Professor in Residence 2017-2020
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A., Amherst College
Peter Erickson received his BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Amherst College; spent a graduate year on fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham in England; and completed his PhD at the University of California at Santa Cruz. One of the founders of feminist Shakespeare criticism in the early nineteen-eighties, Erickson is currently part of a group of scholars working to establish the study of race, including racial whiteness, in the field of Renaissance culture. His wider interests are both cross-disciplinary—with dual commitments to literature and visual art—and cross-historical—with strong investments in contemporary culture, as well as the Renaissance. Erickson is the author of Patriarchal Structures in Shakespeare’s Drama (1985), Rewriting Shakespeare, Rewriting Ourselves (1991), and Citing Shakespeare: The Reinterpretation of Race in Contemporary Literature and Art (2007). He has co-edited three volumes: Shakespeare’s “Rough Magic” (1985), Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race,and Empire in Renaissance England (2000), and Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s Othello (2005). The working title of his new book project is Bending the Arc: Racial Iconographies in Cross-Historical Perspective.
Erickson’s recent articles in the visual field involve studies of race both in Renaissance and contemporary art–from “Invisibility Speaks: Servants and Portraits in Early Modern Visual Culture” and a major review essay on “Picturing Race: Early Modern Constructions of Racial Identity” to a survey of the Black Atlantic as a subject in recent art. Other articles focus on the white South African artist William Kentridge, as well as contemporary African American artists, including Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Derek Walcott, and Fred Wilson, to which new work in progress adds Barkley Hendricks, Isaac Julien, and Kerry James Marshall. Erickson’s writing in the area of performance studies addresses colorblind casting and contemporary revisions of Shakespeare by Rita Dove, Young Jean Lee, Toni Morrison, and Djanet Sears. He has published a full-length interview with Harry Lennix, a graduate of the theatre program at Northwestern, and a chapter on the novelist Leon Forrest, who taught at Northwestern for many years.
Library Affiliate 2019-2020
Copyright Librarian, Research Services at Northwestern University Libraries and Northwestern University Press
Liz Hamilton educates the university community on copyright issues and manages subsidiary rights and permissions for the Press. She has a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University and a BA in Religion from Oberlin College. Her interests are copyright education, scholarly communication, and library/press collaborations.
The role of Kaplan Library Affiliate is to serve as the Library liaison for our humanities scholars and to bring a unique voice to the cross-disciplinary community of Institute Fellows, artists in residence, and visiting scholars.Back to top