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2022, MA English, Virginia Tech

2019, BA English, Virginia Commonwealth University


Kara Rush is a first-year Ph.D. student specializing in early modern literature. In particular, Rush is interested in how early modern English authors use  threatening nature and femininity to mediate anxieties concerning the preservation and contamination of English national identity. Other interests include adaptation studies and late medieval literature.


  • “Nobility, Interrupted: The Queer Poetics of Vandana Kataria’s Noblemen.Borrowers and Lenders. Forthcoming Fall 2024.


  • Caroline Pace Chermside Award for Best Master’s Thesis: Virginia Tech, 2022.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in aid, “An Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas,” taught by Marcy North, Claire M. L. Bourne, and Whitney Trettien, 2023.

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