GES Bio: Erin Weinberg

Erin Weinberg earned her BAH at Queen’s University in 2008, and completed a specialized Masters in Shakespeare at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2009. She is currently a fifth-year PhD candidate, with a primary focus on Shakespearean drama.

Erin’s dissertation examines affect in Shakespeare's comedies, focusing on the potential for trauma to exist within this ostensibly happy genre. Her secondary field explores affect in Jane Austen’s novels. Be it Shakespeare or Austen, Erin’s research seems to veer towards the study of food and how it figures into emotional struggle.

Outside of her research, Erin is a devoted blogger. She started her own Shakespeare blog in 2009, titled The Bardolator, which offers her insights on Shakespeare's plays and characters, as well as discussing current events in Shakespeare criticism and the adaptation of the Bard’s works on stage and screen. In addition, Erin writes for a collaborative blog, The Shakespeare Standard, where she candidly discusses her academic triumphs and struggles in a feature titled “Secret Diary of a PhD Candidate”.

For a full listing of Erin’s conference participation and publications, please see her page. If you have any questions about Shakespeare, Austen, studying in England, or blogging about literature and the academy, Erin welcomes you to contact her at

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