Elizabeth Elaine Tavares

PhD Candidate and Instructor
Department of English
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I teach and conduct research on early modern English literature, especially Renaissance drama. My research interests include popular playing company repertories, audience cultures, Shakespeare and performance studies, as well as the theatre's history in the early modern period. My background in history and cultural studies has led to interdisciplinary interests in ecocriticism, digital humanities, and collaborative pedagogy.

Currently I am in the early writing stages of my dissertation project, tentatively titled “Sovereignty and the Common in Renaissance Repertory, 1582–1594.” Its aim is to apply a comparative approach to analyzing the theatrical experiences playing companies cultivated by tracing the competing rhetorics of status groups and the cultural fantasies of sovereignty they provide. You can find me blogging regularly on these and new projects, theatre, and other early modern topics at
BiteThumbnails: A Playgoer's Notebook and on twitter.