Chair, Department of English
Professor of English
Peter G. Platt joined the Barnard faculty in 1994. In addition to his teaching duties for the English department, Professor Platt is the department's chair. He is also affiliated with—and for many years was the chair of—Barnard's Medieval and Renaissance Studies program.
Professor Platt teaches courses in Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, Renaissance studies, and literary criticism and theory. The author of Shakespeare and the Culture of Paradox and Reason Diminished: Shakespeare and the Marvelous, he recently edited, with Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespeare's Montaigne. He is also the editor of Wonders, Marvels, and Monsters in Early Modern Culture. He has written articles on Shakespeare, Renaissance poetics, and rhetoric and is currently working on a book about Shakespeare and Montaigne.
Shakespeare's Montaigne, co-editor (New York Review Books, 2014)
Shakespeare and the Culture of Paradox (Ashgate, 2009)
Wonders, Marvels, and Monsters in Early Modern Culture, editor (University of Delaware Press, 1999)
Reason Diminished: Shakespeare and the Marvelous (University of Nebraska Press, 1997)
History of rhetoric
ENGL BC3163: Shakespeare I
ENGL BC3164: Shakespeare II
(page last updated 8/20/2014)