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Caroline Bicks

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Associate Professor

A.B., Harvard University
Ph.D., Stanford University

Stokes Hall S405
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-1959
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Specializes in women in early modern culture, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, lyric and epic poetry, history of science, and women writers of the seventeenth century.

Publications (selected)


  • Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare's England. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.
  • The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610. Volume 2 of the History of British Women’s Writing. Co-edited with Jennifer Summit (forthcoming, Palgrave).


  • “Reading the Jesuitess in a Game at Chess,” Studies in English Literature 49.2 (2009): 463-484.
  • “Stones Like Women’s Paps: Revising Gender in Jane Sharp’s Midwives Book,”
    Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 7.2 (2007): 1-27.
  • “Planned Parenthood: Minding the Quick Woman in All’s Well,” Modern Philology 103.3 (2006): 299-331.


  • “Gender and Sexuality in Middleton’s plays” (forthcoming in Thomas Middleton in Context, ed. Suzanne Gossett [Cambridge Univ. Press]).
  • “Instructional Performances: Ophelia and the Staging of History” (forthcoming in Performance and Pedagogy on the Early Modern Stage, ed. Kathryn McPherson and Katherine Moncrief [Ashgate, 2010]).
  • “Producing Girls in Mary Ward’s Convent Schools” (forthcoming in Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, ed. Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh, Aldershot: Ashgate).
  • “Midwiving Virility in Early Modern England.” Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregivers
    in the Early Modern Period.
    Ed. Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh. Women and Gender
    in the Early Modern World. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000. 49-64.
  • “Backsliding at Ephesus: Shakespeare’s Diana and the Churching of Women.” Pericles: Critical Essays. Ed. David Skeele. New York: Garland, 2000. 205-227.


  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, Summer 2007.