Emily Shortslef

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  • Assistant Professor
  • English
  • Social Theory
1219 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Spring 2020 Office Hours: T 3:30-5:00


PhD, Columbia University
MA, Syracuse University



My research interests include Renaissance/early modern literature and culture, drama, intellectual history, affect theory and the history of the passions, and theories of poetics, genre, and aesthetics. My book project, Shakespeare and the Drama of Complaint, focuses on the way speeches and scenes of complaint--lamentation, supplication, and protest--in early modern theatrical tragedy explore the ethical, political, social, and aesthetic value of "complaining," a common trope in moral philosophy and other discourses for modes of action criticized as passive, ineffective, and feminine.

Selected Publications: 

Book manuscript in progress: Shakespeare and the Drama of Complaint: Address, Ethics, Action

"The Undemanding Dead: Fantasy and Trauma in The Spanish Tragedy and Post-Reformation Revenge Drama" (forthcoming, ELH)

"Face to Face, Hand to Hand: Relations of Exchange in Hamlet," in Face to Face in Shakespearean Drama: Ethics, Performance, Philosophy, eds. Matthew J. Smith and Julia Reinhard Lupton (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

"'A thousand several tongues': The Drama of Conscience and the Complaint of the Other in Shakespeare's Richard III," Exemplaria 29.2 (2017): 11-35

"Second Life: The Ruines of Time and the Virtual Collectivities of Early Modern Complaint," Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 13.3 (2013): 84-104

"Acting as an Epitaph: Performing Commemoration in the Shakespearean History Play," Critical Survey 22.2 (2010): 11-24

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