Catherine Loomis, Ph.D.



Office: LA 177
Phone: 504-280-6113


Education: MA, The Shakespeare Institute, 1993
Ph.D, University of Rochester, 1997

Catherine Loomis holds a Ph. D. in Renaissance Literature from the University of Rochester, and a Master's in Shakespeare and Performance from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon .  

The Death of Elizabeth IDr. Loomis's publications include Shaping Shakespeare for Performance: The Bear Stage (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015), a co-edited collection of essays on Shakespeare's staging practices; The Death of Elizabeth I: Remembering and Reconstructing the Virgin Queen (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), a study of the literary responses to the death of Queen Elizabeth I; and William Shakespeare: A Documentary Volume (Gale, 2002), a collection of the biographical documents used to tell Shakespeare's life story. Her essays include: "Bringing Justice to Bear: An Unusual 1609 Trial" in Shaping Shakespeare for Performance; "'I knew by his face there was something in him': Buried Stage Directions and Authorial Control" in Shakespeare and the Power of the Face, edited by James Knapp (Ashgate, forthcoming, 2015); "'Bear your body more seeming': Open-Kneed Portraits of Elizabeth I" in The Emblematic Queen: Extra-Literary Representations of Early Modern Queenship, edited by Debra Barrett-Graves (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); "'Little man, little man': Early Modern Representations of Robert Cecil" in Explorations in Renaissance Culture (Summer, 2011); "'Withered plants do bud and blossome yeelds': Naturalizing the Succession of James I" in Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, edited by Robert Sturges (Belgium: Brepols, 2011); "'Now began a new miserie': The Performance of Pedagogy in Nicholas Breton's The Miseries of Mavillia" in Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England, edited by Kathryn R. McPherson and Kathryn M. Moncrief (London: Ashgate, 2011); "Falstaff in America" in Medieval Shakespeare in Performance , edited by Sid Ray and Martha W. Driver (Jefferson , NC : McFarland, 2007); "A Brittle Gloriana: Staging the Deposition of Queen Elizabeth I" in Explorations in Renaissance Culture (Summer 2007); "Elizabeth Abbott"; "Elizabeth Southwell"; "A Short and Sweet Sonnet" in Reading Early Modern Women: An Anthology of Texts in Manuscript and Print , edited by Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer (New York: Routledge, 2003); "'What bloody man is that?': Sir Robert Carey and Shakespeare's Bloody Sergeant" in Notes & Queries 48 (September, 2001); "Othello's 'entire and perfect chrysolite': A Reply" in Notes & Queries 46 (June, 1999); and "Elizabeth Southwell's Manuscript Account of the Death of Queen Elizabeth I (with text)" in English Literary Renaissance 26.3 (Autumn, 1996) and reprinted in The Mysteries of Elizabeth I , edited by Kirby Farrell and Kathleen Swaim (Amherst: U. Massachusetts Press, 2003) and (text only) in Elizabeth I and Her Age . Ed. Susan Felch and Donald Stump ( New York : Norton, 2007).

Dr. Loomis's research interests include Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists, performance history, early modern women writers, and the use of corpses on the Jacobean stage. She is currently at work on a collection of early modern poems and short prose pieces in which male authors impersonate women.