Laurie Ellinghausen

Laurie Ellinghausen

Associate Professor
16G  Cockefair Hall


Areas of Specialization

Renaissance/early modern literature; Shakespeare; class, labor, and social hierarchy; early modern women's writing; cultural studies.

My research treats the myriad ways in which social hierarchies are represented, interrogated, and even re-imagined in the literature of the English Renaissance, a highly volatile period that witnessed sweeping historical changes.  My book, Labor and Writing in Early Modern England, 1567-1667 (Ashgate Press, 2008) brings shifting discourses of class and occupation to bear on the emerging institution of professional authorship, as articulated by such figures as Ben Johnson, Thomas Nashe, the Puritan radical George Wither, the maidservant Isabella Whitney, and the ferryman John Taylor " The Water Poet."  More recently, I have turned my interest in historical transformation and its effects on articulations of social identity toward questions of "renegade" religion and nationality, which I am investigating in a new book project tentatively titled Extravagant Strangers:  Renegades, Exiles, and Converts on the Early Modern Stage.  In addition to my scholarship, I currently am developing (in collaboration with Dr. Joan Dean) "The Shakespeare Institute," a continuing education course that focuses on the teaching of Shakespeare in secondary and post-secondary schools. 


  • Labor and Writing in Early Modern England, 1567-1667 (Ashgate Press, 2008)

Selected Articles

  • "Shame and eternal shame': The Dynamics of Historical Trauma in Shakespeare's First Tetralogy," Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol 20 (2008) 

  • "Literary Property and the Single Woman in Isabella Whitney's 'A Sweet Nosgay'," Studies in English Literature, 100-1900 (Winter 2055), 1-22

  • "Black Acts: Textual Labor and Commercial Deceit in Thomas Dekker's Lantern and Candlelight,"  Rogues and Early Modern Literary Culture, ed. Craig Dionne and Steven Mentz, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004, 294-311

  • " The Individualist Project of John Taylor 'The Water Poet',"  Ben Johnson Journal, Vol. 9 (2003), 147-169

  • "University of Vice: Drink, Gentility, and Masculinity" in Oxford, Cambridge, and London" in Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1660 (Eds. Amanda Bailey and Roze Hentschell), Palgrave, 2010, 45-65

  • "Teaching Wit:  Attention to Barbed Dialogue in Taming of the Shrew, "Approaches to Teaching Taming of the Shrew, ed. Meg Dupuis and Grace Tiffany, forthcoming from LA in 2012.


  • British Literature I

  • Shakespeare

  • Renaissance Literature I

  • Milton

  • Renaissance Literature II (recent offerings: Postcolonial Shakespeare, English Renaissance Drama)

  • Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories English

  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances

  • Seminar in Renaissance Literature (recent offerings: Gender and Renaissance Tragedy, Islam in Early Modern English Literature, Shakespearean Histories)


  • B.A., university honors, honors in major, and summa cum laude, University of Houston

  • M.A., Ohio State University

  • Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara