Suparna Roychoudhury

Associate Professor of English
Specialization: 
Shakespeare; early modern British literature and culture; literature and the history of science, medicine, and technology; literature and cognition; theater, drama, and performance studies; transnational Anglophone literature; cosmopolitanism

Suparna Roychoudhury specializes in English Renaissance literature, with an emphasis on Shakespeare. While her research and teaching areas include all aspects of the literature and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, she is particularly interested in the relation between literature and the history of science, broadly defined. She has written on such topics as melancholy, anatomy, emotion, intelligence, and skill. In addition to her work in Renaissance studies, Roychoudhury teaches contemporary transnational literature written in English, with a special interest in literary cosmopolitanism.

Roychoudhury is the author of Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science (Cornell University Press, 2018), which examines Shakespearean representations of the faculty of imagination in light of early modern scientific contexts and theories of cognition. Her essays and reviews can be found in ELH, English Literary Renaissance, The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Modern Philology, Philological Quarterly, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and The Spenser Review. She is a winner of the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Award for Scholarship. 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 the Bowdoin Prize awarded by Harvard University, and holds a University Medal from the Australian National University. She serves on the Editorial Board of English Literary Renaissance.

At Mount Holyoke, Roychoudhury teaches Shakespeare; Early Modern Drama; Literature and Science 1516-1674; The Cunning Renaissance; English Renaissance Poetry; Cognitive Theory and Literary Studies; Cosmopolitanism; Transnational Anglophone Literature; Self-Portraiture; Brave New Worlds; and Introduction to the Study of Literature.

Recent Campus News

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Faculty Awards 2020

Mount Holyoke honored four professors for their scholarship and teaching at the annual Faculty Awards ceremony in early March, prior to the closing of campus. 

A sea of students in their brilliant class colors of yellow, red, green, blue and purple, celebrating convocation outside in the amphitheater.

A shining kick-off to the new year

Convocation marks the official beginning of the 2019–2020 academic year for 2,199 Mount Holyoke students, including 507 incoming first-years.

New grants to Mount Holyoke and its faculty.

Mount Holyoke College and its professors received numerous grants and fellowships between May and October 2015.

Recent Publications

Roychoudhury, S. “Artlikeness: Enargeia, Imagination, and the Enlivening of Shakespeare’s Hero.” English Literary Renaissance (accepted).

Roychoudhury, S. (2019). Forms of Fantasy: Psychology and Epistemology in the House of Alma, De la force de l’imagination, and OthelloImagining Scientific Form, edited by Jenny C. Mann and Debapriya Sarkar. Special Issue, Philological Quarterly, 98(1–2), 47–71.

Roychoudhury, S. (2018). Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science. Cornell University Press.

Roychoudhury, S. (2015). Mental Tempests, Seas of Trouble: The Perturbations of Shakespeare’s PericlesELH: English Literary History, 82(4), 1013–1039. https://dx.doi.org/10.1353/elh.2015.0037.

Roychoudhury, S. (2014). Anatomies of Imagination in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900, 54(1), 105–124. https://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sel.2014.0005. Reprinted in L.J. Trudeau (Ed). (2015). Shakespearean Criticism (vol. 164, pp. 313–320). Gale Cengage.

Recent Honors

Was appointed to the Editorial Board of English Literary Renaissance, a journal published by the University of Chicago Press.