Marianne Montgomery joined ECU's English faculty in 2006 and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies and as faculty mentor for the English Club. 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 an article on stage French in Thomas Middleton's Any Thing for a Quiet Life and another on Shakespearean allusions and torture in John Dryden’s Amboyna. When not teaching and writing, 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
Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Early Modern Cultural Contact/Travel Writing
5160: English Drama to 1642
4090: Shakespeare: The Tragedies
4080: Shakespeare: The Comedies
4070: Shakespeare: The Histories
3460: Topics in Literature and Mythology (Topic: Classical Myth and Renaissance Literature)
2000: Interpreting Literature
MRST 5000: Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar (Topic: Early English Trade and Travel)
Selected Publications and Presentations
Europe's Languages on England's Stages, 1590-1620. Ashgate, 2012.
"'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.