Christine Varnado


Christine Varnado.

Christine Varnado


Christine Varnado



Early modern English literature; drama; Shakespeare; queer theory; psychoanalysis; literary theory; affect studies; history of sexuality

Contact Information

1025 Clemens Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-0790

I use queer theory and early modern English literature to ponder questions of reading and interpretation: unpacking the histories, affects, and ontological assumptions at play in meaning making.


  • PhD, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2011
  • MPhil, European Literature, Oxford University, 2004
  • AB, English, Duke University, 2002


  • "The Shapes of Fancy: Queer Circulations of Desire in Early Modern Literature" (forthcoming)

Selected Publications

  • “Queer Nature, or The Weather in Macbeth” –  Queer Shakespeare: Desire and Sexuality, Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017. 
  • “Getting Used, and Liking It: Erotic Instrumentality in Philaster” –Renaissance DramaSpring 2016.
  • “’Invisible Sex!’: What Looks Like the Act in Early Modern Drama?” – Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern Literature, University of Minnesota Press, 2013. 


  • Humanities Institute Queer Studies Research Workshop (co-founder)
  • Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Faculty Advisor for SoFem Undergrad 

Photo credit: Pierce McCleary