Suparna Roychoudhury

Associate Professor of English
Shakespeare; early modern British literature and culture; early history of science and medicine; cognitive studies; transnational Anglophone literature

Suparna Roychoudhury specializes in Shakespeare, with broader research and teaching interests in the literature and culture of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Particularly focused on the relation between literature and the history of science and medicine, she has written on such topics as melancholy, anatomy, animals, emotion, and skill. She is currently completing a book that examines Shakespeare’s treatment of the faculty of imagination in light of early modern scientific contexts and theories of cognition. In addition to her work in Renaissance studies, Roychoudhury researches and teaches contemporary transnational and world literature written in English, with an emphasis on memory, travel, and cosmopolitanism.

Roychoudhury’s recent articles on Shakespeare include “Anatomies of Imagination in Shakespeare’s Sonnets” in SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900; “Melancholy, Ecstasy, Phantasma: The Pathologies of Macbeth” in Modern Philology; and “Forswearing Fever: Medicine and Materialism in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 147” in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Her doctoral thesis was awarded an Honorable Mention for the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize by the Shakespeare Association of America. She is a recipient of Harvard University’s Bowdoin Prize, and holds a University Medal from the Australian National University.

At Mount Holyoke, Roychoudhury teaches Shakespeare, Early Modern Drama, Transnational Literature, Brave New Worlds, and Introduction to the Study of Literature.