Assistant Professor, English
Early modern English literature and culture; Shakespeare; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, poetry, and prose; medieval literature; book history; rhetoric; literature and law; critical theory; affect studies; gender studies.
Old Main, 202
Penelope Geng teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature. Her research focuses on the intersection of literature and law. Currently, she is working on her first book The Assize at Home, an investigation of lay magistracy in early modern English literature. Key texts include John Foxe’s The Book of Martyrs, domestic tragedies (such as Two Lamentable Tragedies, A Warning for Fair Women, and Arden of Faversham), and Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2 and Macbeth.
Areas of Study
- Renaissance Drama; Shakespeare
- British Literature c.1500-1700
- History of Rhetoric
- Book History
- Literature and Law
- Critical Theory
- Gender Studies
- ENGL 115-01 Shakespeare (Fall and Spring)
- ENGL 200-01 Major Medieval and Renaissance British Writers (Fall)
- ENGL 310-01 Shakespeare Studies (Fall and Spring)
“On Judges and the Art of Judicature: Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2.” Studies in Philology 114.1 (2017): 97-123.
“Before the Right to Remain Silent: The Examinations of Anne Askew and Elizabeth Young.” TheSixteenth Century Journal 43.3 (2012): 667-679.
“‘He Only Talks’: Arruntius and the Formation of Interpretive Communities in Ben Jonson’sSejanus.” The Ben Jonson Journal 18.1 (2011): 126-140.
“John Marston” (3000 words), “Sir John Davies” (1000 words), “John Dowland” (1000 words). TheEncyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. 3 Vols. Gen. ed. Garrett Sullivan and Alan Stewart; assoc. ed. Rebecca Lemon, Nicholas McDowell, and Jennifer Richards. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
Book Rev. of The Work of Form: Poetics and Materiality in Early Modern Culture. Ed. Ben Burton andElizabeth Scott-Baumann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Renaissance Quarterly 71.1 (2017): 401-2.
Book Rev. of Marissa Greenberg. Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. Renaissance Quarterly 69.3 (2016): 1188–1190.
Theater Rev. of The Changeling. Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. Director Joe Hill-Gibbins. Young Vic, London. 25 Feb. 2012. Cahiers Élisabéthains 81 (2012): 57-8.
- Francis Bacon Foundation Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2014.
- Andrew W. Mellon Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance Fellowship, 2014.
- Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School, USC, 2013-14.
- Dissertation Fellowship, Early Modern Studies Institute, USC-Huntington Library, 2012-13.
BA (Honors) in English: University of Toronto
MA in Humanities: University of Chicago
MA in English: University of Southern California
PhD in English: University of Southern California