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Elizabeth Hanson


Elizabeth Hanson has taught English at Queen’s since 1989. Her teaching and research focusses on Shakespeare and early modern drama, humanist education, and the deep structure of genre in producing character, epistemic, and moral effects in the drama. She has also recently served as the Chief Negotiator and President of the Queen’s University Faculty Association, and in that capacity developed an interest in the impact of neoliberalism on the deliberative culture of the university.

Research Interests

Early modern English drama, education in letters, the social history of high literacy, university history, liberal and neo-liberal versions of the university

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

  • “Normal School: Merry Wives and the Future of a Feeling,” in Staged Normality in Shakespeare's England, eds. Rory Loughnane and Edel Semple. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018); 69-88.
  • “Early Modern Pedagogy and The Three Ladies of London,” The Three Ladies of London in Context. 2015. 16pp.
  • “No Boy Left Behind: Education and Distributive Justice in Early Modern England.” In Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature, eds. Donald Beecher et al. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 2015; 179-203.
  • “Object Lesson: The Register of the School’s Probation, Merchant Taylors’ School, 1606.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 6.3 (Fall 2013); 413-421.
  • “Education, the University and Marlowe” Christopher Marlowe in Context, eds. Emily Bartels and Emma Smith. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); 181-191.
  • “Fellow Students: Hamlet, Horatio and the Early Modern University,” Shakespeare Quarterly. 62 (2011); 205-229.

Works in Progress

  • Book: “The Social Place of Learning and the Drama in Shakespeare’s England

Upcoming Projects

  • Edition: Drama at Cambridge, circa 1600. (Critical edition of the “Parnassus Plays,” Club Law and some “saltings” or dramatic student initiation ceremonies.)
  • Book Project: “The Deliberative Subject and the Neoliberal University.”
Awards and Recognition
OCUFA 2020 Lorimer Award for “outstanding contribution to faculty collective bargaining” in Ontario.
Areas of Study
Pedagogy and Education Studies
Genres and Forms
Literary Theory and Criticism
Poetry and Poetics

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