Julia Mix Barrington


My dissertation, “Multitudinous Seas: Reading the Ocean in Early Modern Literature,”  conceptually organizes contact with the sea through a set of four major binary possibilities: profit and loss, security and vulnerability, legality and illegality, and masculinity and femininity. 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.

You can view my CV here.

“Phantom Bark: The Chronotope of the Ghost Ship in the Atlantic World.” Gothic Studies 19.2, special issue: “Nautical Gothic,” November 2017

Invited Talks
“Brass Wall and Silver Sea: Assailing the Fortified Island in Early Modern English Drama,” Shakespearean Studies Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, November 2018

Conference Presentations
“Non Laedor Allidor: Invasions after the Armada on the Early Modern English Stage,” Elizabeth I: The Armada and Beyond, National Maritime Museum, London, UK, April 2018

“Rogue Waves: Self-Determination and Resistance on Shakespeare’s Pirate Ships,” Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles, CA, March 2018

“A Fortress Built by Nature: The Silver Sea and National Security in Shakespeare’s Histories,” Shakespeare Association of America, Atlanta, GA, April 2017

“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 150: Shakespeare’s Women (Spring 2018)
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)

Senior Writing Fellow, BU Core Curriculum:
Core Humanities I: Ancient Worlds (Fall 2018)
Core Humanities III: The Renaissance, Rediscovery, and Reformation (Fall 2018)