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Jane Wanninger

Professor Jane Wanninger

Assistant Professor of Literature


Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Language and Literature, Literary Studies

Areas of Specialization

  • English Literature
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
  • Gender and Performance Studies


Research Interests: Confession in Early Modern literature and culture; subjectivity, affect, and power on the Shakespearean stage; gender and embodiment.

Teaching Interests: Shakespeare and his contemporaries; gender and queer theory; performance studies.


M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
B.A. (with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Wanninger previously lectured and served as a Pre-Major Academic Adviser at Vanderbilt University, where she received her Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Gender Studies in 2012. Her current long-term project studies performative modes of confession in early modern drama, focusing on the intersubjective power dynamics of personal disclosure in plays such as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Heywood and Brome's The Late Lancashire Witches, and John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. She is also currently co-writing a book chapter for a forthcoming volume entitled Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World, which will explore depictions of uncertain pregnancy in medieval and early modern texts. Dr. Wanninger started teaching at Simon's Rock in 2016.


Chapter publication: H. Barbaccia, B. Packard, and J. Wanninger, “Maybe Baby: Pregnant Possibilities in Medieval and Early Modern Literature”, in Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World, Amsterdam University Press, 2018.