Kim Coles has written articles on the topics of women’s writing, gender, and religious ideology. Her book, Religion, Reform, and Women’s Writing in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2008; pbk 2010) examines the influence of women writers on religious identity and its cultural expression in the sixteenth century. Her current book project, “Bad Humour: Race, Religion, and the Constitution of Wrong Belief in Early Modern England,” uncovers how belief itself — the excess, defect, or lack of religion — was largely apprehended and understood in terms of temperament in the early modern period. The medical theory of this period gave the prevailing sense that body and soul were in sympathy. The project explores what this implies for religious and racial identity. Her work has been supported by the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, the Warburg Institute, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
D.Phil, Oxford University, 2003
“Bad Humour: Race, Religion, and the Constitution of Wrong Belief in Early Modern England,” manuscript in progress.
The Ashgate Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in Early Modern Anglophone Literature, ed. Kimberly Anne Coles and Eve Keller (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming).
“Gender in the 1590 Faerie Queene,” Edmund Spenser in Context, ed. Andrew Escobedo (Cambridge University Press, January 2017), 352-62.
“Moral Constitution: Elizabeth Carey’s Tragedy of Mariam and the Color of Blood,” Rethinking Feminism: Gender, Race, and Sexuality, ed. Ania Loomba and Melissa Sanchez (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2016), 149-64.
“The Matter of Belief in John Donne’s Holy Sonnets,” Renaissance Quarterly 68 (2015), 899-931.
The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900, ed. Ralph Bauer, Kimberly Anne Coles, Carla L. Peterson, and Zita Nunes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
“West of England: The Irish specter in Tamburlaine,” The Blackwell Companion to Tudor Literature, ed. Kent Cartwright (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 459-474.
Religion, Reform and Women’s Writing in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008; pbk. 2010).
“The ‘diffrence…in degree’: Social Rank and Gendered Expression,” The Impact of Feminism in English Renaissance Studies, ed. Dympna Callaghan (London: Palgrave, 2007), 150-70.
Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship (June-August 2015)
School of Advanced Study Visiting Fellowship, University of London, hosted by the Warburg Institute (2012-2013)
Research and Scholarship Award Semester Grant, University of Maryland (2011)
John W. Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress (2005-2006)
Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship (June-August, 2003)