Elizabeth Ann Mackay

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Elizabeth Mackay
Phone: 937-229-3406

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  • 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


”50 Shades of Elizabeth; or, 'Doing History' in Pop Fiction," in Remembering Rulers: Reputation, Reinterpretation, and Reincarnation (forthcoming).

"Rhetorical Intertextualities of M.R., The Mothers Counsell, Or Live Within Compasse," Women Writers Project: The Blog.

With Rebecca Potter, "Ophelia's Mother: The Phantom of Maternity in Shakespeare's Hamlet," in The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination: Missing, Presumed Dead, ed. Berit Astrom (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 127-142.

"Good Grammar, Possessive Pronouns, and Preposterous Possessions in The Taming of the Shrew." Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 17.1 (2017): 31-67.

"Prosopopoeia, Pedagogy, and Paradoxical Possibility: The 'Mother' in the Sixteenth-Century Grammar School," Rhetoric Review, 33.3 (2014): 201-218.

"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.


"50 Shades of Elizabeth; or, ‘Doing History’ in Pop Fiction.” South Central Renaissance Conference, Austin, TX, April 2017.

"Super She-roes and Faith Traditions: Judith, Wonder Woman, and Kamala Khan.” Women’s History Month Keynote Address, Women and Gender Studies and UD’s Women’s Center, University of Dayton, March 2017.

“Conversations about Shakespeare’s ‘Compositions.’” Invited Speaker, with Alex McLeod (English), Andrea Wells (Music) and UD’s Opera Workshop Members, Campus Cultural Connections, University of Dayton, April 2015.

“Early Modern Women Writers’ Rhetorical (Re)imaginings of Elizabeth I’s Life and Legacy.” South Central Renaissance Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2016. Essay received Agnes Strickland Award for Best Essay of the Queen Elizabeth I Society.

“Women Novelists’ Historical (Re)imaginings of Elizabeth I,” Invited Speaker, Research Colloquium Series, University of Dayton, November 2015.

“Incorporating Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet into ENG 100 and ENG 200H.” Workshop Co-Leader (with Alex McLeod), Composition Colloquium, University of Dayton, August 2015.

“Attending to Kairotic Moments in Early Modern Women’s Writing,” Workshop Leader, Attending to Early Modern Women, Milwaukee, WI, June 2105

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

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

"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.