Ineke Murakami specializes in Renaissance literature and culture, with a focus on Shakespeare and drama, political theory, performance, affect, and religious studies.
Her first book, Moral Play and Counterpublic, reassesses the English morality play as a medium of social commentary that conceals its social criticism in literary and performance conventions. From its start, “moral play” fostered a phenomenon arguably as threatening to the peace of the realm as the theater or the notorious market―a political self-consciousness that gave rise to ephemeral, non-elite counterpublics.
Her current monograph explores the way different groups around the English Civil Wars use social performance to generate affective intensities, from charisma to dread. These belief-producing, prosocial intensities have long been associated with religion, but this project explores how they have been repurposed to fuel the kind of extrainstitutional politics that create deep structural change.
- “Winstanley’s ‘Righteous Actors’: Performance, Affect, and Extraordinary Politics in the Seventeenth Century,” Theatre Survey, 62.3 (Sept. 2021): 248-271.
- “Performance Beyond Drama,” Introduction, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, special issue, 51.3 (Sept. 2021): 387-395.
- “‛Her strong toil of grace’: Charismatic Performance from Queens to Quakers,” Shakespeare Survey 69 (Oct. 2016): 166-180.
- “‛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. Routledge, May 2016: 145-163.
- Moral Play and Counterpublic: Transformations in Moral Drama, 1465-1599. New York: Routledge, 2011. Paperback edition 2019.
- “Wager’s Drama of Convention, Class and State Constitution.” Studies in English Literature 47, no. 2 (Spring 2007): 305-29
- “The ‘bond and privilege of nature' in Coriolanus.” Religion & Literature, 38.3 (March 2007): 121-36. ---. Reprinted. Shakespearean Criticism, 116 (October 2008).
- 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
- Undergraduate Courses
- “Shakespeare and the Poetics of Revenge”
- “Medieval and Renaissance Mythbusting”
- “British Literary Traditions I: Survey”
- "Shakespeare's Stuff: Material and Visual Culture"