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Biography

My research explores the organization of written knowledge as it regulates and shapes the literary imagination. Put broadly, I am interested in the structures that readers and writers depend on to make meaning: material structures such as page layout, chapter divisions, book bindings, and libraries, but also theoretical structures such as rhetoric and grammar, literary genres, canons, and classroom syllabi. In my writing and teaching, my interests gravitate to the sixteenth century in England and Europe, where a series of firsts – the first printing presses, the first theaters, the first public libraries – had thrown into question the right way to organize knowledge, to define literacy and modes of creativity, as digital media have done for us today. My first book, Bound to Read (Penn, 2013), investigated early modern compilations and book collections as they came to shape what we now call Renaissance literature. I am currently working on a study of American entrepreneur-collectors and the formation of humanities libraries through the competitive acquisition of Shakespeariana. At UW, I co-direct the Textual Studies Program, which gives graduate students historical and theoretical grounding in manuscript, print, and digital studies. (See our website: http://depts.washington.edu/text/).

Education

  • Ph D, English, Northwestern University, 2009
  • Mphil, University of Cambridge, 2007

Publications and Contributions

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Needles and Pens: Sewing in Early English Books (2015)
    Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Volume 45, Issue 3 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Organizing Manuscript and Print: From Compilatio to Compilation (2015)
    The Late Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book Review
    Review of William Kuskin, Recursive Origins: Writing at the Transition to Modernity (2015)
    Modern Language Quarterly Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book Entry, Almanac or Encyclopedia
    Collecting and Reading Shakespeare’s Quartos (2014)
    The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Shakespeare and the Collection: Reading Beyond Readers’ Marks (2014)
    Shakespeare and Textual Studies Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Afterworlds: Thomas Middleton, the Book, and the Genre of Continuation (2013)
    Formal Matters: Reading the Forms of Early Modern Texts Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    Bound to Read: Compilations, Collections, and the Making of Renaissance Literature (2013)
    Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book Review
    Review of Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve, and Gerard Passannante, The Lucretian Renaissance (2013)
    Modern Language Quarterly, Volume 74, Issue 3, Page 413-418 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Shakespeare in Bundles (2013)
    Shakespearean Configurations, special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, Issue 21 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book Entry, Almanac or Encyclopedia
    Anna Weamys (2012)
    The Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Book Entry, Almanac or Encyclopedia
    John Speed (2012)
    The Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Curatorial Readings: George Herbert’s The Temple, Quintus Curtius, and their Context (2011)
    Huntington Library Quarterly, Volume 74, Issue 4, Page 575-598 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Invisible Ink: A Note on Ghost Images in Early Printed Books (2010)
    Textual Cultures, Volume 5, Issue 2, Page 53-62 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    "Furnished" for Action: Renaissance Books as Furniture (2009)
    Book History, Volume 12, Page 37-73 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Fast Bind, Fast Find: The History of the Book and the Modern Collection (2009)
    Criticism, Volume 51, Issue 1, Page 79-104 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Making Shakespeare’s Books: Assembly and Intertextuality in the Archives (2009)
    Shakespeare Quarterly, Volume 60, Issue 3, Page 304-340 Author: Jeffrey T. Knight