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Emily Shortslef

Research Interests:
Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
Literary and intellectual history
Critical Theory
Literary Theory
early modern drama

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. 

Selected Publications:

Book manuscript: The Drama of Complaint: Ethical Provocations in Shakespeare's Tragedy

Acts of Will: Countersovereignty and Complaining in The Tragedy of Mariam," in Early Modern Women's Complaint, eds. Sarah C. E. Ross and Rosalind Smith (Palgrave, 2020)

"The Undemanding Dead: Fantasy and Trauma in The Spanish Tragedy and Post-Reformation Revenge Drama," ELH 86.2 (2019)

"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 (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

"'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