Ashley Werlinich




University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, NC 2021
PhD Student in English Literature, Graduate Research Assistant


University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA 2013
B.A. in English Literature, minor in Studio Arts
Thesis: “The Beasts of the Earth and the Madness of Men: Dehumanization, Neurodegeneration, and Denial in Moby Dick and Catch-22



Ashley Werlinich's work juxtaposes early modern drama with 16th and 17th-Century medical and scientific texts.  Specific interests include poison as medicine, classification (namely the spaces in between our understanding, and how those gaps in knowledge are interpreted), understandings of the occult, and 16th and 17th-Century theories about time, space, sound, and sensory interpretation.  Her work also explores posthuman theory in conjunction with these early modern sources--particularly how posthuman frameworks can help us understand how early modern sources define bodies outside of traditional notions of flesh and identity.