Kirk Melnikoff

Editorial Board Member, Shakespeare Bulletin, Marlowe Studies
Treasurer, Marlowe Society of America
Associate Professor of English


  • PhD., Boston University
  • M.A., Boston University
  • B.A., Lehigh University

Areas of Interest:

  • Elizabethan Literature
  • History of the Book
  • Performance History
  • Shakespeare on Film


Robert Greene. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.

Writing Robert Greene: Essays on England’s First Notorious Professional Writer (with Edward Gieskes). Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.


“Thomas Hacket and the Ventures of an Elizabethan Publisher.” The Library. 7th Series 10.3 (2009): 257-71. 

“Case Studies in Reading 1: Reading the Texts.” Continuum Handbook to Shakespeare Studies. Eds. Andrew Hiscock and Stephen Longstaffe. London: Continuum, 2009. 71-92.

“[I]ygging vaines” and “riming mother wits”: Marlowe, Clowns and the Early Frameworks of Dramatic Authorship.” Early Modern Literary Studies. 13.2, Special issue 16 (October, 2007) 8.1-37.

“Wartime Shakespeare: The Strange Case of Bataan (1943).” Literature/Film Quarterly. 35.2 (2007):129-139.

(with Jennifer Munroe) “Seasoning the Sonnet, Playing Poets: ‘The Sonnet Slam’ as Extra-Pedagogical Event.” Pedagogy 7.2 (2007): 251-257.

“The ‘Extremities’ of Sumptuary Law in Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 19 (2006): 227-234.

“Jones’s Pen and Marlowe’s Socks: Richard Jones” Tamburlaine the Great (1590), and the Beginnings of English Dramatic Literature.” Studies in Philology 102.3 (2005).

“Richard Jones (fl. 1564-1613): Elizabethan Printer, Bookseller and Publisher.” Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography 12.3 (2001): 153-184.

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 3050: Shakespeare in Performance
  • ENGL 3100: Approaches to Literature
  • ENGL 3301: British Literature Survey I
  • ENGL 4116: Early Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4117: Late Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4131: Early English Drama
  • ENGL 6111: Shakespeare’s Comedies and Histories
  • ENGL 6680: Shakespeare on Film