Bernadette MyersTeaching Scholar 2019-2020English & Comparative Literature
Areas of Interest :early modern and medieval drama; ecocriticism; environmental history; material culture studies.
Bernadette Myers is a doctoral candidate in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her research interests include early modern and medieval drama, ecocriticism, environmental history, and material culture studies. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Urban Ecology and the Early Modern English Stage,” investigates how the resource problems plaguing a rapidly-expanding London – including food scarcity, decayed waterways and air pollution – impacted the generic innovations and theatrical practices of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. This research has been supported with grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Bernadette has taught University Writing: Readings in Sustainable Development and Literary Texts, Critical Methods, Columbia’s introduction to the English major. She has also assisted with courses on Shakespeare and the History of the Novel. In fall 2018, she served as the teaching assistant for the Columbia in London program, in partnership with Queen Mary University, where she coordinated excursions for a course on London in Postcolonial Fiction.
Bernadette was a co-organizer of the 2018 conference “World-Making: Local and Global Imagining in Early Modern Literature,” and co-curator of an accompanying exhibition at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. She has also served as a coordinator for the Columbia Early Modern Colloquium. Bernadette graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Italian.