Elizabeth Kolkovich specializes in early modern literature with emphasis on gender and theater history. Her first book, The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender (Cambridge, 2016), analyzes the politics of a unique kind of pageantry. More recently, her research explores the relationship between Tudor-Stuart festivity and professional drama, and she is writing a book on masques in staged and printed Shakespeare, titled “Shakespeare’s Revels.” As a feminist scholar, she also researches the ways women shaped early modern literature through writing, reading, and patronage. Current interests include the seventeenth-century poet Hester Pulter and the letters and literary patronage of Alice Stanley Egerton, Countess of Derby (1559-1637), and her daughter Elizabeth Stanley Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1558-1633).
Kolkovich has won several awards and grants for her teaching and research, including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (Ohio State’s highest teaching honor), the Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award, short-term fellowships at the Huntington Library, and Mansfield campus awards for both Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Scholarship. Her published work has appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly, Early Modern Culture, and several edited collections.
- The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender. Cambridge UP, 2016.
- "Women Dancing the Morris in Fletcher and Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen, 1613–2015." Shakespeare (the journal of the British Shakespeare Association), vol. 13, no. 2, 2017, pp. 164-79.
- “Performing Patronage, Crafting Alliances: Ladies’ Lotteries in English Pageantry.” The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern Literature and Culture, edited by Christina Luckyj and Niamh J. O’Leary, U of Nebraska P, 2017, pp. 107-25.
- "'Drabs of State vext': Violent Female Masquers in Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women." Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts. Ed. Mara R. Wade. Rodopi, 2014. 294-306.
- "Pageantry, Queens, and Housewives in the Two Texts of The Merry Wives of Windsor." Shakespeare Quarterly 63.3 (2012): 328-54.