Areas of Interest
Early modern literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, Shakespeare in performance, early modern performance practices, early modern logic, rhetoric, and pedagogy
BA, English, Austin Peay State University
MA, English, University of Alabama, Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies
Emily Pitts Donahoe is an early modernist focusing primarily on Shakespeare and dramatic literature. Her master’s thesis considered the relationship between early modern rhetorical education and Shakespeare’s use of the question in Othello and King Lear through an examination of how the characters in these plays employ the rhetorical practices emphasized in grammar school instruction. Some of her previous scholarly work has considered logic and the supernatural on the early modern stage, and she intends to pursue future research in Shakespeare in performance and on film.
Recent Scholarly Activity
“Imitation, Innovation, and Imperium: The Grammar School Education of Lear’s Daughters.” Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. September 2016.
Co-Presenter, “‘Instrumental Harmony’: Collaborating as a Modern Knowledge Network to Understand and Vivify an Historic Knowledge Network in the EMNON Project.” Digitorium: University of Alabama Digital Humanities Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL. April 2015.
“‘Hell’s a Fable’: (Il)logic at Work in Doctor Faustus and Paradise Lost.” South Central Renaissance Conference, Raleigh, NC. March 2015.