About Me

Portrait of Caroline Bicks

In 2017, I joined the English faculty at the University of Maine as the inaugural Stephen E. King Chair in Literature. I also teach at the Bread Loaf School of English. In my academic work, I specialize in early modern literature and culture, the history of science, and gender studies. My most recent book, Cognition and Girlhood in Shakespeare’s World, came out in 2021 with Cambridge University Press.

I also love telling my stories. I’ve performed and published them in places like the New York Times Modern Love column and Caroline’s Comedy Club, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” I’ve chronicled falling on my face during my father-daughter dance, navigating the tenure track as half of a “two-body problem,” and my dream date with Dr. Ferber.

My passion for Shakespeare and a good laugh came together in 2015 when I co-authored a humorous cocktail book inspired by the Bard’s most dysfunctional characters and storylines — a collaboration that continues to thrive on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency with pieces like “I am Lady Macbeth, and your Facebook post about your kid’s early acceptance to Harvard enrages me.”

You can view my CV here.

Info on how to order my book from Cambridge University Press