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Jessica Landis

Associate Professor of English and Composition


EDUCATION

  • B.A., English (drama concentration), University of Delaware, 2001
  • M.A., English Literature, Boston College, 2003
  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Shakespeare
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Composition I and II
  • First Year Inquiry Seminar

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND AREAS

  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern English drama
  • Gender Studies
  • First-year student pedagogy and programming

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Renaissance Society of America

Conferences Attended

  • Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America
  • The Wooden O Symposium
  • Annual Meeting of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition

Service

  • General and Liberal Education Committee
  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Coordinator of Women, Gender, and Leadership Program
  • Judge for submissions for Sigma Tau Delta International Convention
  • Judge for submissions to the Annual Meeting of First Year Experience and Students in Transition
  • Director of First Year Experience (2016-19)
  • Coordinator of First Year Inquiry Seminar Program (2015-2019)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • SGA Faculty and Staff Recognition Award (2018)
  • Women in Leadership Faculty Award (2017, 2018)
  • Outstanding First Year Advocate nominee, Annual Conference for the First Year Experience (2017)

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Publications

  • Book Chapter: “Much Ado about Me Too: The Political Activism of Shakespeare’s Women” in “The King is but a Man,” William Shakespeare and 21st Century Culture, Politics, and Leadership. Eds. Kristen Bezzio and Anthony Russell (2021)
  • Article: “The Allure and Joy of Female Criminals in Early Modern English City Comedy” in “Early Modern European Crime Literature: Ideology, Emotions and Social Norms.” Journal for Early Modern Studies. Eds. Maurizio Ascari and Gilberta Gollinelli Vol. 10 (2021)
  • Review of Producing Early Modern London: A Comedy of Urban Space by Kelly J. Stage (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018) in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England Vol. 32 (2019)
  • Article: “Making Romeo a Man: Violence, Sexual Conquest, and the Promise of Marital Promiscuity” in The Journal of the Wooden O, Vol. 19 (2019)
  • Review of Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens: Drama, Politics, and the Enemy Within by Sandra Logan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) in The Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. 50 (2021)
  • Book Chapter: “Public Display, Sartorial Excess, and the (Un)Making of Men on the Early Modern English Stage” in Imagining the Self, Constructing the Past: Select Proceedings from the 36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Cambridge Scholars Press (2016)

Presentations

  • “‘If She be Curst, it is for Policy’: Critiquing Early Modern Marriage through Comedic Anger,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Early Modern Women’s Anger. Virtual meeting due to COVID 19. April 17, 2020
  • “Urban Contradictions: St. Paul’s, the Theatre, and the Making of a City,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, London as Theatrical Space. Washington, D.C., April 17-20, 2019
  • “Queer Tears: Crying, Age, and Masculinity in Early Modern Drama,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Queer Affects. Los Angeles, CA, March 30-April, 2018
  • Panel Member, “Women’s Role in Government,” PoliticFitzU, FPU TV studio, Rindge, NH, September 12, 2017
  • “The Promise of Promiscuity and the Temptation of Marriage for Shakespeare’s Young Male Characters,” The Wooden O Symposium, Bros, Prose, and Hoes: Male Bonding and Matrimony. Cedar City, UT, Aug. 7-9, 2017
  • Panel Member, “Democracy March Stories,” FPU TV studio, Rindge, NH, January 31, 2017
  • “Swarming through Shakespeare: Staging Male Adolescent Identities in Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Queering Childhood. New Orleans, LA, March 23-26, 2016
  • Panel Chair, Self-fashioning, Public Spaces, and the Early Modern Stage. Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Keene State College. Keene, NH, Apr. 25, 2015
  • “Public Display, Sartorial Excess, and the (Un)Making of Men on the Early Modern English Stage,” Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Keene State College, Self-fashioning, Public Spaces, and the Early Modern Stage. Keene, NH, Apr. 24-25, 2015
  • “Enduring Osric: The Foppish Courtier in Early Modern England,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Affect and Identity in Early Modern Performance. Boston, MA, March 21-23, 2013
  • "‘To slaughter noblemen and cherish flatterers’: Anxious Masculinity and the Early Modern Stage Fop at Court," Invited speaker. Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. Amherst, MA, Apr. 30, 2012