Professor Marta Straznicky

Dr Marta Straznicky

PhD Ottawa

Contact Information

Office: Watson 539
Office Hours:
Extension: 74432

Research Interests

Early Modern theatre and print culture, book history, women’s drama, household theatre, history and theory of landscape architecture.

Recent Publications

  • “Wilton House, Theatre, Power,” The Intellectual Culture of the English Country House, 1500–1700 (University of Manchester Press, forthcoming).
  • Editor, Shakespeare’s Stationers: New Essays in Cultural Bibliography (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).
  • Editor, Household Plays of the Seventeenth Century, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (in progress).
  • “Private Drama,” The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing, ed. Laura Lunger Knoppers (Cambridge UP, 2009).
  • “Reading Through the Body: Women and Printed Drama in Early Modern England,” The Book of the Play (see below).
  • Editor, The Book of the Play: Playwrights, Stationers, and Readers in Early Modern England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006).
  • “The Red Bull Repertory in Print,” Early Theatre 9.2 (2006): 144–56.
  • Privacy, Playreading, and Women’s Closet Drama (Cambridge UP, 2004).


I have edited two essay collections that consolidate recent work in the history of playreading and the publication of early modern drama. I am presently at work on an edition of women’s household plays for “The Other Voice” series, which will feature dramas by Jane Lumley, Mary Wroth, Rachel Fane, and two co-authored plays by Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley. I have published on closet and private drama, women playwrights, and the history of playreading, and am developing new work in the history and theory of landscape architecture, particularly having to do with the Herbert estate of Wilton House as theatrical space. I have supervised dissertations ranging across textual, theatrical, and cultural studies in early modern literature, and am open to a wide range of topics in textual, theatrical, or architectural history.