James Kearney



Jim Kearney is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has taught since 2006. His teaching and research interests include: early modern literature and culture; Shakespeare; literature and economics; early modern and postmodern ethics; the history of reading; early modern theology and hermeneutics; and literary theory. His first book, The Incarnate Text: Imagining the Book in Reformation England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009; winner of the CCL’s Book of the Year award for 2009), explores how the book was imagined during the crisis of representation occasioned by the Reformation’s simultaneous faith in text and distrust of material forms. He recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Criticism addressing "Shakespeare and Phenomenology" (Summer, 2012). He is currently working on two research projects: one that addresses reading as transformation in early modern England and one that addresses ethics and economics in Shakespeare’s plays.