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Valerie Forman

Valerie Forman

Associate Professor
B.S. Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1986
M.A. English, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Ph.D. Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000

Valerie Forman’s research and teaching interests lie in the literature and culture of 16th- and 17th-century England and Europe, the early modern Caribbean, early modern drama, early modern women writers, early modern economic history and political theory, and Marxist theory. She received a Ph.D. in literature from U.C. Santa Cruz, specializing in Renaissance and 17th-century English literature and culture and 16th-century French literature. Before coming to Gallatin, Forman taught in the Department of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her first book Tragicomic Redemptions:  Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) explores the relationship between innovations in the theatre and new economic practices necessary to the beginnings of global trade, including that among England, the East Indies, and the Ottoman Empire. Her second book project, which turns to trade and cultural relations in the Caribbean, is entitled “Developing New Worlds: Property, Freedom, and the Economics of Representation in Early Modern England and the Caribbean.” She teaches courses on theatre and politics, labor and global markets, and the rise of globalization in the early modern period.


Professor Valerie Forman delivered a paper entitled “Transatlantic Developments and Global Consciousness: Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics” to the September 2013 Five College Renaissance Seminar, held in Amherst, MA.  


Contact Information

Valerie Forman

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 413
(212) 998-7344
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Office Hours
Tuesday (5-7 by appt)
Thursday (10:30-12:30 by appt)


2015 Fall

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Political Theatre
Tue,Thu 4:55 PM - 6:10 PM

Fractured States: Border Crossings, Divisions, and Partitions
Tue,Thu 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

2013 Spring

Fractured States: Border Crossings, Divisions, and Partitions
Mon,Wed 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Cross-Cultural Encounters on the Renaissance Stage
Mon,Wed 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2013 Fall

Master's Thesis Seminar
Thu 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

literature and culture of early modern England; early modern European drama, especially English and Spanish; early modern European women writers; early modern Caribbean; early modern England in a global context; economic history; political theatre; political theory; and Marxist theory

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