I’m an assistant professor of English at Skidmore College, where I teach courses on early modern drama and critical theory. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013. Prior to arriving at Skidmore, I was a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
My essays and reviews have appeared in SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Studies in Philology, and Theatre Survey. I’m currently completing a book entitled Ecological Thinking in Early Modern English Drama. The book traces the way that characters think through and about their surroundings on the early modern stage, as they struggle to orient themselves within unfamiliar or otherwise strange locations. I argue that these moments recast early modern drama as a form of ecological thinking, a way of understanding and reimagining what it means to exist within place. As I show, this question was particularly urgent within the early modern period. Over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the concept of place lost the primacy it held within an Aristotelian worldview and became subordinate to the idea of space as an immaterial dimension of infinite expanse. For this reason, the early modern period represents a moment of intense negotiation over the ontology and epistemology of location, as philosophers, theologians, cartographers, and dramatists asked what it meant to be emplaced. With the concept of ecological thinking, the book shows how drama participated in this negotiation and reshaped the way that places were perceived, experienced, and imagined.
Andrew Bozio | Skidmore College, Department of English |
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