Chestertown, MD — Dr. Kathryn M. Moncrief, Chair of the Department of English at Washington College, is the co-editor and a contributing author of Performing Maternity in Early Modern England, newly released by the England-based Ashgate Publishing Company.
The book is a collection of essays that explore the literary, cultural and historical aspects of maternity from 1540 to 1690 in plays and other texts—including midwifery manuals, medical guides and diaries from the period. It features writings by several top scholars in the field, including Dr. Moncrief and her co-editor, Dr. Kathryn R. McPherson of Utah Valley State College.
Drs. Moncrief and McPherson co-authored the book's opening essay, "Embodied and Enacted: Performances of Maternity in Early Modern England." Dr. Moncrief also authored "'Show me a child begotten of thy body that I am father to': Pregnancy, Paternity and the Problem of Evidence in All's Well That Ends Well," another essay featured in the book.
Performing Maternity in Early Modern England isn't the only collaborative effort of Drs. Moncrief and McPherson; they also are currently leading a Shakespeare Association research seminar, "Gender and Instruction in Early Modern England," and have begun work on a book on the same topic.
The various writings and projects all reflect Dr. Moncrief's specialties in research as well as the classroom: early modern English drama (Shakespeare and his contemporaries), 16th- and 17th-century English literature and culture, and women in early modern England, among other subjects.
Dr. Moncrief received her B.A. from Doane College, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She became Chair of the Washington College Department of English in the summer of 2007.
December 5, 2007