Emily Pitts Donahoe

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Email: edonahoe@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
Early modern literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, classical rhetoric, Shakespeare in performance

BA, English, Austin Peay State University
MA, English, University of Alabama, Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

Emily Pitts Donahoe is a Presidential Fellow at Notre Dame and an early modernist studying dramatic literature and rhetorical education in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Her dissertation explores divided attitudes toward rhetorical deliberation in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The project argues that while playwrights like Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Jonson use their dramas to inculcate deliberative habits of mind in their audiences, they also display skepticism about the potential usefulness of such habits. In contemplating drama’s ability to engage audiences in rhetorical debate, these playwrights examine the status of the theater itself as a site of deliberative instruction. As a Screen Cultures minor, Emily also studies film and new media adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, with a special interest in live theater broadcasts..


In Utramque Partem: Arguing Both Sides of the Question in Othello.” English Literary Renaissance, vol. 48, no. 3, 2018, pp. 314-338.

“Imitation, Innovation, and Imperium: The Grammar School Education of Lear’s Daughters.” Renaissance Papers 2016, pp. 79-90.

Conference Presentations

“Cavendish Considers Shakespeare: Rereading The Convent of Pleasure and Love’s Labor’s Lost.” The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. October 2018.

"Mediating the Shakespearean Stage: Screens, Space, and Adaptation in Two Theater Broadcasts of Richard II.” The British Graduate Conference, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. May 2018.

“Imitation, Innovation, and Imperium: The Grammar School Education of Lear’s Daughters.” Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. September 2016.