Elizabeth Mackay

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Elizabeth Ann Mackay

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


  • Ph.D., Early Modern English Literature (1500-1700) and Rhetoric; Miami University (2007)
  • M. A., English Literature; Appalachian State University (2001)
  • B. S., Secondary English; Appalachian State University (1996)

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory
  • Tudor/Stuart Drama
  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Women Writers
  • Histories of Education and Pedagogy
  • Historical and Modern Popular Cultures
  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality

Selected Publications & Presentations


"Prosopopoeia, Pedagogy, and Paradoxical Possibility: The 'Mother' in the Sixteenth-Century Grammar School," Rhetoric Review 33.3 (2014).

"Shrew(d) Maternities, Elizabeth Cary’s Life, and Filial Equivocations," Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 33.2 (2014).

"Shakespeare’s Second Folio." Rose Rare Book Collection. Roesch Library, University of Dayton. Dayton, OH, September – November 2014.

Recent Conference Papers

"Mother Wits and Rhetorical Legacies in Mothers’ Advice Books." Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 2014.

"Possessive Pronouns and Preposterous Possessions in The Taming of the Shrew." South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2013.

"'She was a Phoenix queen, so shall she be': Women Writers Writing Elizabeth I's History."  Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Stanford, CA, September 2013.

"Devil('s) Dams Delivered: Proverbial Wisdom and the Rhetorical Constructions of Maternity, Child Murder, and Salvation in Early Modern England."  South Central Renaissance Conference, Omaha, NB, March 2013.

"'The ground of accidents': Salome and Figurative Exchanges in The Tragedy of Mariam."  Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati, OH, November 2012.

"'And here in London were colleges of women': School/Mothers and Rhetorical Education," Early Modern Women and Their Mentors and Tutors I, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Montreal, Canada, October 2010.