Professor of English
Peter G. Platt joined the Barnard faculty in 1994. He was Chair of the English Department from 2008-2014. 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 BC3159: English Colloquium
ENGL BC3163: Shakespeare I
ENGL BC3164: Shakespeare II
ENGL BC3169: Renaissance Drama
ENGL BC3915: Late Shakespeare (Senior Seminar)
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