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MemberValerie Billing

…Valerie is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “Size Matters: The Erotics of Stature in Early Modern English Literature and Culture.” This project argues that literary depictions of physical size are central to understanding early modern erotics, especially in relation to gender, social status, and age. Size, frequently represented as fluid and performable, functions as a category that both male and female figures manipulate in order to meet various sexual, social, and artistic ends. In particular, size provides a productive lens through which to investigate the queer erotics of relations between larger women and smaller men….

Valerie Billing is Assistant Professor of English at Central College, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare, medieval and early modern English literature, world literature, LGBTQ+ literature, and disability literature. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature from the University of California, Davis. Valerie’s current research project investigates the erotics of size in a range of early modern drama, poetry, prose, and visual art.