British and Irish Literary Studies
Marissa Greenberg’s teaching and scholarship focus on 16th- and 17th-century English literature, performance, and their modern-day adaptations. Fully online courses on Shakespeare and Milton are Prof. Greenberg's bread and butter at UNM. But she also teaches courses on the tragic tradition, non-Shakespearean plays, and women in the early modern English drama.
In her first book, Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England (University of Toronto Press, 2015), Prof. Greenberg reads both dramatic works and works about drama to reconceptualize tragedy as an aesthetic form that engages directly with historical conditions and events in London. Metropolitan Tragedy was written with the support of a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and grants from UNM’s Research Allocation Committee.
Greenberg has also published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, including English Literary Renaissance, Modern Language Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Genre, Arrêt sur Scène/Scene Focus, and the second edition of The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama.
Currently Prof. Greenberg is at work on a few scholarly and pedagogical projects, all of which emphasize identity and lived experience. Revolutionary Bodies is Prof. Greenberg’s book-length study of embodied movement in the literature of England’s “century of revolutions,” in particular the writings of 17th-century poet and polemicist John Milton. Inspired by teaching Ramón Flores and Lynn Butler’s The Merchant of Santa Fe, a radical New Mexican adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, she has been writing a series of articles on Shakespearean adaptation. And she is collaborating on an article on identity-based pedagogy in the online literature classroom and an open-source online edition of a Shakespeare play.