Marianne Montgomery

Marianne Montgomery

Title: Associate Professor and Department Chair
Office: Bate 2203
Phone: 252.328.6041
E-Mail: montgomerym@ecu.edu


Marianne Montgomery joined ECU's English faculty in 2006 and currently serves as department chair. She specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and is particularly interested in English accounts of cultural encounter, including the work of Thomas Harriot, the namesake of ECU's College of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Europe's Languages on England's Stages, 1590-1620 (Ashgate, 2012) and has contributed essays on stage languages to several books. She is currently working on a new project on representations of metals and mining in early modern travel literature and drama. Dr. Montgomery received the Centennial Award for Excellence in Service in 2015 and was named a 2017 ECU Woman of Distinction. When not working, she enjoys bike riding, skiing, canoeing, eating, knitting, and playing with her cats.


A.B. Wellesley College
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia

Research Interests

Renaissance Drama
Early Modern Cultural Contact/Travel Writing

Courses Taught

ENGL 4110/6196: English Drama Beyond Shakespeare
MRST 5000: Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar (Topic: Early English Trade and Travel) 
ENGL 4999: English Professional Seminar
ENGL 4091: Shakespeare Topics (Topic: Hamlet)
ENGL 3460: Topics in Literature and Mythology (Topic: Classical Myth and Renaissance Literature)
ENGL 3090: Shakespeare: The Tragedies
ENGL 3080: Shakespeare: The Comedies
ENGL 3070: Shakespeare: The Histories
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature (Topic: Becoming Frankenstein's Monster)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Europe's Languages on England's Stages, 1590-1620. Ashgate, 2012.

"Wife, Whore, or Dutchwoman: Shifting Female Roles in The London Prodigal," European Women in Early Modern Drama, special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, 27, 2017.

"'All that glisters': The Moral Meanings of Gold in the Frobisher Narratives and The Merchant of Venice," Studies in Travel Writing 17:3, 2013.

"Listening to the Emissary in Middleton's No Wit, No Help Like a Woman's," in Emissaries in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1500-1700, ed. Brinda Charry and Gitanjali Shahani. Ashgate, 2009.

"Speaking the Language, Knowing the Trade: Foreign Speech and Commercial Opportunity in The Shoemaker's Holiday," in The Mysterious and Foreign in Early Modern England, ed. Helen Ostovich, Mary Silcox, and Graham Roebuck. University of Delaware Press, 2008.