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Elizabeth Mazzola

Director of Undergraduate Studies, English Department


Division of Humanities and the Arts




NAC 6/217B

p: 212-650-6363


  • Profile

    My primary interests center on early modern literature and culture, but increasingly my work involves looking at medieval texts, too. I write about Shakespeare and Spenser as well as early women writers with whom we are less familiar, but I am also interested in the rise of literacy and its changing meanings; the education of young women, including Pocahontas; the clash between Catholic and Protestant habits of imagination during the early modern period; and how different forms of writing--including codes and ciphers, letters, diaries, notebooks, and playscripts--often come together or collide. My current project explores female agency and mobility on Shakespeare's stage. 


  • Education

    • B.A. University of Virginia
    • M.A., Ph.D., New York University
  • Publications

    My publications include four books: Learning and Literacy in Female Hands, 1520-1698 (Ashgate, 2013); Women's Wealth and Women 's Writing in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2009); Favorite Sons: The Politics and Poetics of the Sidney Family (Palgrave, 2003); The Pathology of the English Renaissance: Sacred Remains and Holy Ghosts (Brill, 1998), as well as book chapters and essays in journals like Genre, Exemplaria, Early Modern Women, Critical Survey and The Huntington Library Quarterly.

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