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Sarah K. Scott, Ph.D.

Sarah Scott

Professor of English / Director of University Honors Program

Department of English

Knott Academic Center
Room 225A

+ (301) 447-7415

Professor Sarah Scott, Ph.D., received a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a doctorate in English from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she was awarded the Hudson doctoral fellowship and the Yowell award for excellence in teaching. Since joining the Mount, she has taught numerous courses including Shakespeare and the Passions; Renaissance Literature; Introduction to Literary Studies; Origins of the West; and First-year Symposium. She has also mentored many Honors student Senior Projects. Scott loves collaborative work with both students and faculty.

Scott has served as Chair for the Department of English and currently acts as Director of the University Honors Program.

Current and Recent Committees

  • Standard 3 Working Group: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience, 2021-present
  • Retention Committee, 2019-present
  • Academic Advisory Committee, 2017-present
  • Honors Committee, 2017-present
  • Mount Inclusive Excellence Committee, 2013-21
  • Curriculum and Assessment Committee, 2017-20

Research interests include Shakespeare and his contemporaries, early modern English poetry and prose, gender criticism, and pedagogy. In addition to authoring a number of scholarly essays, Scott is co-editor of Christopher Marlowe: Lives, Stage, and has served as Associate Editor of Marlowe Studies and Assistant Editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare Julius Caesar project.

  • Ph.D. and M.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Faculty Development Grant, Mount St. Mary's University, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
  • University Honors Program Outstanding Service Award, Mount St. Mary's University, 2011
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Hinman Fellowship, 2009-10
  • Shakespeare and early modern drama
  • Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature
  • Cultural studies
  • Gender and sexuality studies

Selected Publications

“‘modern for the times’: Lording Barry, Christopher Marlowe, and Ovid.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 60.2 (2020): 374-364.

“Portia and the Circulation of Virtue: ‘Men may construe things after their fashion.’” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 32 (2019): 219-237.

“Discovering the Sins of the Cellar in The Dutch Courtesan: Turpe est difficiles habere nugas.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 26 (2013): 60-74.

Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman: Lives, Stage, and Page. Ed., with M. L. Stapleton. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010.

The Jew of Malta and the Development of City Comedy: ‘The Mean Passage of a History.’” In Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman, 91-108.

“A Survey of Resources.” In “Doctor Faustus”: A Critical Guide, 159-70. Ed. Sara Munson Deats. London: Continuum Press, Continuum Renaissance Drama Guides, 2010.

“‘Sell[ing] your selues away’: Pathologizing and Gendering the Socio-Economic in The Honest Whore: Part I.” Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama 44 (2006): 1-22.

“The Empress of Babylon’s ‘carbuncles and rich stones’: The Metaphorizing of the Pox in Thomas Dekker’s The Whore of Babylon.” Early Theatre 7 (2004): 67-95.

Reviews, Notes and Introductions

Review of Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Roman Tragedies (performance) Shakespeare Bulletin 28.3 (2010): 347-56.

"Marlowe at SAA: 'Marlowe and Shakespeare.'"Marlowe Society of America Newsletter 30.1 (2010): 4-5.

Review of Teaching Shakespeare and the Early Modern Dramatists, eds. Andrew Hiscock and Lisa Hopkins. Marlowe Society of America Newsletter 29 (2009): 10-11.

Review of Shakespeare Theatre's Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe (performance). Marlowe Society of America Newsletter 28 (2008): 1, 3.

Review of Playing Spaces in Early Modern Women's Drama, by Alison Findlay. Seventeenth-Century News 65 (2007): 167-69.

Review of Nature's Cruel Stepdames: Murderous Women in the Street Literature of Seventeenth Century England, by Susan C. Staub. Seventeenth-Century News 64 (2006): 187-89.

Encyclopedia entries: "Pietro Aretino," "Pietro Bembo," "Cloud of Unknowing," "Cycle, Miracle, Mystery, and Morality Plays," "English Ballad," "Epic," "John Gower," "Julian of Norwich," "John Lydgate," "Pico della Mirandola," "Michel de Montaigne," "Neoclassicism," "Pastoral," "Romance," "Scottish Poets of the Fifteenth Century," "Sonnet and Sonnet Sequence," "Tragedy," "John Wyclif," and "Andreas Vesalius." The Encyclopedia of World Writers to 1800. New York: Facts On File, 2005.

Review of Fangs of Malice: Hypocrisy, Sincerity, and Acting, by Matthew H. Wikander. Seventeenth-Century News 61 (2003): 295-97.

Associate Editor, Marlowe Studies: An Annual, 2011-17

Assistant Editor, A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, 2008–17

Participant, NEH Seminar, “Beyond Access: Early Modern Digital Texts in the Classroom: A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama,” Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., June 2016