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Valerie Forman

Associate Professor
(212) 998-7344
1 Wash Pl, Room 413

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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 PhD in literature from UC Santa Cruz, where she specialized 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.

Teaching and Research 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

Valerie Forman


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

Recent News

Valerie Forman was a Visiting Fellow in the Crossroads of Knowledge Project on Economics and Literature at Cambridge University in the spring of 2016. She delivered a paper on Cuban Cinema at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September 2015, and is completing an article on “Labor, Development, and the TransAtlantic Body,” for the Routledge Companion to Women, Sex and Gender in Early Modern Anglophone Literature. In early May, she will be moderating a discussion at the new Metrograph Theatre on Gallatin Alum, Ben Chace’s film Sin Alas, the first American feature film by to be shot entirely in Cuba since 1959.


2017 Spring

Culture and Politics: An Exploration of Cuban Cinema Since the 1959 Revolution

Becoming "Global" in the Early Modern World

2016 Spring

Becoming Global? "Europe" and the World

Labor and the Global Market: Literature, Film and History

2016 Fall

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Political Theatre