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Sarah K. Scott, Ph.D.

Sarah Scott

Associate Professor of English / University Honors Program Director

Department of English

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. Her areas of research include Shakespeare and his contemporaries, early modern English poetry and prose, and gender criticism. In addition to authoring a number of scholarly essays, she is co-editor of Christopher Marlowe: Lives, Stage, and and serves as Associate Editor of Marlowe Studies. She has also acted as Assistant Editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare Julius Caesar project, operated under the auspices of the Modern Language Association.

Currently, Sarah is under contract with Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury Press, for the single-authored book, The Development of City Comedy: Medieval Roots to Restoration Afterlives. Since joining the Mount in 2006 Sarah has engaged in continual service on standing and ad-hoc committees. These include Honors, Inclusive Excellence, and Faculty Liaison for the Board of Trustees Student Affairs committee, as well as academic appeals and review and search committees.

Scott has also served as chair of the Department of English and has taught over a dozen courses for the Mount, including Shakespeare and Introduction to Literary Studies and Origins of the West and Symposium, honors and non-honors sections. In addition to her teaching, she has worked with many Honors students as a mentor and as co-mentor with professors in philosophy and education. For her contributions to the Honors Program and her students, she received the University Honors Program Outstanding Service Award in 2011. Scott loves collaborative work with both students and faculty.

  • 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

Current Projects

"Portia and the Circulation of Virtue" (in preparation)

"'A Speaking Eye' Lording Barry reads Hero and Leander" (in preparation)

Assistant Editor, A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (New York: Modern Language Association of America, in preparation)

"Doing Wrong with Just Cause? A History of Julius Caesar 3.1.47-48" (co-authored with M. L. Stapleton, under review)

Book, Articles, and Essays

"Discovering the Sins of the Cellar in The Dutch Courtesan: Turpe est difficiles habere nugas" (forthcoming in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, vol. 26)

"The Jew of Malta and Genre," in "The Jew of Malta": A Critical Guide, ed. Robert A. Logan (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013)

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.

"Introduction." In Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman, 1-11.

"A Survey of Resources." In "Doctor Faustus": A Critical Guide, 159-70. ed. Sara Munson Deats. London: Continuum Press, 2010.

"'Sell[ing] your selues away': Pathologizing and Gendering the Socio-Economic inThe 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