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Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
(503) 352-2801
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Elizabeth E. Tavares (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary scholar of Medieval and Renaissance literature and performance. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript, The Repertory System Before Shakespeare: Playing the Stock Market, which argues that it was dramaturgical features—such as blocking, cosmetics, sound, and props—by which early playing companies distinguished themselves from one another in order to survive in the diverse, competitive theatre marketplace of the English Renaissance.

Her recent research interests include the role climatological phenomena played in the emergence of the professional playing companies, the place of victualing houses in sixteenth-century new play development, and the effects of content curation on early (modern) habits of mind. Her most recent work explores allusion to and representation of Tartary tribes—unified under Chinggis Khan in the early thirteenth century—in sixteenth-century English theatrical documents and travelogues.

Tavares's scholarship and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, Notes & Queries, Shakespeare, Scene, The Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, and The Map of Early Modern London, among others. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including from the NEH, Mellon Foundation, Early Modern Conversions, Folger Shakespeare Library, Huntington Library, Newberry Library, and Society for Theatre Research. This research has been recognized with prizes from the Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society and Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. You can find a complete vita here.

As an avid teacher and mentor, Tavares has developed courses in and lectured on British literature and history, EcoDrama, contemporary Shakespeare adaptations and performance, Critical Race Theory and hashtag activism. Her mentees have pursued thesis projects bridging the discourses of dance, embodiment, and the Victorian novel; exploring the affective affordances of Sherlock Holmes fan fiction; and tracing the history of editing grief in early modern representations of male mourning.

For more, visit her website, blog, or follow Tavares on Twitter (@ElizETavares).

    Education

    • PhD, MA, English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • BA, English & History, DePaul University
    • Certificate in Editing, University of Chicago

    Research Areas

    • Repertory Studies
    • Playing Companies
    • Theatre History & Economics
    • Shakespeare & Contemporaries
    • Digital Humanities & Curation
    • English Renaissance Literatures
    • Practice-based Research (PbR)
    • EcoDrama & Ecocriticism
    • Postcolonial & Critical Race Theory
    • Textual Editing & Criticism

    Editorial Commitments

    Courses at Pacific

    ENGL 227 World Literature and Magical Realisms
    ENGL 232 In Albion’s Wake; or, British Literature (Survey)
    ENGL 323 Shakespeare in Repertory
    ENGL 337 Vikings, Vulgates, and the Making of Medieval English Literature (Survey)
    ENGL 338 Reform, Rebirth, and Rediscovery in English Renaissance Literature (Survey)
    ENGL 340 Estrangéd Woods: Theatre and the Environment (Studies in Drama)
    ENGW 201 Writing and Research (First-Year Composition)
    ENGW 305 Research Methods in English (Junior Seminar)
    HUM 100 #OthelloSyllabus: Cyprus, Ferguson, Forest Grove (First-Year Seminar)
    HUM 100 Word Limits: The Life and Times of the Essay (First-Year Seminar)

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    The Department of English is pleased to announce the newest membership of Alpha Chi Omega, Pacific University's chapter of the internal Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. The 2019 class includes 20 students in Anthropology, Biology, Chinese, Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing, English Literature, Music, Philosophy, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre majors and minors.