Robert Kilgore, Ph.D.

Robert Kilgore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Department of English, Theater, and Interdisciplinary Studies

Library 260
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-689-8210
Robert Kilgore, Ph.D.

Composition, Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture, Literary Theory, Teaching Shakespeare and Antiracism.


With Sarah Swofford, "We Need to Talk: Making Writing and Literature Work for the Future." ADE Bulletin. 2020.

"The Politics of King David in Early Modern English Verse." Studies in Philology 111.3 (Summer 2014): 411-41.

"From 'Employment' (I) to 'Grace': George Herbert's Restructuring of Work." George Herbert Journal 35.1-2 (Fall 2011/Spring 2012, published 2014): 72-81.

"Mixing Genres in George Peele's The Love of David and Fair Bersabe. Renaissance Papers 2010. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011. 11-22.

"Poets, Critics, and the Redemption of Poesy: Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy and Metrical Psalms." The Sacred and Profane in English Renaissance Literature. Ed. Mary A. Papazian. University of Delaware Press, 2008. 108-31.

"Fit for a King: The Manuscript Psalms of King James VI/I." Renaissance Papers 2007. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2008. 97-110.

"Rereading Ourselves in 'Redemption'." George Herbert Journal 26 (Fall 2002/Spring 2003, published 2005): 1-14.

Selected Presentations

"Developing Skills and Capacities: Social Justice Teaching and The Merchant of Venice," Seminar paper, Shakespeare Association of America. Denver, April 2020. (Conducted remotely, due to COVID-19)

With Mollie Barnes and Sarah Swofford. "Composing Lives: Public-Facing Work and Community Engagement." Poster Presentation, MLA Convention 2020 Innovations Room, Seattle, January 2020.

"'Behold, great Queene, faire Eves Apologie': Aemilia Lanyer, Race, and Resistance." Renaissance Society of America. Toronto, March 2019.

With Sarah Swofford. Invited panelist to roundtable discussion, "Writing and Literature in the English Department: Partnerships and Intersections," Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. Chicago, January 2019.

"Not Teaching 'The Chaucer Course': Revisionary Pedagogy in Medieval and Renaissance Literature." South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA). Birmingham, AL, November 2018.

"'Set Me Free': Race, Slavery, and The Tempest." Southeastern Renaissance Conference. Charlotte, NC, October 2018.

Grants Received

Travel and lodging funds for "Constructing Authorship," colloquium led by Barbara Lewalski. Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Sept. 2013 – May 2014.

University of South Carolina RISE Grant — travel and lodging to London to present at the Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation conference. Summer 2013.

South Carolina Humanities Council, "Chaucer at the Speedway Series."

Arts Council of Beaufort County, "Chaucer at the Speedway Series."

Travel and lodging funds for "Researching the Archive," Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Sept. 2005 – May 2006.