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Kenneth Gross

Kenneth Gross

  • Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professor of English

PhD, Yale University

404B Morey Hall

Research Overview

Kenneth Gross’s work ranges from Renaissance literature to Romantic and modern poetry.  In addition to books on Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser, and numerous essays on lyric poetry, he has written on the relation of literature and the visual arts, on ideas of metamorphosis and animation in literature, on twin-ship, and on the strange shapes of puppet theater, traditional and experimental.

Selected Publication Covers

Selected Publications

  • The Substance of Shadow: A Darkening Trope in Poetic History (editor), University of Chicago Press 2016
  • Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life, Chicago 2011
  • Shylock Is Shakespeare, Chicago 2006
  • The Dream of the Moving Statue, Cornell 1992, paperback edition Pennsylvania State University 2006
  • Shakespeare's Noise, Chicago 2001
  • Spenserian Poetics: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Magic, Cornell 1985
  • “All Poems End with the Word Paradise.”  Raritan:  A Quarterly Review, 36, no. 1 (2016), 32-47
  • “The survival of strange sounds:  Forms of Life in Lyric Poetry.”  The Yale Review 103, no. 2 (2015), 27-46
  • "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

Relevant Work Experience

  • Lyric Poetry (spring 2017)
  • Metaphysical Poetry (fall 2016)
  • Shakespeare (spring 2016)
  • Dangerous Children (spring 2016)
  • Poetry and Memory (fall 2015)
  • Renaissance Literature (spring 2012)
  • Milton (spring 2009)


  • 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