Associate Professor of English
218 Locke Hall
Elisa Oh received her B.A. from Smith College; her M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia; and her Ph.D. in Early Modern English Language and Literature from Boston University. Her dissertation, “Defining Absence: Reading Female Silence in Early Modern English Literature, 1580-1640,” sought to broaden the definition of literary silences and to theorize them as active modes of gendered signification in early modern drama and prose romance. She teaches Shakespeare, a British Renaissance literature survey, a British Literature survey, British Drama, and introductions to the English major and literary theory. She has reviewed a number of books for Sixteenth Century Studies and Seventeenth-Century News, and a recent, prize-winning article in Explorations in Renaissance Culture compares the resistant intentional silences of Cordelia in King Lear and Mariam in The Tragedy of Mariam. Informed by feminist, new historicist, and cultural materialist critics, her research interests focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century public drama, closet drama, women writers, representations of the racial Other in Jacobean court masques, the Sidney circle, concepts of subjectivity, letter-writing, and social dance practices. In terms of other professional activities, she has participated in two research seminars at the Folger Shakespeare Library and presented a dozen papers at conferences such as the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and the Shakespeare Association of America. Before joining the Howard University faculty, she taught at Montgomery College, James Madison University, and the University of Maryland.