Martine van Elk is a Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include early modern women, early modern drama, and Shakespeare. She has written articles on these subjects and most recently published a book on early modern Dutch and English women writers. She also runs two blogs on early modern women.

Other Publications


Early Modern Women’s Writing: Domesticity, Privacy and the Public Sphere in England and the Dutch Republic. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Tudor Drama before Shakespeare, 1485-1590: New Directions for Research, Criticism, and Pedagogy, ed. Lloyd Edward Kermode, Jason Scott-Warren, and Martine van Elk. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Play Edition

Gammer Gurton’s Needle, in Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama, Gen. Ed. Christina M. Fitzgerald and John T. Sebastian. Broadview, 2013.

Essays and Book Chapters

“Anglo-Dutch Exchange and Book History: Early Modern Female Stationers Crossing Borders.” Anglo-Dutch Connections in the Early Modern World, ed. Sjoerd Levelt, Esther van Raamsdonk, and Michael D. Rose. New York: Routledge, 2023. 171–180.

“Early Modern Dutch and English Women Across Borders.” Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Women’s Writing in English, 1540–1700, ed. Elizabeth Scott-Bauman, Danielle Clark, and Sarah C. E. Ross. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. 451–68.

Review Essay. “Digital Editions of Early Modern Women’s Writing.” Special issue on early modern women, Criticism 63.1-2 (2021): 185–92.

“Female Glass Engravers in the Early Modern Dutch Republic.” Renaissance Quarterly 73.1 (Spring 2020): 165-211.

“‘Famed as far as one finds books’: Women Publishers in the Dutch Republic and England.” Women’s Labour and the History of the Book in Early Modern England. Ed. Valerie Wayne. Arden/Bloomsbury: 2020. 115–42.

“Women Writers and the Dutch Stage: Public Femininity in the Plays of Verwers and Questiers.” Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500-1750. Eds. Amanda Pipkin and Sarah Joan Moran. Leiden: Brill, 2019. 167–91.

“‘Blessed art thou, Reader, if you are not of that sex.’ Public Femininity in Seventeenth-Century France, England and the Low Countries.” Michaelina Wautier: Glorifying a Forgotten Talent. Ed. Katlijne van der Stighelen. Antwerp: Rubenshuis, 2018. 120-33.

“‘Before she ends up in a brothel’: Public Femininity and the First Actresses in England and the Low Countries.” Early Modern Low Countries 1.1 (2017): 30-50.

“‘Thou shalt present me as an eunuch to him’: Terence in Early Modern England.” Blackwell Companion to Terence. Ed. Antonios Augoustakis and Ariana Traill. Blackwell, 2013. 410-428.

“True Fire, Noble Flame: Friendship Poetry by Katharina Lescailje, Cornelia van der Veer, and Katherine Philips.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 7 (2012). 157-90.

“Courtliness, Piety, and Politics: Emblem Books by Georgette de Montenay, Anna Roemers Visscher, and Esther Inglis.” Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters. Eds. Anne Larsen and Julie Campbell. Ashgate, 2009. 183-212.

“‘You will find many wants’: Flushing in the 1590s.” Sidney Journal 27.1 (2009): 1-8.

“‘This sympathized one day’s error’: Genre, Representation, and Subjectivity in The Comedy of Errors.” Shakespeare Quarterly 60.1 (2009): 47-72.

“‘She would tell none other tale’: Narrative Strategies in the Bridewell Court Books and the Rogue Literature of the Early Modern Period.” Early Modern Culture: An Electronic Seminar 7.

“‘Determined to prove a villain’: Criticism, Pedagogy, and Richard III.” College Literature 34.4 (Fall 2007): 1-21.

“The Counterfeit Vagrant: The Dynamic of Deviance in the Bridewell Court Records and the Literature of Roguery.” Rogues and Early Modern English Culture. Eds. Craig Dionne and Steve Mentz. University of Michigan Press, 2004. 120-39.

“Urban Misidentification in The Comedy of Errors and the Cony-Catching Pamphlets.” Studies in English Literature 43.2 (Spring 2003): 323-46.

“‘Our praises are our wages’: Courtly Exchange, Social Mobility, and the Female Body in The Winter’s Tale.” Philological Quarterly 79 (Fall 2000): 429-457. Rpt. in Shakespearean Criticism Vol. 81 (2004): 347-60.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Early Modern Women Writers in the Dutch Republic.” With Lia van Gemert. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Women Writers. Gen. ed. Rosalind Smith and Patricia Pender. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030–1537-4_10-1.

“Women and Religion in Print.” Palgrave Encyclopedia of Women Writers. Gen. ed. Rosalind Smith and Patricia Pender. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01537-4_15-1.

Anne Southwell. Entry in The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. Eds. Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. and Alan Stewart. Blackwell, 2012.

“Lady Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory.” Reading Early Women: An Anthology of Printed Texts and Manuscripts, 1500-1700. Eds. Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer. Routledge, 2003. 422-28.

“Edna O’Brien.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 231: British Novelists Since 1960. Fourth Series. Ed. Merritt Moseley. Buccoli, Clark, Layman, 2000. 176–91.

Book Reviews

Book Review of Martha Moffitt Peacock, Heroines, Harpies, and Housewives: Imaging Women of Consequence in the Dutch Golden Age (Brill, 2020). Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 17.1 (2022): 228–231.

Book Review of Marjorie Rubright, Doppelgänger Dilemmas: Anglo-Dutch Relations in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Journal of British Studies 54.4 (2015): 1029-30.

Book Review of David Landreth, The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature (Oxford University Press, 2012). Modern Philology 112.3 (2015). E238-E240.

Book Review of Katherine C. Little, Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Late Medieval Poetry (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). Arthuriana 24.4 (2014): 148-49.

Book Review of Susan Broomhall and Jennifer Spinks, Early Modern Women in the Low Countries: Feminizing Sources and Interpretations of the Past (Ashgate, 2011), Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 8 (2013): 389-392.


Jetske Reinou van der Malen: Mijn veder beeft.” Panpoëticon Batavūm. Schrijverskabinet.nlEd. Lieke van der Deinsen. 2017.


Editor Section on International Contexts, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Women’s Writing, gen. ed. Rosalind Smith and Patricia Pender. Multi-year project.

Blog: Early Modern Women: Lives, Texts, Objects

Blog: Early Modern Female Book Ownership



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