John Gulledge


John Gulledge is a Ph.D. student in English at Emory University. Specializing in early modern performance and culture as well as Critical Disability Studies, he is particularly interested in how we might face emergent questions by mining the past for their answers. One important question—and likely the larger project of his Ph.D.—picks up the mantle of dismodernism to ask and answer: what is on the other side of a dissolved disability identity category? What remains in modern political mobility if identity politics is successfully reimagined? Drawing on the methods of Performance Studies, his objects of study are far-ranging and toe outside the literary, while his disciplinary framework is perhaps even more rebellious. At the heart of this project is what he has termed “sustainable ontologies,” a turn of sorts: if we are to dissolve the impairment/normalcy binary, we must then also replace identity with sustainable difference.

Research Interests:

  • Early Modern Period
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Disability Recovery/Revisionary
  • Bioethics
  • Biocriticism/Ecocriticism


B.A., University of South Carolina, 2013; M.A., Auburn University, 2017; Ph.D. Emory University, 2023 (expected)


"Dis/Enabling Spaces: Crip-Ecologies of The Tempest," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 2016 (presentation)

"Commercializing the Flesh: Trade, Contract, and Agency in Shakespeare's 'Problem' Plays," South Eastern Renaissance Conference, 2015