Kim Hall

Lucyle Hook Chair, Professor of English and Africana Studies

Kim F. Hall joined the Barnard faculty in 2006.  Previously, she held the Thomas F.X. Mullarkey Chair of Literature at Fordham University.  She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Georgetown University.

Professor Hall's research and scholarship have been supported by the Folger Institute, the ACLS, and the Ford Foundation.  She has also received an NEH/Newberry Fellowship.

She is listed in Who's Who of American Women as well as Who's Who Among African Americans.

Professor Hall's first book, Things of Darkness, was named as an outstanding academic book by Choice magazine.  She is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled Sweet Taste of Empire, which examines women, labor, and race in the Anglo-Caribbean sugar trade during the seventeenth century.

Kim Hall is also an avid quilter whose work has been exhibited in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York.

Selected Publications

Othello: Texts and Contexts (St. Martin's Press, 2006)

" 'Extravagant Viciousness': Slavery and Gluttony in the Works of Thomas Tryon," in Writing Race Across the Atlantic World, ed. P. Beidler and G. Taylor ( New York: St. Martin's/Palgrave Press, 2005)

"Othello and the Problem of Race" in Blackwell Companions to Shakespeare: The Tragedies, ed. R. Dutton and J. Howard (London: Blackwell, 2003)

"Early Modern Women Writing Race" (with G. Kennedy) , in Teaching Tudor and Stuart Women Writers (Options for Teaching), ed. M. Hannay and S. Woods (MLA Publications: 2000)

" 'These Bastard Signs of Fair': Literary Whiteness in Shakespeare's Sonnets," in Post-Colonial Shakespeares, ed. A. Loomba and M. Orkin (London: Routledge, 1998)

"Beauty and the 'Beast' of Whiteness: Teaching Race and Gender," Shakespeare Quarterly 47:4 (Winter, 1996)

Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1995).

Academic Focus: 

Shakespeare and Renaissance literature
Black feminism
Critical race theory
Material culture
Depictions of race in literature


(page last updated 8/26/2013)


411 Barnard Hall

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Fall 2013
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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Hood College

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In the News

Prof. Hall is offering a barnd new course on the work of Ntozake Shange.

New faculty members strengthen the Africana studies program and establish new courses of study. Read more about these renowned scholars.

Food for Thought from Faculty Experts

"I am very pleased that the department and the College has seen fit to put me in Lucyle Hook's shoes, as it were, because she had a formidable presence while she was at Barnard," says Kim Hall, professor of English. Hall recently assumed the newly endowed Lucyle Hook Chair in honor of this beloved English faculty member, a scholar of seventeenth-century literature and drama who passed away in 2003 at the age of 102. "I feel a kind of kinship [with her]," says Hall, citing Hook's scholarly interests as well as her love of international travel and dedication to women's issues.