I am an Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University and author of The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender (Cambridge, 2016; paperback 2019). I specialize in the literature of 16th and 17th century England, and I am dedicated to making literary, theater, and book histories more feminist. For me, that means recovering women’s labor, as well as examining new possibilities in familiar texts. My essays on early modern drama and women’s texts have appeared in many journals and edited collections.
I am writing a book on the history of editing and staging masques in Shakespeare. Remaking Shakespeare's Masques investigates how Shakespeare used masques (courtly spectacles with masked dancers) and how we have used them since. For centuries, editors and directors have remade Shakespeare's masques to reach new audiences, and these scenes have become fascinating conversations across time. By studying their histories and attending to the shifting concepts of identity they reveal, I uncover the prejudices, activism, and conversations Shakespeare's plays have enabled.
My other writing project is a series of essays about the bookish Stanley women, using research supported by the Huntington and Folger libraries. I'm also gathering evidence of female theatrical patrons during Shakespeare's time for a trade or "crossover" academic book I like to call The Women Who Made Shakespeare's Theater.
I serve as Book Reviews Editor for Shakespeare Bulletin, and I edit texts by women writers. I am a contributing editor and member of the advisory board for The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making, and I'm working on editions of two plays: The Bridals by Margaret Cavendish and The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary.
You can find my full CV here. If you'd like to be in touch, find me on Twitter using the button below, or contact me at kolkovich.1 (at) osu.edu.