlantic World.” Gothic Studies special issue: “Nautical Gothic” (forthcoming)

Presentations

Saltwater Thieves: Piracy, Resistance, and Open Water,” Shakespeare Association of America, UCLA, March 2018

“Borrowed Plots: Shifting Representations of Shakespeare in Young Adult Literature,” Shakespeare and Our Times, Old Dominion University, April 2016

“At the Mercy of Providence: Early Modern Exploration and the Rhetoric of Vulnerability,” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, March 2016

“This Thou Perceiv’st: Performances of Age in Shakespeare’s Sonnets,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto, Ontario, May 2015

Courses Taught

Independent Instructor:

WR 100 Shakespeare’s Women (Fall 2017)
EN 120 Perils and Wonders: Adventure in the Early Modern World (Fall 2016)
EN 121 Readings in World Literature: The Seven Seas (Spring 2016)
EN 121 Readings in World Literature: The Seven Seas (Fall 2015)
WR 150 Love Me to Death: Monstrosity and Sexuality from Dracula to Edward (Spring 2015)
WR 100 Love Me to Death: Monstrosity and Sexuality from Dracula to Edward (Fall 2014)
EN 143 Readings In Drama: Staging Women (Spring 2014)
EN 143 Readings in Drama: Staging Women (Fall 2013)