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J.K. Barret

Associate FacultyPh.D., 2008, Princeton University

Assistant Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts
J.K. Barret



Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature; the Renaissance future; time; literature and the visual arts; early modern legal theory; classical reception; narrative.


J.K. Barret is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book project, Untold Futures: Time and Literary Culture in Renaissance England, investigates Renaissance literary constructions of the future, the complex relations between futurity and narrative, and the emergence of novel accounts of Englishness that turn on looking to the future rather than the past in the works of Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare and Milton. She has received fellowship support from sources including the University of Texas at Austin, the Whiting Foundation, the Josephine de Kármán Foundation, and the Huntington Library. She has also received funding to participate in seminars at the National Humanities Center and the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition to time and the future, her research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, drama, literature and the visual arts, early modern legal theory, antiquity in the Renaissance, pastoral, romance, translation studies and narrative theory.


Barret, J.K. Untold Futures: Time and Literary Culture in Renaissance England. Forthcoming from Cornell University Press, 2016.

Barret, J.K. "The Crowd in Imogen’s Bedroom: Allusion and Ethics in Cymbeline." Forthcoming in Shakespeare Quarterly 67.4 (Winter 2015). 

Barret, J.K. "Chained Allusions, Patterned Futures, and the Dangers of Interpretation in Titus Andronicus," English Literary Renaissance 44.3 (Autumn 2014) 452-85.

Barret, J.K. "Vacant Time in The Faerie Queene," ELH 81.1 (2014) 1-28.

Barret, J.K. "'My Promise Sent Onto Myself': Futurity and the Language of Obligation in Sidney's Old Arcadia" in The Uses of the Future in Early Modern Europe (Routledge 2010), 54-72.

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors

  • NEH Summer Seminar, "Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books," New York (2013) 
  • Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011-12)
  • Clark Library Short-Term Fellowship, Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, UCLA (2012)
  • Junior Fellowship, British Studies, UT Austin
  • Faculty Development Program Fellowship, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, UT Austin
  • Summer Research Award, UT Austin (2010)
  • National Humanities Center Summer Institute in Literary Studies, "Shakespeare in Slow Motion" (2009)
  • Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library (2008)
  • Josephine de Kármán Foundation Fellowship (2007-08)
  • Mrs. Giles Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities (2006-07)
  • Noah Cotsen Junior Fellowship, Princeton University (2005-06)

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