Emily Pitts Donahoe is a Presidential Fellow at Notre Dame and an early modernist studying dramatic literature and rhetorical education in
sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Her dissertation explores divided attitudes toward rhetorical deliberation in the plays of
Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The project argues that while playwrights like Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Jonson use their dramas to inculcate deliberative habits of mind in their audiences, they also display skepticism about the potential usefulness of such habits.
In contemplating drama’s ability to engage audiences in rhetorical debate, these playwrights examine the status of the theater itself as a site of deliberative instruction. As a Screen Cultures minor, Emily also studies film and new media adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, with a special interest in live theater broadcasts