Tiffany Hoffman


Tiffany Hoffman currently holds the Mary Louise Nickerson Fellowship in Neuro-History through the Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University. She received her PhD in Shakespeare studies through the McGill Department of English in 2014, and has taught as an instructor at Trent University. Her research focuses on the intersections between emotion, the body and cognition, and explores how the relations amongst these states operate within the sphere of religious conversion. Her work in progress, Spiritual Complexions: Shakespeare and the Feeling of Conversion, focuses on a range of religious emotions and embodied feeling states, and investigates how conversion transpires through Galenic-humoral embodiment and the passions. The project examines ideas of metamorphic and transmutable corporeality, and also pays particularly close attention to conversion as a determinist practice that was coercively implemented through embodied and affective experience. The project grows out of her dissertation on early modern shyness and its representation in the literature of the period as a religious and moral emotion.

She has published an article on humoral and embodied conversion in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare and Consciousness, Palgrave 2016). Her other work has appeared in edited collections focusing on the history of cognition and neuroscientific approaches to Shakespeare.