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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Caroline Bicks

english department

Caroline Bicks

Associate Professor

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

Stokes Hall S405
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-1959

Academic Profile

Specializes in Shakespeare, early modern drama, gender studies, the history of science, and theories of girlhood.

Publications (selected)


  • Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas. Co-authored with Michelle Ephraim. New York: Perigee Press, 2015; London: Scribe Press, 2015.
  • The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610. Volume 2 of the History of British Women’s Writing. Co-edited, and Introduction co-authored with Jennifer Summit. Hampshire: Palgrave, 2010. (Paperback edition issued September, 2013).
  • Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare's England. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

Academic Articles (selected):

  • “Incited Minds: Rethinking Early Modern Girls,” Shakespeare Studies 44 (2016): 180-202.
  • “Repeat Performances: Mary Ward’s Girls on the International Stage,” Renaissance Drama: (44.2): 201-215.
  •  “ ‘Making the Stage my Profession’: Girlhood and Performance in Mary “Perdita” Robinson’s Memoirs,”Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 9.1 (2014).
  • “Staging 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,” in Thomas Middleton in Context, ed. Suzanne Gossett (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011).
  • “Instructional Performances: Ophelia and the Staging of History,” in Performance and Pedagogy on the Early Modern Stage, ed. Kathryn McPherson and Katherine Moncrief (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010).
  • “Producing Girls in Mary Ward’s Convent Schools,” in Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, ed. Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012).

Creative Non-Fiction:

  • “Is the Husband Going to Be a Problem?” Modern Love column for the New York Times, Sunday Styles section. August 15, 2010.
  • “Sweet Dreams.” Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine. Ed. Dani Klein. New York: St. Martins Press, 2009.
  • “Deciding to Walk the Aisle Without Dad,” commentary for “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio, February 10, 2005.

Podcasts and Radio Interviews for Shakespeare, Not Stirred
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