Kenneth Gross

Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professor of English
PhD, Yale University

404B Morey Hall
(585) 275-4098

Research Overview

Kenneth Gross specializes in Renaissance poetry and drama, especially Shakespeare, as well as lyric poetry and dramatic literature more generally. In addition to books on Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser, and essays on Renaissance and modern poets, he has written on the relation of literature and the visual arts, on ideas of metamorphosis and animation in literature, and most recently on the strange shapes of puppet theater, both traditional and experimental.

Selected Publications

  • On Dolls (editor and introduction), Notting Hill 2012
  • Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life, Chicago 2011
  • Shylock Is Shakespeare, Chicago 2006
  • Shakespeare's Noise, Chicago 2001
  • The Dream of the Moving Statue, Cornell 1992, paperback edition Pennsylvania State University 2006
  • Spenserian Poetics: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Magic, Cornell 1985
  • "Poets Reading Shakespeare," in Raritan: A Quarterly Review 28.3 (winter 2009), 105-31
  • "John Donne's Lyric Skepticism: In Strange Way," in Modern Philology 101.3 (2004), 371-99


  • Lyric Poetry (fall 2012)
  • Shakespeare (fall 2012)
  • Poetry and Memory (spring 2012)
  • Renaissance Literature (spring 2012)
  • Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene (spring 2011)
  • Milton (spring 2009)
  • Reading Lyric Poetry (spring 2013)
  • Shakespeare (fall 2011)

Professional Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2015 Fellow, The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library
  • 2011-2012 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life
  • Ellen Maria Gorrisen Fellow, The American Academy in Berlin, spring 2008
  • Research Fellow, Bogliasco Foundation, October-November 2007
  • Research Fellow, Bellagio Study and Conference Center (Rockefeller Foundation), September-October 2007
  • Visiting Fellow, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship
  • Senior Research Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
  • Mellon Faculty Research Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library