Michelle M. Dowd

Dr. Dowd specializes in early modern literature, with concentrations in Tudor and Stuart Drama, Shakespeare, and early modern women’s writing. Her additional teaching and research interests include early modern theater culture, dramatic genres, feminist theory and gender studies, economic criticism, and early modern religious culture. Dr. Dowd's most recent book, The Dynamics of Inheritance on the Shakespearean Stage, which traces the distinctive role of Renaissance drama in maintaining and transforming inheritance practice in early modern England, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2015.

There are 7 included publications by Michelle M. Dowd :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Desiring Subjects: Staging the Female Servant in Early Modern Tragedy 2011 311 A Chapter in Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama. Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama investigates the ways in which work became a subject of inquiry on the early modern stage and the processes by which the drama began to forge ...
Genealogical Counternarratives in the Writings of Mary Carey 2012 879 The article discusses themes of motherhood, loss, and spirituality in the writings of Mary Carey including the poem "Upon Ye Sight of My Abortive Birth" and the prose meditation "Betwixt the Soul and the Body." The author's assertion that Carey's wor...
Introduction Genre and Women’s Life Writing 2007 348 Introduction to Genre and Women's Life Writing in Early Modern England. By taking account of the ways in which early modern women made use of formal and generic structures to constitute themselves in writing, the essays collected here interrogate the...
Introduction: Working Subjects 2011 374 The introduction to Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama. Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama investigates the ways in which work became a subject of inquiry on the early modern stage and the processes by which the drama began to...
Labours of Love: Women, Marriage, and Service in Twelfth Night and The Compleat Servant-Maid. 2005 6554 When Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was first performed around 1600, the institution of service in England was in the process of shifting rapidly, if uneasily, from a feudal model based on loyalty and obligation to a wage labour system based on a desire...
Leaning Too Hard Upon the Pen: Suburb Wenches and City Wives in Westward Ho. 2002 502 The article focuses on the ways in which the urban housewife as a consumer became a fixture on the London, England stage, particularly in the play "Westward Ho" by Thomas Dekker and John Webster. This play draws attention to the purchasing power of u...
Structures of Piety in Elizabeth Richardson’s Legacie. 2007 303 A chapter from Genre and Women’s Life Writing in Early Modern England. By taking account of the ways in which early modern women made use of formal and generic structures to constitute themselves in writing, the essays collected here interrogate the ...