Marianne Montgomery

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs
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Marianne Montgomery joined ECU’s English faculty in 2006 and currently serves as Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs. She previously served as department chair from 2016-2022. She specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and is particularly interested in English accounts of cultural encounter. She is the author of Europe’s Languages on England’s Stages, 1590-1620 (Ashgate, 2012) and has contributed essays on stage languages to several books. She is currently working on a new project on representations of metals and mining in early modern travel literature and drama. Dr. Montgomery received ECU’s Talton Leadership Award in 2022 and the Centennial Award for Excellence in Service in 2015 and was named a 2017 ECU Woman of Distinction. When not working, she enjoys bike riding, skiing, canoeing, eating, knitting, and playing with her daughter and her cats.


  • A.B. Wellesley College
  • M.A. University of Virginia
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Drama
  • Early Modern Cultural Contact/Travel Writing

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 4110/6196: English Drama Beyond Shakespeare
  • MRST 5000: Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar (Topic: Early English Trade and Travel)
  • ENGL 4999: English Professional Seminar
  • ENGL 4091: Shakespeare Topics (Topic: Hamlet)
  • ENGL 3460: Topics in Literature and Mythology (Topic: Classical Myth and Renaissance Literature)
  • ENGL 3090: Shakespeare: The Tragedies
  • ENGL 3080: Shakespeare: The Comedies
  • ENGL 3070: Shakespeare: The Histories
  • ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines
  • ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature (Topic: Becoming Frankenstein’s Monster)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Europe’s Languages on England’s Stages, 1590-1620. Ashgate, 2012.
  • “Fat Falstaffs and Sullied Flesh in Dryden’s Amboyna,” in Materializing the East in Early Modern English Drama, ed. Murat Ögütcü and Aisha Hussain. Arden Bloomsbury, 2023.
  • “Language and Seafaring in Thomas Middleton and John Webster’s Anything for a Quiet Life,” in Travel and Drama in Early Modern England: The Journeying Play, ed. Claire Jowitt and David McInnis. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • “Wife, Whore, or Dutchwoman: Shifting Female Roles in The London Prodigal,” European Women in Early Modern Drama, special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, 27, 2017.
  • “‘All that glisters’: The Moral Meanings of Gold in the Frobisher Narratives and The Merchant of Venice,” Studies in Travel Writing 17:3, 2013.
  • “Listening to the Emissary in Middleton’s No Wit, No Help Like a Woman’s,” in Emissaries in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1500-1700, ed. Brinda Charry and Gitanjali Shahani. Ashgate, 2009.


  • 2022 Talton Leadership Award, East Carolina University
  • 2018 Centennial Award for Excellence in Ambition (Team: Console-ing Passions @ ECU Conference), East Carolina University
  • 2017 Woman of Distinction, East Carolina University
  • 2017 Treasured Pirate Award for “Effective Leadership,” College of Arts and Sciences, East Carolina University
  • 2015 Centennial Award for Excellence in Service, East Carolina University
  • 2014 Service Award, Department of English, East Carolina University
  • 2013 Research/Creative Activity Award, Department of English, East Carolina University
  • 2010 Treasured Pirate Award for “Display of Creativity and/or Service,” College of Arts and Sciences, East Carolina University

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae