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Elizabeth Rivlin

Elizabeth Rivlin

Associate Professor, Shakespeare and Early Modern British Literature

Department of English
Office: 804 Strode

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


Early Modern British lit; Shakespeare, adaptations, & cultural history

Research Interests
Early Modern British literature ; Shakespeare, adaptations, and cultural history

Elizabeth Rivlin’s research focuses on the reception and adaptation of Shakespeare in American literature and culture, and on the representation of service, class, and gender in early modern drama and prose. Her current book project is titled Middlebrow Shakespeare: Reading Publics. 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)

“Remedial Uses of Shakespeare: An Afterword.” Co-authored with Alexa Alice Joubin. Shakespeare and Cultural Appropriation. Ed. Vanessa I. Corredera, L. Monique Pittman, and Geoffrey Way. New York: Routledge, 2023. 222-32.

“Shakespeare for Women: Middlebrow Reading and Identity Formation in Lady Macbeth and The Weird Sisters,” Arizona Quarterly 79.1 (Spring 2023): 79-104.

“Loving Shakespeare: Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl and the Hogarth Shakespeare Project.” "Shakespeare and the Modern Novel," edited by Graham Holderness, Critical Survey 33.2 (Spring 2021).

"Shakespeare for Use and Pleasure: Elizabeth Nunez's and Terry McMillan's Middlebrown Fiction." "Forum: Shakespeare and Black America," edited by Patricia Cahill and Kim F. Hall, Journal of American Studies 54 (2020): 9-26.

“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.

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