Laurie Ellinghausen

Laurie Ellinghausen

Associate Professor
16G Cockefair Hall

Areas of Specialization

Early modern English literature and culture; class, labor, and occupation; globalization and empire; cultural studies.

My scholarly research centers on two topics: one, treatments of social hierarchy in literary texts, and two, Shakespeare pedagogy in higher education. The first, which spans the early years of my career to the present, reflects my fascination with how early modern subjects negotiate, revise, and even defy cultural scripts to craft newer and more empowering identities. My investigations center on class, labor, and occupational identity because these interrelated categories played a major role in formulating subjects’ understanding of themselves and their place in society. My research in this area has led me down diverse paths, toward examinations of professional authorship, domestic labor, guild politics, maritime labor, and the illegal activities of mercenaries and pirates – all with an eye toward understanding how texts reflect and shape class discourses in potentially transgressive ways. The second topic, Shakespeare pedagogy, derives inspiration from my undergraduate teaching at UMKC and my involvement in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival here in Kansas City. Particularly, I aim to explore the potential of Shakespeare for teaching students critical skills in reading, writing, and research as well as for engaging the diverse populations entering colleges and universities in increasingly higher numbers



Renegades, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing, forthcoming from University of Toronto Press, 2017

Ed. Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s English History Plays, forthcoming from MLA Publications, June 2017

Labor and Writing in Early Modern England, 1567-1667, Ashgate, 2008


Recent Articles

“Their labour doth returne rich golden gaine’: Fishmongers’ Pageants and the Fisherman’s Labor in Early Modern London,” forthcoming in Comparative Drama (Summer 2017).

“’We are of the Sea!’: Masterless Identity and Transnational Context in A Christian Turned Turk,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 41.2 (Fall 2015), 178-201.

“Teaching the Sonnets the Boothian Way,” Reading What’s There: Essays in Honor of Stephen Booth, ed. Michael Collins. University of Delaware Press, 2014, 109-16.

“Melancholy and Spleen: Models of Masculinity in The Famous History of Captain Thomas Stukeley,” Violent Masculinties, ed. Catherine E. Thomas and Jennifer Feather. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 213-30.

“Teaching Wit: Attention to Barbed Dialogue in The Taming of the Shrew,” Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, ed. Meg Dupuis and Grace Tiffany, MLA Publications, 2013, 47-54.

“University of Vice: Drink, Gentility, and Masculinity in Oxford, Cambridge, and London,” Masculinity and Metropolis, 1550-1650, ed. Amanda Bailey and Roze Hentschell, Palgrave, 2010, 45-65.

“’Shame and eternal shame’: The Dynamics of Historical Trauma in Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy,” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 20:3 (Fall 2008), 264-82.



Introduction to Poetry


Shakespeare’s Comedies and Histories

Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Romances

Shakespeare and Film


Graduate Seminar in Renaissance Literature (Shakespearean Histories; Representations of Muslims and Islam in Early Modern English Literature)



Ph.D. in English, University of California – Santa Barbara, 2003

MA in English, Ohio State University, 1997

BA in English, University of Houston, 1994