Ineke Murakami

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A. English Literature, University of Notre Dame
M.A. Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago

16th- and 17th-century literature and culture, early drama including Shakespeare, political theory, early modern economics, performance studies 

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Research Interests

Ineke Murakami specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and culture, with a focus on drama, political theory, and performance studies. Her scholarly interests also include ethics, theology, and early modern economics.

Her first book, Moral Play and Counterpublic, reassesses the English morality play as a medium of political analysis and commentary that conceals its critical function through literary and performance conventions. From its inception in the fifteenth-century, “moral play” fostered a phenomenon that was ultimately more threatening to the peace of the realm than either theater or the notorious market―a political self-consciousness that gave rise to ephemeral, non-elite counterpublics that defined themselves against institutional forms of authority.

Her current monograph explores the way scripted and unscripted performances, from court to street, constitute, test, and reconfigure the contours of political community in the seventeenth-century. Combining performance theory, cultural studies, and political philosophy, this book pursues the role of performance in transforming the symbolic grounds of identity and alliance in the decades before the English Civil War.

Select publications:

  • “‛The Fairing of Good Counsel’: Allegory, Discretion, and Disgust in Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.” Disgust in Early Modern English Literature. Eds. Barbara Correll and Natalie K. Eschenbaum. Ashgate, Forthcoming, spring 2016.
  • “Reimagining the Republic.” James Kuzner. Open Subjects: Renaissance Republicans, Modern Selfhoods, and the Virtue of Vulnerability. Journal for Early Modern and Cultural Studies, 13.3, 2013.    
  • Moral Play and Counterpublic: Transformations in Moral Drama, 1465-1699. New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • “Wager’s Drama of Convention, Class and State Constitution.” Studies in English Literature 47.2 (Spring 2007).
  • “The ‘bond and privilege of nature” in Coriolanus.” Religion & Literature 38.3 (March 2007): 121-36. Reprinted. Shakespearean Criticism 116 (October 2008).

Select Teaching:

Graduate Courses

  • “Renaissance Drama and Culture,” survey
  • “Scandal of Excess: Early Modern Economics and Aesthetics,” seminar
  • “Other Speaking: Allegory in Early English Texts,” seminar

Undergraduate Courses

  • “Imagining Renaissance: Historiography and Performance in Renaissance Texts” 
  • “Shakescenes”
  • “Monsters and their Makers”: Introduction to Writing in English Studies”