Ineke Murakami

Ineke Murakami

Associate Professor

PhD, University of Notre Dame
MA, English Literature, University of Notre Dame
MA, Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ineke Murakami

Ineke Murakami specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and culture, with a focus on Shakespeare (and other drama), political theory, performance, and affect studies.

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

Her current monograph explores the way performances, from court spectacle to street theater, repurpose religious affect as a kind of extrainstitutional politics with the power to reconceptualize community in seventeenth-century England.

Select Publications

  • “Winstanley’s ‘Righteous Actors’: Performance, Affect, and Extraordinary Politics in the Seventeenth Century,” Theatre Survey 62, no.3 (in press, September 2021, Cambridge University Press).

  • “Performance Beyond Drama.” Special issue, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 51, no. 3 (in press, September, 2021, Duke U.P.).
  • “‛Her strong toil of grace’: Charismatic Performance from Queens to Quakers,” Shakespeare Survey 69 (2016): 166-180.
  • “‛The Fairing of Good Counsel’: Allegory, Discretion, and Disgust in Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.” Disgust in Early Modern English Literature, 145-163. Edited by Barbara Correll and Natalie K. Eschenbaum. Routledge, 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).

Select Teaching

Graduate Courses

  • “Teaching Shakespeare in the 21st-Century,” seminar
  • “Allegory: the Other Speaking of Fantasy,” seminar
  • “Renaissance Bodies Politic,” seminar
  • “English Renaissance Drama and Culture,” survey
  • “Scandal of Excess: Early Modern Economics and Aesthetics,” seminar

Undergraduate Courses

  • “Shakespeare and the Poetics of Revenge”
  • “Shakescenes”
  • “Medieval and Renaissance Mythbusting”
  • “British Literary Traditions I: Survey”
  • “Monsters and their Makers”: Introduction to Writing in English Studies”