Jennifer Thorup

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Early modern literature, Shakespearean drama, representations of  marriage, Linguistics, Performance Studies, editing practices and history,  Gender, and Religion


Education: Brigham Young University, B.A. & M.A.


Jennifer is a recipient of the Presidential Fellowship at Notre Dame and  a Gender Studies Minor. She researches early modern literature and drama with  a specific interest in terms of endearment and pet names. Predominantly,  Jennifer is driven by relationships—the relationship between text and  performance, one’s relationship to the divine, the giving and taking in  interpersonal relationships, the relation between disciplines, and the prevailing  notion of becoming “one.” Her scholarship characteristically magnifies quirky  details and contradictions in order to arrive at new affordances. 

Jennifer has taught first year writing and rhetoric for three years at Brigham  Young University and one year at Notre Dame. She also taught Advanced  Writing about the Arts and Humanities at BYU. 


Recent Scholarly Activity:

“The Mystery of One.” Humanities and Belief. Brigham Young University Vol 1  (2020). 


“Dying Hands: The Female Agent in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Tragedies.” Presented at  Women and Indian Shakespeares. 30-1 October / November 2019, Queen’s  University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  


“The Girl on Stage: Modern Takes on Early Modern Tragedy.” Presented at  Employing Interdisciplinarity, early modern legacies & future challenges. 20-21  September 2019, Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.  


“‘Thy Brother Shall Rise Again’: Raising Lazarus in Measure for Measure.  Presented at Center for Renaissance Studies 2019 Multidisciplinary Graduate  Student Conference. The Center for Renaissance Studies, 24-26 January 2019,  Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois


Bibliography of Scholarship for Cavendish Studies, revised, updated, and edited with B. R. Siegfried and Sylvia Cutler. International Margaret Cavendish Society Website, 2018, at


“What Kind of Shakespeare Do We Want?: The Messiness of Emendation.” Invited guest lecture, Professor Scoville’s ENG 232 (Shakespeare), 4 May 2018, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.


“The Androgynous Whole in Eternal Marriage” BYU Wheatley Institution  (November 2017). marriage/


“From Scotland to Mumbai: Shakespeare’s Global Influence.” Introductory lecture for “Maqbool,” BYU International Cinema Lecture Series, 21 February 2017, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.


“Mirror, Mirror: A Reflection on Mary Leapor and Elizabeth Teft.” The Instructive Enlightenment, The South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 16-18 February 2017, Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah.


“The Androgynous Appeal: Understanding the Stardom of the 18th Century Italian Castrato and the 20th Century Chinese Male Dan.” Mad Love, UCLA Comparative Literature Conference, 19-20 February 2016, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.


“Can You Hear Me? Reading Aloud as a Tool for In-Class Peer Review” Locutorium Vol. 10 (2015)