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Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD

Assistant Professor
(503) 352-2801
UC Box 
A142
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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 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 National Endowment for the Humanities, 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. Check out her Faculty Teaching Profile here.

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

    Awards

    Editorial Commitments

    Courses at Pacific

    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)

    Headlines

    Photos of 2022 Poet Laureate Fellows from MFA

    Julia B. Levine MFA '19 named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow.

    Mike Steele

    Professor Emeritus Mike Steele will be formally inducted into the United States Handball Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Portland on Friday, June 17.

    Ollie Kurk

    "Ollie Kurk is an exceptional thinker and writer who distinguished herself early on at Pacific University," nominators wrote.

    Malia Guerrero '22 receives diploma with Narce Rodriguez

    Guerrero is the editor of an anthology of poetry by female poets of Hawai'i, served as a First-Year Seminar mentor, and worked with PLUM and Silk Road Review publications at Pacific.

    George Wallace ’09, compiled and edited an anthology of poetry entitled NYC From the Inside: NYC Through the Eyes of The Poets Who Live Here.