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Kara McCabe's dissertation, Stage Magic: Knowledge and Desire in Early Modern Witchcraft Drama, examines the ways in which the woman's desire for knowledge is read as witchcraft during the early modern period.  In this project, she pays particular attention to witchcraft treatises, pamphlets, and popular culture in addition to plays by William Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, and John Lyly.  Her research interests include maternity, theories of disgust, the female body and sexuality, and history of the book.  Her most recent publication is a discussion of the gap of time at the center of The Winter's Tale, featured in Renaissance Papers.   


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2021


B.A., Union College
M.A., Middlebury College
M.A.T, Union Graduate College