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Rivlin, Elizabeth

Rivlin, Elizabeth

Associate Professor, Shakespeare and Early Modern British Literature

Office: 804 Strode

Film Adaptations of Shakespeare

Ph.D. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., Vassar College

Focus: Early Modern British Literature

Research Interests: Elizabeth Rivlin’s interests include the history of Shakespeare in American literature and culture, especially cultures of reading; theories of adaptation; and early modern drama and prose, with an emphasis on gender and social class in relation to public/private spheres. Her current book project is titled Shakespeare and the American Middlebrow. She serves as a book review editor for the journal College Literature and is on the editorial board for the journal Shakespeare.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation. (Co-edited with Alexa Huang.) New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

The Aesthetics of Service in Early Modern England. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2012.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“State of the Topic: Service and Servants in Early Modern Culture.” Journal of Early Modern Studies 4, special issue, Service and Servants in Early Modern Culture, 1500-1750, edited by William Carroll and Jeanne Clegg (Spring 2015).

“Adaptation Revoked: Knowledge, Trauma, and Ethics in Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres,” Shakespeare, Appropriations, and the Ethical, ed. Alexander Huang and Elizabeth Rivlin. 73-87.

“Authorship and Adaptation in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1991).” Modern British Drama on Screen. Ed. Robert Bray and R. Barton Palmer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 236-57.

“The Rogues’ Paradox: Redefining Work in The Alchemist,” in Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama, ed. Michelle M. Dowd and Natasha Korda. Farnham, UK, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. 115-29.

“Forms of Service in Thomas Deloney’s The Gentle Craft.” English Literary Renaissance 40.2 (Spring 2010): 191-214.

“Mimetic Service in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” English Literary History 72 (2005): 105-128.

“Theatrical Literacy and Social Mobility in The Comedy of Errors.Critical Survey 14 (2002): 64-78. Special Issue: Literacies in Early Modern England. Ed. Margaret Ferguson and Eve Sanders.