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 drama (including Shakespeare), political theory, performance studies and theology.

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 the 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 performances, from court to street, repurpose theological feelings as a kind of extraordinary politics that shapes the contours of political community in the seventeenth-century.

Select Publications

  • “‛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

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

Undergraduate Courses

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