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Rivlin, Elizabeth

Rivlin, Elizabeth

Associate Professor, Shakespeare and Early Modern British Literature

Office: 804 Strode

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

Elizabeth Rivlin’s research 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 an associate editor of 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.