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Vimala C. Pasupathi

Associate Dean
Associate Professor of English


PHD, 2005, Univ Texas Austin; MA, 1998, Ohio State Univ Columbus; BA, 1996, Ohio Wesleyan Univ


I completed my Ph.D. in English Literature in 2005 at the University of Texas at Austin, where I specialized in early modern literature and culture with a secondary emphasis in women, gender, and literature. Prior to that, I earned a Masters degree in English from The Ohio State University in 1998 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1996. As an undergraduate at OWU, I played varsity Volleyball and Basketball and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

At Hofstra, I teach Shakespeare (English 115 and 116), Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (English 112), Renaissance and 17th-Century Literature (English 117), Ways of Reading (English 100), and the early British Literature survey (English 41), which covers works from the 5th century to 1798. I also teach graduate-level Shakespeare courses (ENGL 291 A and U)

Research: Shakespeare and early modern drama, poetry, and epic; military history in England and Scotland; British Nationalism(s); women's writing; print and manuscript culture.

Recent Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 14, ENGL 100, ENGL 115, ENGL 112, ENGL 115, ENGL 116, ENGL 117, ENGL 291A, ENGL 291U.

Scholarly Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Mars Rising: Army Pamphlets and London Culture post-1642,” Yearbook of English Studies 44 (2014).
  • “Arms and the Book: ‘Workes,’ ‘Playes’ and ‘Warlike Accoutrements’ in William Cavendish’s The Country Captain,” Philological Quarterly 91 (2012): 277–303.
  • “Coats and Conduct: The Materials of Military Obligation in Shakespeare’s Henry Plays,” Modern Philology 109 (2012): 1–26.
  •  “Jockeying Jony: The Politics of Horse Racing and Regional Identity in The Humourous Magistrate,” Early Theatre 14.2 (2011): 149–182.
  • “Shakespeare, Fletcher, and the ‘The Gain O’ the Martialist,’” Shakespeare 7.5 (2011): 296–308.
  • “New Model Armies: Recontextualizing the Camp in Margaret Cavendish’s Bell in Campo,” ELH 78 (2011): 
  • “The King’s Privates: Sex and the Soldier’s Place in John Fletcher’s The Humorous Lieutenant  (ca. 1618),”Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama XLVII (2008): 25–50.

Chapters in Edited Collections

  • “The King Beyond the Clouds: Visualizing Sovereignty inRichard II and 1 Henry IV” in Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s History Plays, Ed. Laurie Ellinghausen (under contract with the Modern Language Association).
  • “Locating The Valiant Scot (1626/1637)” in Performing Environments: Site Specificity in Medieval & Early Modern English Drama. Eds. Susan Bennett and Mary Polito (Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2014): 241–259.
  • “Furious Soldiers and Mad Lovers: Fletcherian Plots and The History of Cardenio” in The Creation and Re-creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes. Eds. Gary Taylor and Terri Bourus(Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2013): 83–94.
  •  “The Quality of Mercenaries: Contextualizing Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Scots” in Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers.Eds. Willy Maley and Rory Loughnane (Ashgate Publishing, November 2013): 22–57.
  •  “Teaching Margaret Cavendish’s Bell in Campo,” in Teaching Restoration and Eighteenth Century Women Dramatists. Eds. Bonnie Nelson and Catherine Burroughs (New York: Modern Language Association, 2010): 348–355.
  • “Old Playwrights, Old Soldiers, New Martial Subjects: Shakespeare, the Cavendishes, and the Drama of Soldiery,” Cavendish and Shakespeare: Interconnections. Eds. James B. Fitzmaurice and Katherine Romack (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006): 123–148.

Book Review

  •  LandgarthaA Tragedy by Henry Burnell, ed. Deana Rankin (Four Courts Press, 2013), The Review of English Studies (2014). [Review published online; forthcoming in print].

Electronic Publications

Other Published Work

  • “Theories of Creativity in a Historical Lens,” co-authored with Monisha Pasupathi and Benjamin Armintor, Clio’s Psyche 18 (2011): 281–284.
  •  Introduction, Notes, and Critical Bibliography, Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (New York: Simon & Schuster, June 2006).
  • Curriculum Guide to Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, co-authored with Ashley E. Shannon (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004).

Teaching Interests

Literature and 2008 Presidential Election Podcasting & other technologies Research methods British Literature, Anglo-Saxon to 1798 Tudor & Stuart literature, More to Milton

Research Interests

Shakespeare English Modern Drama and theater history Early women’s literature to 1900 Literature & warfare Early modern rhetoric & poetics Scotland, Ireland, & Wales Early historiography Gender & sexuality Early modern nationalism(s) Documentary and narrative

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
HUHC 013 (LT) C & E FALL HUMANITIES Undergraduate
HUHC 014 (LT) C & E SPRING HUMANITIES Undergraduate
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