Brian Chalk

Associate Professor, English


  • PHD, Brandeis University
  • MLITT, University of St. Andrews
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, James Madison University

Courses Taught

ENGL 110      College Writing

ENGL 150      Freshmen Year Seminar

ENGL 150      Roots: Literature

ENGL 245      Introduction to Shakespeare

ENGL 306      Introduction to Literary Study

ENGL 309      British Literature: Beowulf to the Augustan Age

ENGL 329      Shakespeare I

ENGL 330      Shakespeare II

ENGL 343      Studies in Renaissance Literature: The Art of Dying 

ENGL 399      Independent Study: Marlowe and Jonson

  • Research

    Current Research:

    A book length project that examines the relationship between dream experience and theatrical experience in Shakespeare's plays. 

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


     Monuments and Literary Posterity in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

    "'Murdering Sleep': Macbeth, Dreams, and Early Modern Theatrical Experience" (Under Review)

    “Jonson’s Textual Monument,” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 52.2 (Spring 2012): 387-405.

    “Webster’s ‘Worthyest Monument’: The Problem of Posterity in The Duchess of Malfi,” Studies in Philology 108.3 (Summer 2011): 379-402.

    “‘Fearful Meditations’: Pondering Posterity in Shakespeare’s Sonnets,” St. John’s University Humanities Review Spring 2010

    Selected Conference Papers:

    “Fletcher’s Monument: Dynasty and Collaborative Posterity in Henry VIII.”, Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, DE, March, 2015. 

    Murdering Sleep’: Macbeth, Dreams, and the Boundaries of Theatrical Reality.” Shakespeare Association of America Meeting, Boston, MA, April 2012

    Invited Lecture: “’Mocking Life’: Preemptive Commemoration in The Winter’s Tale.” James Madison University, October 2011.

    “Staging Monuments in The Winter’s Tale.” Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, VA, October 2011

    “’Mocking Life’: Preemptive Commemoration in The Winter’s Tale.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Bellevue, Washington, April 2011

    “’Let all things end’: Marlowe’s Mortality.” 37th Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., April 2009

    “’Here I am my own ghost’: Webster's Symbols of Posterity.” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, April 2008

    “Jonson’s Roman Originality.” 36th Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 2008

    “Theatrical Authority in Jonson's Sejanus.” Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, VA, October 2007


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • NYU Faculty Seminar Participant, “Shakespeare and Early Modern Globilization”
    • Honorable Mention, J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize, Shakespeare Association of America, 2011
    • Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2009-2010
    • Shakespeare Association of America Travel Award, 2008, 2009
    • Brandeis University Provost’s Dissertation Expense Award, 2008
  • Other
    • Interests: 16th- and 17th-century English literature, including drama, poetry, and prose; Shakespeare; literature and memorialization; origins of the Western Canon; Renaissance dream theory