Emily Shortslef

  • Assistant Professor
  • English
  • Social Theory
1219 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Fall 2017 Office Hours: by appointment only (on leave)


PhD, Columbia University
MA, Syracuse University



My research interests include Renaissance/early modern literature and culture, drama, intellectual history, affect theory and the history of the passions, and theories of poetics, genre, and aesthetics. My book project, Shakespeare and the Drama of Complaint, focuses on the way speeches and scenes of complaint--lamentation, supplication, and protest--in early modern theatrical tragedy explore the ethical, political, social, and aesthetic value of "complaining," a common trope in moral philosophy and other discourses for modes of action criticized as passive, ineffective, and feminine.

Selected Publications: 

"'A thousand several tongues': The Drama of Conscience and the Complaint of the Other in Shakespeare's Richard III," Exemplaria 29.2 (2017): 11-35

"Second Life: The Ruines of Time and the Virtual Collectivities of Early Modern Complaint," Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 13.3 (2013): 84-104

"Acting as an Epitaph: Performing Commemoration in the Shakespearean History Play," Critical Survey 22.2 (2010): 11-24

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