Graduate Student Profile

Amanda Boyd

Status: ABD

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

Amanda Weldy Boyd graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a double major in English and Italian & Special Fields--Classics. She is interested in theatrical biography, classical transmission in the 18th century, Renaissance reworkings of classical sources as appropriated by writers in the 18th century, satire, and moral epistolary writing. Amanda is a USC Provost's Fellow. In college, she received a UCLA Alumni Association Scholarship as an entering freshman and the Distinguished Senior Award. For her work in the eighteenth century, Amanda received an Ahmanson Research Scholarship and the Rose Gilbert Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Amanda was awarded highest honors for her senior thesis. Amanda's dissertation is an examination of theatrical biography in the long eighteenth century. 


  • BA English, UC - Los Angeles

Employment History

  • Assistant Lecturer, USC Writing Program, USC, 2010 - 2013


Research Keywords

  • theatrical biography; performance; originality; classical transmission; Shakespearean adaptation; Ancients versus Moderns; literary legacies and lineage

Research Specialties

  • theatrical biography; Shakespearean adaptation in the eighteenth century; Conceptions of "Roman-ness"; classical transmission

Conference Presentations

  • ASECS-- Williamsburg, Virginia: "Missing the (Theatrical) Point: Anecdote in Long Eighteenth-Century Thespian Biography.” (expected), 3/2014
  • PAMLA-- San Diego, California: “Weighty Matters: Hamlet Reconsidered as a Carnivalesque Figure.”, 11/2013
  • USC Association of English Graduate Students (AEGS) Conference— Los Angeles, California: “Justifiable Self-Torture?: Nathaniel Hawthorne, ‘Young Goodman Brown,’ and the Pragmatics of the Puritan Mental Landscape.” , 4/2013
  • SEASECS: “Goosed into Reconsideration: Golden Eggs, Dueling Chaucer Pilgrim Illustrations, and Blake’s Debt to Hogarth.” , 3/2013
  • MaRSA: “No Room for an Early Modern Elysium: The Metamorphoses of Christian Pagan Tradition into Christian Hell.”, 2/2013
  • NeMLA: “Whose Island Is It Anyway? The Amplification of Gender and Property Rights in Semi-Operatic and Operatic Tempests of the Restoration.” , 3/2012
  • MaRSA: "The Physicality of Cultural Collisions in Shakespeare’s Roman Tragedies: English, Roman, and “Other” as Intersecting Planes of Representation", 2/2012
  • PaMLA: "Being the Bee: Proper Methods of Collecting Knowledge in Aulus Gellius as Pollinated by Jonathan Swift", 11/2011
  • MaRSA: “The Physicality of Cultural Collisions in Shakespeare’s Roman Tragedies: English, Roman, and ‘Other’ as Intersecting Planes of Representation.”, 4/2011
  • ASECS: "A 'Swift' Glance in the Mirror of Satire: The Fractured Face of Bentley, Champion of the Moderns" , 3/2011
  • 8th Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference: “It’s Insane to Remain on Just One Plane: Evaluating the Self/Other and Intermediary Identities in Coriolanus” , 10/2010
  • NeMLA: "On Moral Grounds: The Roman Villa and the 18th-century Verse Epistle", 4/2010
  • Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference: "The Perils of Misplaced Parallels: Racism and Resistance in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko", 2/2010

Other Presentations

  • ""His Work, My Words: The Five Posthumous Lives of Charles Macklin, Comedian"", First Chapter Symposium, Department of English, USC, Fall 2013   
  • ""Living by the Knife: Gladiators and Castrati as Major, Marginalized Embodiments of Manliness" ", Spring Colloquium:, GAEMS, USC, Spring 2010   

Honors and Awards

  • USC Provost's Fellowship, 8/1/2009-5/30/2014  
  • Departmental Travel Grant, expected, Spring 2014   
  • Departmental Summer Funding Grant (Folger Library), 7/18/2013-7/28/2013  
  • USC-Huntington EMSI Summer Research Fellow, 6/1/2013-6/30/2013  
  • Departmental Travel Grant , Spring 2013   
  • First Presbyterian Church of Orange Scholarship, Spring 2013   
  • GPSS Travel Grant, Spring 2013   
  • Departmental Travel Grant, Spring 2012   
  • Departmental Travel Grant, Spring 2011   
  • Provost's Fellow Travel Grant, Spring 2011   
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Kathryn Phillips Fellowship, 2009-2010   
  • GPSS Travel Grant, Spring 2010   
  • NeMLA Travel Grant, Spring 2010   
  • UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Senior Award, 2008-2009   
  • Highest Honors, Departmental Thesis, Spring 2009   
  • Ahmanson Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Spring 2008   
  • Naumberg Research Award, Spring 2008   
  • Rose Gilbert Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Spring 2008   

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

  • Member, PaMLA, 2011-  
  • Member, ASECS, 2010-  
  • Member, NeMLA, Spring 2010   

Other Service to the Profession

  • Moderator, NeMLA—Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: "‘Is the Biographer an Artist?’: Tracing Authority within Collected Remembrance." April 3-6, 2014 (expected)., Spring 2014   
  • Moderator, ASECS—Williamsburg, Virginia: "Theatrical Prose: Encountering the Stage in Eighteenth-Century Literature." March 20-22, 2014 (expected)., Spring 2014   
  • Voting Member, ASECS Fliegelman Excellence in Mentorship Award Committee, Spring 2013   
  • Moderator, PaMLA—Seattle, Washington: "Ancient- Modern Relations." October 21, 2012., Fall 2012   
  • Voting Member, ASECS Fliegelman Excellence in Mentorship Award Committee, Spring 2012   



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