Michelle M. Dowd
Office: MHRA 3123
Office Phone: 336-334-5384
At UNCG Since: 2004
Ph.D. Columbia University-2003
M. Phil. Columbia University-2000
Graduate Certificate in Feminist Scholarship, Columbia University-2000
M.A. Columbia University-1998
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Rochester-1997
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. Her first book, Women’s Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (2009), won the Sara A. Whaley Book Award from the National Women’s Studies Association. Her most recent book, The Dynamics of Inheritance on the Shakespearean Stage, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. She has held fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (at the Newberry Library). Current projects include a book-length study, tentatively entitled Shakespeare’s Working Words, that analyzes how labor and theatrical language are mutually related on Shakespeare’s stage.
- The Dynamics of Inheritance on the Shakespearean Stage. Cambridge University Press, 2015
- Historical Affects and the Early Modern Theater, ed. with Ronda Arab and Adam Zucker. Routledge, 2015.
- Early Modern Women on the Fall: An Anthology, ed. with Thomas Festa. Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2012.
- Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama, ed. with Natasha Korda. Ashgate, 2011.
- Women’s Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- Genre and Women’s Life Writing in Early Modern England, ed. with Julie A. Eckerle. Ashgate, 2007.
Articles and Book Chapters
- “A Gentleman May Wander: Inheritance, Travel, and the Prodigal Son on the Jacobean Stage.” Renaissance Drama 42.1 (2014): 113-37.
- “Shakespeare’s Sleeping Workers.” Shakespeare Studies 41 (2013): 148-76.
- “Genealogical Counternarratives in the Writings of Mary Carey.” Modern Philology 109.4 (2012): 440-64.
- “The Devotional Writings of Dorothy Calthorpe” (with Julie A. Eckerle). ANQ 24.1-2 (2011): 89-98.
- “‘Order plays the soul’: Anne Clifford, The Temple, and the Spiritual Logic of Housework.” In George Herbert’s Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies, ed. Christopher Hodgkins. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2011. 59-77.
- “Recent Studies in Early Modern Life Writing” (with Julie A. Eckerle). English Literary Renaissance 40.1 (2010): 132-62.
- “Shakespeare and Work.” Literature Compass 7.3 (2010): 185-94.
- “Delinquent Pedigrees: Revision, Lineage, and Spatial Rhetoric in The Duchess of Malfi.” English Literary Renaissance 39.3 (2009): 499-526.
- “Labors of Love: Women, Marriage, and Service in Twelfth Night and The Compleat Servant-Maid.” Shakespearean International Yearbook 5 (2005): 103-26.
- “Leaning Too Hard Upon the Pen: Suburb Wenches and City Wives in Westward Ho.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 15 (2003): 224-42.
Awards and Honors
- Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Award for Best Teaching Edition for Early Modern Women on the Fall: An Anthology, 2013
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Newberry Library, 2012-2013
- University Research Excellence Award, UNCG, 2009-2010
- Sara A. Whaley Book Award from the National Women’s Studies Association for Women’s Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture, 2009
- Summer Excellence Research Grants, UNCG, 2005, 2008, and 2010
- Grant-in-Aid, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2001 and 2009
- Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant in Women’s and Gender Studies, UNCG, 2008-2009
- Regular Faculty Research Grant, UNCG, 2008-2009
- Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Long-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2006-2007
- Center for Humanistic Inquiry Fellowship, Emory University, 2006-2007 (declined)
- New Faculty Research Grant, UNCG, 2005-2006
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1997-1998
Genre and Women's Life Writing in Early Modern England
Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama
Women's Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture
Early Modern Women on the Fall: An Anthology
The Dynamics of Inheritance on the Shakespearean Stage