Allison Machlis Meyer, PhD
Building/Room: Casey 510-06
Teaching and Research Interest
In both my research and teaching I am interested in the multiple perspectives that inform and produce interpretations of literature and history. In my research, I explore how the stories of historical royal women of the early modern period are retold in a series of historical narratives and drama, each account intertextually informed by other histories and fictions, and each informing our view of the past and shaping our understanding of literature, genre, gender, and nationalism . I have a particular interest in Elizabeth Woodville Grey, Elizabeth York, Katharine Gordon, and Anne Boleyn, and I’ve written about how their political agency is recorded, lauded, or interrogated in the early modern political and chronicle histories of Thomas More, Edward Hall, John Foxe, and Francis Bacon, and the historical drama of early modern playwrights William Shakespeare, Thomas Heywood, and John Ford. I am currently working on a project about a chronicle history of Edward II written by Renaissance Englishwoman Elizabeth Cary and Christopher Marlowe’s stage play about the same king.
Areas of Specialty: Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, early modern historiography, feminist theory.
Current and Recent Courses: Shakespeare Context and Theory
Future Courses: Readings in Brit Lit I, Renaissance Drama
I earned my B.A. in English from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and my M.A. in English from the University of Idaho. I have a PhD in English and a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.